Friday, June 20, 2008

Domestic Violence - Beef & Taiwanese Lettuce in Spicy Fermented Beancurd Sauce


There was a war in Mochachocolata-Rita's household yesterday. My sous chef pissed me off BIG TIME! It was a major one. The kind that makes you feel flaming pissed the whole freaking day. Everything, from the sun to the rain, from the mountain to the sea, simply pissed you off.

Ah...this explained the absence of blog posting yesterday. Luckily. Because. If I were to post something yesterday, the text would have been:
@#$#$#$!$!!!!!! @#$#$$!!!XXXYYYXXASDFLSFIWLQEROR#&#$&#$&!(#$&#(!$&!!!!! ...etc etc...

...with audio...it would've sounded like...

"I cooked this BEEPPPPPPPP with BEEPPPPPPPP and it tasted BEEPPPPPPPP and this BEEPPPPPPPP ate it and I can't believe that one can be so BEEPPPPPPPP . How BEEPPPPPPPP hard is it for one to BEEPPPPPPPP BEEPPPPPPPP . Why one has to be BEEPPPPPPPP . Did NOT BEEPPPPPPPP while one knew that one should BEEPPPPPPPP BEEPPPPPPPP ....and BEEPPPPPPPP is very important for BEEPPPPPPPP..."

Well I think you've caught my drift...there might be many more "BEEPPPPPPPPs" here than in a Jerry Springer show, but the fundamental difference is...instead of bad words, the above words concealed by "BEEPPPPPPPPs" are all loving, kind and caring words, ok?...(Hey! I could hear the snorts of disbelief. I am still BEEPPPPPPPP here, dammit!)

...in video..it would've been like...

Hmm, believe me, you don't wanna know. LOL! There were definitely some woks, an assortment of knives, peeler, can opener and other mean looking kitchen tools and appliances involved. It was wayyy more violent that Kill Bill volume I and II combined.

OK, I think that's enough violence for a day. Now, you guys probably think of me as a blood-thirsty-dirty mouthed maniac...which is kinda true, but at least I am a maniac who is partial to stinky food (wait a minute...this doesn't sound right...)

Having said that...here's what I've used to cook yesterday:
Spicy Fermented Beancurd Sauce

Doesn't that look nasty? Wait 'til you see what's inside...

Hahaha...this might have put you off...but from that pile of disgusting looking goo, we produced this:
Beef & Taiwanese Lettuce (A Choy) in Spicy Fermented Beancurd Sauce

...which was absolutely heavenly! Creamy, tasty, and fragrant...absolutely perfect with steamed rice. I totally blew my plan to eat less and I proceeded to lick my bowl clean instead...mmm mmm mmm!

No one could be pissed with each other after this (a note to me: What's with the hard selling? This doesn't sound like you...you are now dangerously close to handing out free samples in supermarkets)

Recipe
- half pound of Taiwanese lettuce, wash and tear into 2-3 parts length-wise
- half pound of thinly sliced beef (I always get the nicely marbled ones)
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 cm ginger, crushed
- 2 red chilli, thinly sliced
- 4 blocks of spicy fermented beancurd sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- olive oil

Saute garlic, ginger and chilli, add beef, stir until half cooked, add lettuce, cover wok and cook until wilted, add beancurd sauce, add sugar, mix well, serve

Tasting the bitterness of my medicine, now I have to tidy up the residual ruins from the battle...Quick! before developers start getting ideas and build post-war schools (correction: in case of Hong Kong, it'd more likely be 1001 storey office towers instead of schools) over my tiny flat...

15 comments:

sefa firdaus said...

Rita, your introduction in every recipe posts are always fun to read

love it!

Cakelaw said...

LOL - I can relate to violence part some days. This dish looks yummy.

Peter M said...

Hmmm, sous-chef or boyfriend or both?

I get that way too(sometimes)as I want the dish to taste perfectly.

Do you think you could ever be a sous chef?

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks great. I love using ingredients that seem kind of gross on their own (like the fermented bean curd) but really make the finished dish.

Little Corner of Mine said...

LOL, cool down lady! Luckily you can still whipped up this yummy dish after that day.

Cindy. Lo. said...

Haha I can sense the anger from miles and miles away,
Actually across the ocean!

Ayin said...

taiwan lettuce iku opo toh ? sawi ijo kah?....

pake taoco mesti sedepe.... kelingan sweike pwd :P hayoo awakmu iso gæ pora ? nek kene ra ono kodok maraki :(

Mochachocolata Rita said...

hahaha thanks sef!

hi cakelaw...as long as still legally yummy eh?

hi peter...haha the fight wasn't related to cooking at all...but hey! the kitchen appliances are there when you need any LOL..
hmm...i can be quite a good assistant *grin* when i am not pissed *hohoho*

hi fearless kitchen...yeah. it stinks but i love it!

hi ching! yeah i thought that day i could only kick ass haha

hi cindy! no worries, the typhoon has passed hahaha it is now bright and sunny here lol

ayin, hehe neng kene seh ono kodok, tapi aku jarang kepengen swikee godog, nek swike goreng tepung aku seneng...hmmm berhubung kodok daginge sithik ngko paling akhire aku nggawe ayam goreng tepung WAHAHAHAH

deeTha said...

Rita, pie kabarmu?

dewi said...

how come 2 of your last posts look almost alike... time to work on your presentation, or maybe wok with other variety of veggie sis...

Beachlover said...

you're too funny!!..wish you can show us the action!!lol!

Zen Chef said...

Take a deeeeep breath Rita...
Breath in..
Breath out...
Breath in...
Breath out...

You know, another option would have been to empty the content of that strange-looking jar on your sous-chef to release your anger. :-)

Cakelaw said...

Hi Rita, you have an award:

http://kitchenlaw.blogspot.com/2008/06/sugar-high-friday-taste-of-canada-oat.html

White On Rice Couple said...

I love fermented bean curd! And laughed so hard reading this BEEPPPPPP'in funny post!

elsye said...

rita ..itu beancurd = tauco ?

disana ada ya :D