Friday, 25 June 2010

East Asian food blog moves to Blogger: Chinese ginger garlic marinade

After a week at WordPress, I'm moving my new blog, Anna Chen Eats, to Blogger. If you haven't had a look, please do check it out and do all the usual subscriby things if you like it.

To give you a taste, this is my latest post:

Chinese ginger and garlic marinade: basic and easy

Here's a Chinese marinade my dear old Dad taught me when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, Grasshopper.

It's a basic one made from crushed garlic, grated ginger root, brown sugar and soy sauce. Dark soy is usually used in marinades but, as this one is being used in a stir-fry with seared salmon, I went for the light soy. Remember that light soy is a bit saltier. I've also added a few crushed chilli seeds for a variation on the theme.

UK Chinese often use Golden Syrup instead of sugar. You can experiment with a dollop of honey as well, although that's an interesting fusion rather than traditional Chinese cooking.

1 small bulb crushed garlic,
1 heaped dessertspoon grated ginger root,
1 heaped dessertspoon brown sugar
Half cup of soy sauce (light used here)
Optional: Half teaspoon chilli seeds

Chinese marinade with ginger, garlic and sugar
From the top, clockwise: crushed garlic, chilli seeds (optional), brown sugar, grated ginger root.

Chinese marinade with ginger, garlic and sugar
Note that the main ingredients are in roughly equal proportions. Mix together with soy sauce to make a paste.

Chinese marinade with ginger, garlic and sugar
It should look something like this, a thick sauce. OK, you're ready for cooking.

USES: In stir-fries. To marinade meat or fish, make it a bit thicker by using less soy sauce, remembering to score the meat first. Make fresh each time, although the salt in the soy sauce should mean this is good in the fridge for a few days.

CHEAT POINT: If you are in a rush or have run out of fresh root ginger, you can use a dessertspoon of powdered ginger instead.

More at Anna Chen Eats — East Asian Food


My Bestfriend's Little Sister(MBLS) said...

So glad you moved back to blogspot, wordpress really confuses me!

Can't wait to try your recipes!

Madam Miaow said...

Hi, MBLS. Yes, didn't make sense having to master two platforms even though there are definite attractions with WordPress.

Hope you enjoy the food. Let me know how goes.

Nevin said...

waw those photos are mouth watering...