Chinese New Year

So it is now the year of the pig. We celebrate the Chinese New Year every year with a nice dinner at our house.

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I am not chinese, but my daughter is. And I lived there for nearly 7 years. So that’s why;)

This year I made 6 different dishes, and it took me a day to prepare. Chinese food is all about cutting it all into little pieces and mixing it with ginger, Chili and garlic. And other little things;)

I will add lot’s of recipes at the blog.

So what should you drink with the food?

This year I had the best paired wine with the food ever. Two different kinds of Stoneleigh from New Zealand.

I actually preferred the Chardonnay with the food. It was a perfect match! But my husband liked the other one better. I will stock up with the Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay because it’s the best wine I ever had with the Chinese food. And I have 16 years of experience of chinese food and wine;)

The food I make is just a little bit spicy, the Shanghai style of cooking. I did make a Sichuan dish too, and I still loved the Chardonnay with it. The wine is very rich and well just buy it, trust me!

The Wild Valley Sauvignon Blanc was a good one too, but more on the sweet side. I had this one with fish the other night and it was perfect!

So just stay updated on my blog, and I will give you all those recipes to go with the wine!

Enjoy!!

Gong Xi Fa Cai🎋

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Anise Chicken

This is a very tasty Chinese dish that my chinese ayi taught me a long time ago back in Shanghai.

And I always cook it for our Chinese New Years celebrations.

You need the following:

4 chicken filets, cut into small pieces

4 table spoons cornstarch

8 Star anise

2 egg whites

Soy sauce

Salt

1, You mix the egg whites with the cornstarch and anise.

2, And then you add the chicken to it.

3, Wait for some minutes, then put it into the wook and cover with water.

4,Let it simmer for some minutes.

5, Then wash it in a drainer.

6, Next, add oil to the wook and fry it all for 2 minutes.

7,Add some water, and 5-6 tablespoons of soy sauce.

And some salt, not to much!

And a spoon if sugar!

Let it simmer for around 5 minutes.

Done!

Serve with some noodles, or just eat it as it is.

Beef Broccoli

This is such an easy recipe, and jet it tastes so good!

INGRIDIENTS;

500 gram lean sirloin steak, thinly sliced

2-300 grams broccoli florets, and one sliced carrot

4 tbsp of Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster Sauce

2 tbsp Cooking oil

Follow these steps;

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1, Marinate the sirloin steak in 2 tbsp of Oyster Sauce

2, Blanch the broccoli and carrot for 2 minutes, and then drain it. (Blanch, boil 2 minutes and then rinse with cold water quickly and then drain it)

3, Stir fry the beef for 2 minutes

4, Add the vegetables and 2 tbsp of Oyster Sauce and let it cook for 2 minutes.

5, Serve with rice or noodles.

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R Asia

This is a great Chinese restaurant for authentic Chinese food, it is located in Solna, Stockholm.

You have two options at the restaurant, go there for a buffet.

Or book a table in one of the two private rooms, and have a private party with real Chinese food. They even have a karaoke here! So it’s just like being in China. (I love karaoke 😉

We had Feiteng fish, Guobao pork, pork belly with chilli oil and Fish Fragrant Aubergine. The aubergine doesn’t have any fish in it.It is just prepared the way you do with the fish.

Feiteng Waterboiled Fish, I think that everyone loves this dish! Just make sure you don’t eat the Sichuan corns!

I have a friend that ate a whole fish alone once;) Because I wanted some other food.. 😂

For the buffet, I have no idea how it is. I rather go for all the food I’m used too!

Asia R Asia

Address:Postgången 59, Solna ( Just when you come up from the tube station!)

Phone:08-270808

www.rasia.se

Dumplings

My kids prefer home made dumplings, or Jiaozi as they say in China.  I have to make them a few times every month.  And I always have one of the kids to help me with them. Because it takes some time to make them..

Favourite filling; minced chicken, cabbage, spring onion, garlic, fresh ginger.

The plate is designed by Lansheng Li for Spin, China.

The sauce is mega important!! I like to mix Japanese soy sauce, a touch of rice wine and freshly squeezed ginger. All mixed together. Yum!! 

I buy the dumpling (jiaozi) wrappers in a local Asian store. I normally buy the gyoza skins.

About 50 dumpling/gyoza wrappers

INGREDIENTS

500 grams of minced chicken

2-3 spring onion, finely chopped

A hand full of finely chopped cabbage

Squeeze in some ginger (if you like ginger)

1 piece finely sliced garlic

1 table spoon rice wine

1 table spoon soy sauce

A touch of sesame sauce

Mix it all together

Prepare a table with the bowl of minced chicken

A glas of water

A wooden board to put the finished dumpling at. It should be a bit damp so they don’t get stuck.

A table spoon.

And then you put a table spoon full of the mix in the middle of the wrapper.

And then you dip your finger in a glass of water, and dampen the outer wrapper ring before you fold it together. Press the ends of the wrapper seal it to close. The water makes it easier.

Make little pleats all around the dumpling.

Cook them in a wok or a frying pan. You need a lid.

Add oil in the pan, add some dumplings. Fry more a short while.

Add water to the pan til the bottom is full, put the lid on. When the water is gone, then you let them fry on one or two sides (If you like them fried)

Enjoy!!!

This is really nice to do with a group of friends. And you can freeze the ones you dont use!!

Gong Bao Ji Ding

Or The English name, Kung Pao Chicken. Kung Pao Chicken is one of my favourite dishes from China, and when you cook it make a lot, because it is hard to stop eating;)

It’s a Sichuan dish. The name comes from Ding Baozhen that was called Kung Pao. He used to serve this dish, and people started to call the dish after him.

Ingredients;

900 grams (2 pounds) of chicken breasts, or legs. Cut into small cubes.

2,2 dl (1 cup) of fried peanuts

4 spring onions, the white part. Cut it into small bits.

8 dried chilli peppers ( or as many as you want, it’s according to your taste.

Cooking oil

2 teaspoons Sichuan pepper

A pinch of salt

!!!If you are using Sichuan peppercorn powder, add it along with the deep-fried peanuts.

When frying the Sichuan peppercorn, use low heat and be patient. Over-fried Sichuan peppercorn brings a bitter taste!! Ok?!?

Marinating

a small pinch of salt

4 tsp. dark soy sauce (for coloring)

2 tbsp. Rice wine

4 tsp. cornstarch

The Mixed Sauce

1tablespoon dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons of light soy sauce

a small pinch of salt (around 1/2 tsp.)

5 centimetres (2 inch) of grated ginger

2 tablespoons chopped green onion

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

4 tsp.cornstarch

2 tablespoon vinegar

4 tablespoons water

3-4 teaspoons of sugar

Cut the chicken into little square bits. Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and marine it with salt, soy sauce, cooking wine and cornstarch.  

Cut the spring onion into thin slices, and slice the ginger and garlic.

Heat up the oil in the wok until hot, add the chicken cubes. Fry until all of the chicken cubes begin to change color.

Transfer the chicken cubes to a plate for a while. Add Sichuan peppercorn and dried chili pepper, and fry until aromatic. Add the garlic, ginger and half of the scallions. Quickly fry to mix well.

Add the chicken again.

Stir the sauce, and then pour it in and mix with the chicken in the wok.

Fry until the sauce is well coated. Mix with the remaining leek onion white sections and fried peanuts. Finished!

Serve with rice.

I used Chili flakes in this one. Because my daughter doesn’t think it’s spicy then;)

Restaurant China

Is a real chinese restaurant in Stockholm. After 7 years in China, I like to get some good chinese food every now and then. And I’m really happy when I don’t have to cook it myself.

At China they even have a Beijing duck owen, I haven’t tried it jet, but everyone that has say’s that it is great. But what I do know is that they have a superb false Beijing duck. What is that you might think, it is shredded pork with spring onions and bean sauce. It reminds you of Beijing duck, and the same sauce is used. And you eat it with bread. The story goes that a grand father couldn’t afford to cook Beijing duck for his son, so he made it with pork instead. And when the grandson grew up to become a chef he was served the real stuff and then got the story behind it from his grand father.

They serve food from different parts of China, and it’s all really good!

I can totally recommend this place!

Adress; Ringvägen 110, Stockholm

Phone +46 8 668 8771

Mail info@restaurantchina.se