Thursday, April 23, 2009

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Survival Cooking.03 :: Tonkatsu (Fried Pork Cutlet)

The overall process is very easy, but it's a bit hard for anyone without patience. I'm one of them so it was pretty hard. I'll tell you why later. It's a easy dish but hey everything starts from the basics.

Basically all you do is cut up some meat (pork loin this time), salt&pepper it, and dip into 1.flour > 2.beaten eggs > and 3.panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) in specific order. Prepare a pot of boiling oil and just dip right in for approx. 2 minutes until it turns gold.

Preparing for the boil is the hard part because you have to mix it into flour > beaten eggs > and panko for each piece which is quite a pain in the ass if you're making a whole lot for many people and if you don't have patience. Then you have to boil a few pieces at a time for 2 minutes each. Yes I know if you like cooking that's all fun blah blah but maybe if the AC was on I would of had more patience. It's just too damn hot and humid in HK. I'll continue my mission though and hopefully I won't be tossed in the bin.

Recent Films :: Monsters vs Aliens

Monsters vs Aliens
★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ (2/10)

■ Bad character design
■ Bad atmosphere
■ Bad plot
■ Bad transitions

I don't know what went wrong. The fact that I didn't watch the 3D goggles version or if the theater at Tung Chung just sucked ass it was lame as hell. The jokes just didn't work. At all. Maybe it has something to do with the bad characters, I don't know, sometimes it's all about the character that makes everything funny. If anybody imitates David Letterman it may not be funny at all. But it's funny when Letterman does it. Imagine Christian Bale acting like a clown. That's how I felt throughout the whole movie.

1 star for hearing a few giggles from kids and 1 more because I'm generous.

Don't go. Wait for Pixar's "UP".

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Survival Cooking.02 :: Fried Rice

Been slacking off lately from my survival missions(and I've only learned 1 so far). As I watch TV and continue witnessing the chics dominance over men, I decided it was time to put my foot down again. Since I spilled my intension on these suicide missions here, I'll just go right on with what's cooking.

Fried Rice (炒飯・チャーハン)

One of the basics of the basics Chinese cuisine, fried rice is basically...fried rice with mixed ingredients. So you just dump whatever you feel like eating today in a pack of cold rice and chow. EasyPeasy.

(Surprisingly)Not quite

Mainly everything is done with a wok and hoak ladle. I used the traditional kind without any enhanced coating so the whole "wok" needs to be heated thoroughly before anything happens to prevent the rice and ingredients to stick on the surface. (The woks or fry pans nowadays are mostly coated, but in case you're a caveman like me..)After heating 1 minute each on 4 sides (上下左右) coat the wok with salad oil.

The following goes in this order:
1. spring onions
2. eggs
3. rice
4. pork

Onions go in first fried directly with oil to bring out the smell to max. Then the eggs go in so the onions will be mixed into the scrambled eggs and therefore maintain shape rather than being hung around loose in the dish. Switch the fire off and throw in the rice. Mush the rice a bit and add some seasoning (salt / pepper) before turning the fire back on. The pork goes in last to avoid being overdone. The rest is just stirring everything together until you can't stand the hunger. No I didn't do the flip thingy, to avoid obvious reasons. Maybe some other day.

That's basically it. I learned you can basically throw in anything but the order you stir it in makes quite a difference so the process needs to be considered depending on your ingredients.

The taste?


Could've added more seasoning. And it wasn't stirred thorough enough. And I didn't do the flip thingy. Next time....
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