Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

Updated post on 26-8-2016

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 Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

INTRODUCTION

Since my father passed away about 30 years ago, our family, including my mum never cooked this dish. I cooked this dish based on my memories and “the ingredients” as stated in the canned mushroom minced meat sauce. : Pork, Bean Paste, Sugar, Mushrooms Oil, Chilli Powder, Food Additives (MSG), Spices… of course minus the food additives.. I should say that I am  rather pleased with this homemade minced meat sauce, possibly 80% like what is commonly sold in the market… 

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

After my father passed away, we usually bought the canned minced meat sauce from the stores… We liked to have it with porridges as it has the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness.. .. When I was a teen and if there was a picnic where we were required to bring food for lunch, we prepared sandwiches with this canned minced meat sauce.  As a growing teen, nobody ever complained about this simple yet delicious sandwich.

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

Initially, When I prepared, I have used the traditionally method of chopping the meat into fine pieces. However, after my first round of cooking, I found that the meat is rather course as it was quite lean, therefore, I have used a food processor to blend the cooked meat and make it finer. However, if you wish, you can blend your mushrooms, minced meat, fermented soya beans and chilli separately rather than traditional way of chopping using a knife..

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

 


WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: 1 medium bowl of minced meat paste

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

  • 5 winter mushrooms (soaked)
  • 500 grams of minced pork belly
  • 5 tablespoons of fermented soya beans 
  • 5 fresh chilli
  • 3 tablespoons of castor sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons of chilli oil ( I used sesame chilli oil)
  • 3 tablespoons of sweet dark soya sauce (for colouring purposes)
  • 5 tablespoons of cooking oil

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)


STEPS OF PREPARATION

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

  • Remember for this step, you can either dice/chopped using a knife or using a food processor. In this illustration, no food processor was used and therefore there is a need to re-blend the cooked meat paste at the end of the illustration.

  • Chopped/blend the fermented soya beans,  and mushrooms separately until very fine.

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

  • Mix the minced meat with water just enough to cover the meat. The purpose is to prevent the minced meat from forming lumps when cooked.

  • In a frying pan, put the cooking oil and stir fry the fermented soya beans, mushrooms and chilli until fragrant which took 3-4 minutes.

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

  • Add in the minced meat and continue to stir fry. In this process, the meat will start to secrete the meat juices. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until it dries up. Before it dries up, add the dark soya sauce, sugar and sesame chilli oil. Stir fry until well combined.

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

This is the minced meat without the use of blender. In order to make it finer, I have transfer it to a blender and blend until fine. As it can be rather difficult to blend without some water, I have added some water to facilitate the blending. Therefore, I have to transfer the minced paste back to the pan for further stir frying until it dries up. REMEMBER: IF YOU USED YOUR BLENDER TO MINCE THE MEAT, FERMENTED SOYA BEANS, CHILLI, AND MUSHROOMS, YOU WILL NOT NEED TO DO THE STEPS AS STATED BELOW. The cooked meat sauce will be the same as in the illustration picture below.

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

  • Transfer the blended meat sauce back to the frying pan and stir frying under low to medium heat until the water dries up. Best served as an condiment to go with white rice and white porridges.

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

VEGETARIAN VERSION

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

WHAT IS REQUIRED 

  • 3 dried shitake  mushrooms (soaked)
  • 300 grams of soya bean residue (豆渣)
  • 4 tablespoons of fermented soya beans 
  • 3 fresh chillies
  • 3 tablespoons of castor sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons of chilli oil – optional
  • 3 tablespoons of sweet dark soya sauce (for colouring purposes)
  • 5 tablespoons of cooking oil

 

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

  • Put the mushrooms, tau cheo and chilli into a food processor, blend until as fine as possible.

 

  • Heat up the cooking oil, saute the above mixture until aromatic. Add the soya bean residues, soya sauce and sugar, stir fry until the oil seeps out from the residue.  The entire stir frying shall used low to medium heat and it will took about 20-25 minutes. Feel free to adjust the oil quantity and the seasonings to suit your taste buds. Constant stirring is required.

 

  • Cool completely before storing in bottle. Best served with white porridge.

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)


CONCLUSION

I believed most readers have tried this type of canned meat sauce. As this is a savoury dish with a twang of some sweetness, the measurement is for your reference and what I have stated here is those that suit my family’s taste buds. I would encouraged readers to test some meat sauce, adjust accordingly to suit your family’s taste buds before turning off the heat. 

Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.


Homemade “Bak Cheo”–Mushroom Bean Paste Minced Meat Sauce (香菇肉酱)

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