Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Happy Call Yummies - Mango Tofu with Basil

I love one pot meals as it saves loads of my trouble having to think what to prepare for dinner. It'll be even better if the one pot meal contains ingredients that cover all our nutrition needs ie. fibre, protein etc. 

I am a collector of recipe books because I enjoy poring over the pages of the books having a visual feast. Last night, I found a recipe that interest me sufficiently to want to experiment on my HappyCall pan. 
I didn't follow the recipe to the T as there were several ingredients that I didn't have in my stash and I didn't want to buy more seasoning or bottles of sauce to clutter my already almost bursting by the 'seams' refrigerator. I love how the minced pork turns out so soft even though it's been fried! I can't seem to achieve soft fried minced pork on regular frying pan.

This recipe was adapted from the book "Hanky Panky with Beancurd" (publisher: Seashore)


Experimenting on HappyCall pans with recipes that was meant to be prepared on regular pans/woks has driven me to want to whip up more interesting dinners at home. I will continue to plough through my cook books to try out new recipes! 

Mango Tofu with Basil
Ingredients:
2 packs of tofu - cut into 9 pieces for each pack of tofu (meant for frying)
1 slice of mango (cut into large cubes)
2 small capsicums - chopped (use capsicums of differing colours to add interest visually)
2 stalks basil (you'd need only the leaves)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
3 slices ginger
100gms minced pork

Seasoning for the meat (to be seasoned before cooking the meat):
1 tsp corn flour
1 tsp soya sauce
a dash of pepper
2 tbsp water

Seasoning for this dish:
2 tsp shao xing wine
1.5 tsp hoi sin sauce
2 tsp soya sauce
1 tsp Knorr chicken powder
4 tbsp water

Method of preparation:
1) Add salt into a pot of boiling water; place the tofu in boiling water for 5 mins. Drain the water and set the tofu aside.
2) Add the chopped capsicum into the Happycall Pan and cook on medium low heat for 2-3 mins (flip the pan at the 2 min point, cease fire on the 3rd min); dish the vege out and set it aside.
3) Heat a little olive oil in the Happycall pan and add in the garlic and ginger, saute for 1 min (with the lid closed).
4) Add minced pork and add the rest of the seasoning at this point give it a light stir to combine the seasoning with the meat before closing the lid. On medium low heat, Set timer to 2 mins and close the lid. Flip the pan over and cook for another 1 min.
5) Flip the pan back to its original position, open up the lid and add in the tofu, basil and capsicum. Close the lid and set the timer to cook for 4 mins. At the 2nd min, give the pan a swirl and flip it over, at the 3rd min swirl the pan again and flip it back. Cease fire as the timer goes off at the 4th min.
6) Open the lid add the mango and give it a light stir.
7) Serve with rice and there's your one-pan meal!

Have fun using your Happycall pan!
  

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Mama Bliss,

I can see that u r using brown rice instead of white rice for ur meal. Any recommendation on which brand is easily to cook (heard of some brown rice that may turn out hard).

Cheers... Melody

Mama Bliss said...

Yes, Melody, we've been consuming mixed rice for a long time :) I learned it from my Endocrine & Diabetes specialist during the time when I was expecting my 2 kids (as I was diabetic throughout my 2 pregnancies). Such rice has complex carbohydrates that breaks down the sugar in the rice slowly therefore it's a healthier choice of all rice.

I buy the "Healthy Rice" by Fairprice, it comes ready with all the 3 different types of rice in one pack (ie. red, brown and white). I'd usually add a little more water than usual to cook the rice so I need not do any pre-soaking prior. The rice has always been soft and we didn't have any problems with it being hard or dry.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mama Bliss,

Yeah, pregnancies were not easy for me either, with complications like thyroid and other issues *phew*. So ur diabetic went away after u have delivered?

Oh.. Healthy Rice does sound Healthy to me, hee... Thks!

Will look out for it on my next trip to Fairprice. By the way, did u try using it to cook into porridge? Does it require a longer cooking time or pre-soak?

Cheers... Melody

Mama Bliss said...

I am not completely given the clean bill on diabetes as my blood sugar still hover in between a diabetic/non-diabetic so would have to be more conscious of what I eat.

yes I've used the mixed rice to cook porridge it tasted just like porridge cooked in white rice. Just boil it a little longer with more water :)

Anonymous said...

Oh.. One of the sacrifice that a mother would have to bear. Take gd care yae!

Cheers... Melody