Salted duck eggs (itlog na maalat)

I was very happy to receive the duck eggs from my husband’s colleague 21 days ago, of course the first thing that came to my mind is to make salted eggs a.k.a itlog na maalat in Filipino term (:. It is best eaten with lots of tomatoes and vinegar. I have been missing and craving this homey food very much so I brined the duck eggs for 21 days and today the long wait is over. Finally, I can cook and eat them. They were just perfect for my taste as it’s not too salty.

salted eggs

salted eggs

Despite its name, salted duck eggs can also be made from chicken eggs, though the taste and texture will be somewhat different, and the egg yolk will be less rich. I’ve read that Shaoxing wine could turn egg yolks  into  orange-red beautifully unfortunately I don’t have Shaoxing wine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen duck eggs
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
Procedure:
1. Wash eggs then dry them using paper towels. Carefully place them in a clean large jar. In a pot over medium heat, bring water to a boil. Add salt while stirring until water is already saturated and salt can no longer dissolve. Remove from heat. Allow the brine solution to completely cool down before pouring it in the jar. To help the eggs stay submerged, fill a small plastic bag with water, seal it and put it on top of the eggs before placing the jar lid.
2. Store the jar in room temperature for 21-25 days. Do a readiness test on the 21st day by boiling one egg. If you think it is salty enough for you, and the yolk is already dark yellow, then wash eggs then boil for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.You can add a few drops of food colouring if you want an authentic bright pink colour. Add 1 tbsp. of vinegar to make the colouring adhere to the egg shells.  Run the eggs under cold water then drain. If you think the eggs are not yet ready, leave them in the brine for 4 to 67 more days. You can store boiled salted eggs in the refrigerator for up to one month.
itlog na maalat

itlog na maalat

 

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Cravings

It’s been raining for a week even though it’s summertime here already. I suddenly miss Philippines 😦  and the food that I love eating there  during rainy days like   mami(noodle soup) and pair it with siopao (steamed buns) .  I really want to cook mami but I don’t have available noodles so I ended up making some steamed buns. For the filling I just used roasted chicken leftover that my husband bought from the shop. I just flaked the chicken and  cooked it  in adobo style.

steamed buns(siopao)

steamed buns(siopao)

For the yeast dough recipe, here is  the link Jun-Blog.

1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
3 cups (12 1/2 ounces) flour

Put the yeast in a small bowl, add the water and set aside for 1 minute to soften. Whisk in the oil to blend and dissolve the yeast. Set aside.

Combine sugar, baking powder and flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture.  Slowly stir with a wooden spoon, moving from the center toward the rim, to work in all the flour.  Keep stirring as a ragged but soft dough forms. Then use your fingers to gather and pat the dough together into a ball. Transfer to a clean work surface and knead for about 5 minutes.  You should not need additional flour if the dough was properly made.  Keep kneading until the dough is smooth and slightly elastic.Press your finger into the dough and it should spring back with a slight indentation remaining.

Place the dough in a large bowl that has been lightly oiled. Cover with plastic wrap and put it in a warm, draft-free place to rise such as an oven and let it sit for around 45 minutes until the dough has nearly doubled.  You can refrigerate the dough if you do not need it right away but make sure that it is covered well with a plastic wrap.

Lightly dust your clean work surface with flour.  Cut the dough in half and roll into a foot-long log.  Cut the log into eight pieces.

Roll each piece into a ball and flatten each piece gently into a small disc using your palm. Using a small rolling pin (either a 1-inch wooden dowel or the end of a wooden spoon like what I used, would do) roll the edges and only the edges. There should be a small bulge at the center of the dough, which the Chinese calls the belly.Place a generous tablespoon of your  filling in the center of the dough, right on the belly. Wrap the filling by pressing and pulling the edges of the dough.Gather and pull the edges up and twist the top to fully cover the filling.

Cut 2-inch square wax paper sheets and use these to line the bottom of each bun before steaming them. Steam up to 4 buns in an 8-inch steamer. Make sure that there’s around a 1 to 2-inch space in between buns inside the steamer.

Boil water in your wok or a large pan and place the steamers with the buns in your wok or pan. Steam for around 15 minutes. Make sure that the water does not come in contact with the buns.Remove the lid before you turn off the heat to avoid condensed water from dripping back to the buns. Continue steaming the rest of the batch.

siopao

siopao

Love at first bite :)

I still have plenty of shrimp left in my fridge and I was thinking to try a new recipe , so I browse the internet and I stumbled on this firecracker shrimps images. I was so excited to try it because honestly I never knew about firecracker shrimps and  haven’t tasted one before. I tell you  these fried shrimps are seductress to the taste buds and make everyone wanting  more after first bite, aka love at first bite ;D

firecracker shrimps

firecracker shrimps

firecracker shrimp with sweet chili sauce

25 large tail-on shrimp, deveined and nicked (see above)
15 eggroll/springroll wrappers, cut in half diagonally (2 triangles)
oil for frying

Marinade
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sweet chili sauce
1 tsp cornstarch

Cornstarch “paste” (mix well to form paste)
1 Tb cornstarch
1/4 cup water

1. Combine marinade ingredients in bowl, marinate shrimp for 20 minutes.

2. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel. Wrap each shrimp in a eggroll/springroll wrapper half. Seal with cornstarch paste.

3. Fry in hot oil (375) for 3 minutes, until golden brown and shrimp is cooked through. Serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping.

Got the recipe fromSteamy Kitchen

Pork Siomai

Siomai is one of my favorite Chinese food  especially when dip in chili sauce or just toyomansi.  I  also love it in deep fried style.  While eating siomai I remember back in the Philippines where I could eat it any time, anywhere as you can buy it also in the streets (street foods). So here’s the recipe from www.recipe-tv.ph.

1 pack Siomai wrapper Filling:
½ kilo Monterey Ground Lean pork (kasim)
250 grams Monterey Pork Backfat, coarsely chopped
100 grams Shelled shrimps, diced
250 grams Grated and squeezed turnips or carrots
1/3 cup Chopped spring onions
1 Egg
1 cup Cornstarch
2 tsps Refined salt
¼ tsp Ground black pepper
1 tbsp Sesame oil

Procedure:

Mix siomai filling ingredients in a bowl. Set aside in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Fill each siomai wrapper with 2 tsps filling. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm with a dip made of soy sauce and calamansi juice.

Makes 45 pieces.