I am rather embarrassed wanting to issue this recipe and it is not my intention to share with readers this simple household recipe. I believed I am the only blogger to blog this dish. Lol. However, I have decided to record this in my blog to capture my childhood dishes and the forgotten traditional simple dishes.
This dish is a dish that my late mum used to cook and I have never seen it being sold in the mixed rice vegetable stores. I know I am not the only family that cooked this dish, other families cooked this dish as well though there are a bit of differences here and there..When I posted in the Facebook the dish, the post attracted quite a number of likes. Friends and members told me that their mother or grandmother cooked it this way and it is best to go with porridges or white rice.. Many of them seems to forget about this humble dish. Some have added dried shrimps but my recipe is only 3 ingredients simple recipe.
The uniqueness of my house’s recipe is it is black and it is soft that almost melt in the mouth. Mine you, to attain that softness, I have ever simmered for 45 minutes at high heat to get the texture that I want. However for this recipe, I have decided to deep fried for 5 minutes before the simmering starts. It has cut short the cooking time by at least half.
The whole families love this dish including my wife whom my mother in law never cooked in her house. Every time when I cooked this dish, I have to double the portion and kids just love it. Otherwise, I would only have 1 tablespoon before all are eaten by family members.
WHAT IS REQUIRED
Servings: 3-4 Adult Servings
- 1 bundle of long beans
- 2 cloves of garlics, minced
- 2 tablespoons of thick dark caramel soya sauce
- Pinches of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of chicken stock
- Dashes of white pepper
STEPS OF PREPARATION
- Clean the long bean and cut into one inch length. Drain and ensure that the long bean is not wet before proceeding to the next step.
- Heat up a pot of hot oil, deep fry the long bean for about 5 minutes until the long bean is soft. Drain and leave one tablespoon of oil in the frying pan. Sauté the minced garlic until aromatic, add the long bean and follow by about 1 cup of water, add the thick dark caramel soya sauce. Bring to boil and once it boils, let it simmer until your desired softness (about 15 minutes). If the water dries up too quickly, add more water.
- Before dishing up and off the heat, add pinches of salt, chicken stock powder and white pepper. Best served with a bowl of white porridge or steaming white rice.
This simple household dish alone may have no value but when I do a compilation of all the simple household dishes, I am sure readers will appreciate such compilation of dishes commonly cooked by granny. If you have forgotten this dish, why not cook it in your next meal?
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