In the fairytale, Beauty falls in love with the Beast, without knowing that inside the outer ugliness was the handsome prince of her dreams. It is a bit like my Cha Shao Roast Beef, crispy and crusty on the outside with lean deliciousness within.
The Beast, on the other hand, saw Beauty and immediately fell deeply in love with her and her obvious charms. It’s a bit like that with me and Bill Granger‘s wonderful Mango Pudding. It was love at first bite.
Cha Shao Roast Beef
I managed to photograph everything needed for the beef, except the ginger. The list is as follows:
- 1 kilo of best beef fillet
- 1 inch of ginger chopped like in the photo
- 6 cloves of garlic chopped like in the photo
- 2 teaspoons of fermented bean curd
- 2 tablespoons of rice wine
- 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of Hoi Sin sauce or Peking Duck Sauce
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
My recipe is an adaptation of various recipes from various cookbooks. The Hamlyn published Complete Encyclopedia of Chinese Cooking is my oldest and closest reference. You will get everything bar the beef and the oil in the Chinese Supermarket (The butcher for the beef). Put the ingredients in a shallow dish and spoon it over the beef. Leave it there for two to four hours turning and basting every half hour.
Put it on a rack. Baste it. Put it in a very hot oven (230 – 240 degrees C) for 12 minutes, turning and re-basting half way through. Take it out and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Carve it and serve it with the noodles.
Simple Singapore Noodles
- 6 portions of dried fine Chinese noodles, cooked and drained. Rinse with cold water and add a little oil to stop them sticking.
- 2 red onions
- 2 white onions
- 1 bunch spring onions cut diagonally into 2.5cm / 1 inch pieces
- 1 tin of water chestnuts, rinsed, chopped in half or quarters if you have the patience
- 8 to 12 dried Chinese mushrooms, reconstituted and sliced.
- 1 inch of ginger chopped fine
- 3 cloves of garlic chopped fine
- 6 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 4 teaspoons of hot curry powder
- 4 – 6 tablespoons of vegetable oil for frying
Put the wok on the heat. When hot add the oil. Add the onions, ginger and garlic. fry until soft. Add the spring onions, mushrooms and water chestnuts. Fry a bit and then add the curry powder.
Stir to coat all the vegetables. Add the noodles and stir until it really hurts. Add the soy sauce and stir some more until the noodles are all lightly coated in soy and curry powder and the whole dish is hot.
Turn off the gas and give your arm a rest.
Next is the Beauty bit. Bill Granger‘s Mango Pudding
All the ingredients are in the photo this time. If there had been ginger, I would have forgotten it but there isn’t so I didn’t.
- 3 mangos
- 2 gelatine leaves
- 3 tablespoons single cream
- 115g caster sugar
- 375g mango flesh pureéd (about 1- 2 mangos) or
3 if they are the dodgy ones one gets in Ireland.
- 3 tablespoons natural yoghurt
- 1.5 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 mango peeled and diced for presentation.
Soak the gelatine in cold water. Warm the cream, sugar and soaked gelatine in a medium pot over a medium heat until the sugar melts. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Add the mango pulp and whisk to blend.
Put the mixture into bowls and refrigerate for 4 hours. Serve topped with the chopped mango.
The recipe is from Bill Granger’s ‘Everyday Asian’ cookbook. Thanks Bill. The Mango Pudding is a real Beauty.