Chinese Szechuan Cooking by Deh-Ta Hsiung

By Deh-Ta Hsiung

Szechuan food is a mode of chinese language delicacies originating from Sichuan province in southwestern China. It has daring flavours, rather the pungency and spiciness caused by liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, in addition to the original style of the Sichuan pepper. there are various neighborhood diversifications inside of Sichuan province and the Chongqing municipality, which used to be a part of Sichuan till 1997. 4 sub-styles contain Chongqing, Chengdu, Zigong, and Buddhist vegetarian sort.

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Garnished with the fried chicken livers, fried raisins and almonds before serving. indd 29 1/19/11 5:11:12 PM Homestyle Malay Chicken Soup The spices used in this soup has both Malaysian Chinese and Indian influence— ginger and garlic from the Chinese; while cumin, coriander and the rest of the spices are an influence from the Indians. This dish also works well with beef. 4 cups (1 litre) water 2-cm (3/4-in) ginger, peeled and crushed 3 cloves garlic, sliced 1 onion, cut into 6 wedges 1 potato, peeled and cut into 8 wedges 500 g (1 lb) chicken pieces, rubbed with salt, keep aside for 10 minutes 11/2 teaspoons salt Crispy Fried Shallots (page 7), to garnish 1 spring onion, cut into short lengths, to garnish 1 stalk Chinese celery, cut into short lengths, to garnish 2 slices lime 1 To make the Spice Bag, tightly wrapped all the ingredients in a piece of muslin cloth and tie with a piece of string.

Simmer for 5 minutes or until the vegetable wilts. Remove from the heat and serve with plain rice. indd 54 1/19/11 5:12:02 PM Rojak (Mixed Fruit Salad) This fruit salad can be served before or after a meal or as a snack. 200 g (61/2 oz) unripe small green mangoes (about 4), peeled, stoned, flesh sliced lengthwise. 300 g (11/2 cups) sliced pineapple 150 g (1 cup) sliced unpeeled cucumber, core removed 1 slightly ripe star fruit, sliced (core removed) Rojak Sauce 2 red finger-length chillies, deseeded and cut into lengths 1/ tablespoon dried prawn 2 paste (belachan), dryroasted 200 g (1 cup) shaved palm sugar or dark brown sugar, melted with 4 tablespoons water to make a syrup 1 teaspoon black prawn paste (hae koh) 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts, coarsely ground 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, dry-roasted, optional 1 teaspoon salt Serves 2–4 Preparation time: 10 mins 1 Make the Rojak Sauce by pounding the chillies and dried prawn paste until fine.

Allow to cool thoroughly, then store in an airtight container. indd 40 1/19/11 5:11:32 PM Daging Singgang (Hot and Sour Beef Soup) This simple soup is divine either on its own, with rice or with toasted bread. 4 cups (1 litre) of water 1–2 dried red chillies, deseeded, cut into short lengths, soaked to soften 1 piece asam gelugur 2-cm (3/4-in) galangal root, coarsely ground 2-cm (3/4-in) ginger, sliced 3 cloves garlic, sliced 2 shallots, sliced 1/ 2 1/ 2 1/ 2 teaspoon fennel seeds teaspoon cumin seeds teaspoon coriander seeds 2 teaspoons salt 400 g (14 oz) lean beef, sliced into thin strips, rubbed with salt and set aside for 15 minutes Serves 4–6 Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 30 mins 1 Heat the water in a saucepan, add all the ingredients, except the beef slices.

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