Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Meatball Soup & Steamed Dumplings

Prince Charming is down with some cough and some irritable throat, so I had to go easy with our dinner. He has specifically requested something light but not too plain. All I can think of was something soupy and less greasy.

We dropped down to the supermarket at the mall and did some grocery shopping. Due to the cough that Prince Charming has been struggling with, I decided not to attempt anything with poultry. My mummy always stop me and my siblings from taking any poultry whenever we are down with some coughs. I think according to Chinese, poultry products tend to worsen the condition of the cough. I am not too sure if there is any scientific research about it but I dare not take the risk. Looking at how Prince Charming cough while sleeping makes me sad :(

Serves 2~3

Ingredients Amounts
Minced Pork200g
Corn flour2.5 tsp
Minced Prawns
2 ~ 3
Soy Sauce2 ~3 tsp
Sesame oil3 tsp
2 tsp

Carrot, diced

1 medium size

Green onions, sliced

1 medium size
Pork broth
1 Can
Chye Sim
3 stalks


300 ml
  1. In a pot, pour the pork broth followed by adding in the green onions and carrots. Bring to cook over medium heat. Scoop away the fats that surface when boiling.

  2. Turn the heat to low and continue with the cooking of the soup.

  3. In a clean bowl, mixed the minced pork and prawns with pepper, sesame oil, corn flour and soy sauce. Keep the marinated mixture in the fridge till later use.

  4. Observe the boiling soup and make sure that the diced carrots are softened. Roll the marinated pork mixture into small balls and drop into the boiling soup. The meatballs will float up when it is thoroughly cooked.

  5. Add in the Chye Sim and simmer for another 3 mins.
* You may boil some mee hoon and top it with the soup. This serves as a Mee Hoon soup*

No additional seasoning was added to the soup and it tasted really sweet. The meatballs were springy and matches well with the soup base. Prince Charming had 2 big bowls of the soup of which one was served with Mee hoon :)

I used the left over pork mixture and wrap them into Siew Mai look-alike dumplings. I topped the dumplings with some wolfberries and it makes the dumplings look even cuter. Prince Charming call them "Fat Dumplings". The skins were shanghai dumpling skins which I got from Cold Storage, tasted good without the typical yellow noodle like taste comparing to the local yellow wantan skin.

On a side note, you may add in some wolfberries into the soup base as wolfberries have a general sweet taste and is good for the eyesight. Another knowledge that I learnt from my mummy :)

*UPDATES: Please ignore the word "Chicken" on the first two pictures of this entry. There were no poultry involved and I had no idea WHY did I added in Chicken. Sigh. Am I getting old?


Aimei said...

Yeah so long never see your cooking posts. Mst be really heart warming to have a nice warm dish when you are sick. Mr Kwok is very fortunate.

I like your korean BBQ grill! I just saw one at Novena, The Square yesterday but I have yet to try that. Only tried their noodles and bibimbap and it's real nice!

Happy Mrs Kwok said...

Haha... Aimei, you know Mr Kwok has to be the guinea pig for every single things that I popped out from the Kitchen so I have to obliged to his requests :P

The BBQ was really good! I think you try this at home too. If you don't have the grill set, you can buy a rectangular aluminium tray, a wire gaze, some charcoals and fire starters and you can have a BBQ session at home ;) It's really worth trying it out! Hehe..

Anonymous said...

Hi I baked muffin last night, but turn out hard and flat also the colour of the muffin is not golden brown, and this is not first try, don't where go wrong? thank you for you advice.

Ms Jing

Happy Mrs Kwok said...

Hi Anonymous,

Sorry that I did not managed to reply your message earlier. Was busy with work :(

First of all, are your eggs at room temperature? If it isn't, that could be one of the reason. Room temperature eggs make the batter stable and trap more air therefore rising the muffins.

Secondly, did you preheat your oven? If the preheat period is short, the temperature may not be high enough.

Anonymous said...

Hi thank you for your advice, will take note and try again. Update later.

Ms Jing

Anonymous said...

I know how to make/cook dumplings but always like to see the recipe listed when people blog about them.