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Three Ways with Cheung Fun #1

29 Mar

Recently a lot of our customers have been asking us about cheung fun and what they can do with it at home. Although you may have encountered it only in dim sum restaurants, these Chinese “noodle rolls” are incredibly versatile and easy to prepare in a variety of ways, and over the next few posts we will look at 3 different and interesting ways to enjoy a new kind of dish at any time of day.

Traditionally a Cantonese dish, chee cheong fun is a soft, wide strip of folded rice noodle, and is commonly served during dim sum stuffed with a variety of fillings, ranging from char siu pork to fried dough stick. You could think of it as the Chinese version of cannelloni, although it is dressed with sweet soy sauce and hot oil rather than tomato sauce. At dim sum, you can order a variety of cheung fun, which are served steamed until almost translucent, with their tops scored to reveal the filling.

Making cheung fun from scratch can be rewarding as you can experiment with the fillings and what you put into the rice dough itself. However, it can be rather tricky if you’re looking for a quick snack.

Buying ready-prepared cheung fun makes it even easier to enjoy, as it can be quickly stir fried, steamed or even microwaved. Here is a Malaysian inspired serving suggestion that can be enjoyed as a delicious snack any time, or as an unusual Asian style breakfast.

Malaysian Style Cheung Fun

Cheung Fun Rojak

Serves 2
200g x Fresh Cheung Fun – plain or seafood
1 tbsp Rojak Sauce (Malaysian shrimp paste fruit sauce) or to taste
1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 tbsp Fried Shallots
Shredded Cucumber
1/2 tsp sesame oil

Steam the cheong fun in a bamboo steamer over a pan of boiling water or in a steamer until soft (alternatively you can stir-fry or microwave it). Remove carefully and chop into 1-2 inch pieces. Top with some rojak sauce, oil, toasted sesame seeds, the cucumber and fried shallots.

For a healthier version of this dish, try adding steamed cheung fun to shredded lettuce and cucumber, using a reduced salt soy sauce mixed with a little sugar and a few drops of sesame oil as a topping, with some chopped spring onions.

Much better than a bowl of cereal…Have fun!

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Dim Sum at Home!

5 Aug

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We all love to eat Dim Sum, but sadly we can’t make enough excuses to eat it all the time. Someone might get suspicious… But don’t fret! Central are always fully stocked with all your favourite Dim Sum dishes. Many people do not attempt to make Dim Sum at home as it is very time-consuming and involves a lot of complicated techniques – so we have left all the hard bits to the professionals, to bring you the finest Dim Sum ready to be steamed at your convenience or when you get those Dim Sum withdrawal symptoms.

So what exactly is Dim Sum?

Aside from being our favourite food in the entire world, Dim Sum comes from the age-old tradition of ‘Yum Cha’ which means tea tasting. Traditionally, travellers and local farmers would stop at tea houses located on the Silk Road to rest after a hard day’s work.  After realising that tea was beneficial to digestion, the tea shops started serving small snacks with the tea. The tradition of Yum Cha was transformed over centuries from being a relaxing affair, to a loud and joyful one, as it became a widely popular dining experience all over China, enjoyed at all times of the day. In some areas of China, Dim Sum is enjoyed as a weekend treat with the family. In other regions it is enjoyed as a tasty snack in the morning.

Types of Dim Sum

There are a large range of Dim Sum dishes but the most popular, staple dishes are:

Steamed

Har Gau (Prawn dumpling wrapped in translucent rice flour skin)

Siu Mai (minced pork and prawn wrapped in won ton pastry and topped with crab roe)

Jiaozi Dumplings (Won ton pastry filled with pork, prawn or vegetables, pan-fried and steamed)

Fung Chaw (Chicken feet marinated in black bean sauce)

Char Siu Bao (Sweet and fluffy bun filled with honeyed roast pork)

Cheong Fun (Wide rice noodles filled with prawns/minced beef/roast pork and rolled)

Lo Mai Gai (Glutinous rice filled with egg yolk, dried scallop, mushroom, water chestnut and meat- usually pork and chicken)

Deep Fried

Taro Dumpling (made with mashed taro, stuffed with diced shiitake mushrooms, shrimp and pork, deep-fried in crispy batter)

Won Ton (Thin pastry filled with meat/or fish and vegetable)

Daikon Cake (Shredded Daikon also known as turnip, mixed with shredded pork or shrimp and pan-fried )

Congee (A thick soup with a variety of meats and fish , with peanuts, ginko nuts, shredded scallop, ginger)

Sweets

Custard Tarts (Small, sweet custard egg tarts)

Dou Fu Fa (Silken Tofu with sweet ginger syrup)

Jin Deui (Especially popular at Chinese New Year, chewy dough filled with red bean paste, rolled in sesame seeds, and deep fried)

Steamed Sponge Cake (Sweet, soft sponge cake flavoured with Molasses)

HOW-TO: Prepare restaurant quality Dim Sum at home

For those of us who were unsure about how it’s done – here is Dim Sum at its simplest. All you need is a steamer and water! You can use any kind of steamer, but for an authentic feel (and to impress your friends) you can use bamboo steamers.

  

TIP: Cut out a circle of baking paper on the base of the bamboo steamers to keep the food from sticking to them.

Heat a saucepan of boiling water and simmer. Make sure your saucepan fits the steamers on    top so that no heat can escape. Following the cooking times of each Dim Sum dish, put each ingredient into a bamboo layer, and place over the saucepan, with the longest cooking times on the bottom layers.

TIP: Place a penny in the boiling water. If you hear it knocking around after a while, it means you need to add more water!

Now it’s time to sit back and relax for about 20 minutes and let the steam work its magic…

The delicious results

  

Ha Gow, Siu Mai, Pork and Vegetable Bao and Mini Glutinous Rice!

Carefully remove the steamers and serve immediately with your favourite sauces

   

So now you’ve seen just how simple and easy it is, you can throw an easy and delicious dinner party or just spice up your Sunday lunch!

In the beginning, there was food

9 Jul

W0w, our very first blog post!

Here at Central we are very excited to be joining the online world and are very keen on exploring and creating online communities dedicated to the discovery of new and exciting flavours of the East!

This blog is for all those who are passionate about Oriental cuisine, those who are just plain curious, and those who want to know where to go to get their fix of Oriental food, from chicken feet to chicken chow mein!

We’ll be letting you know about the latest news and events, recipes that we think you’ll love, special offers on the huge range of products we have and we’ll be getting feedback from you on everything Oriental!

We are very excited and look forward to hearing your opinions, recipes and experiences with the greatest cuisine in the world!

-Central Oriental Supermarket!