Monday, July 11, 2011

Cooking with Racks

Today I've decided to share with people some simple tips to cooking with racks.
Racks above the Rice - Saves Effort and Energy

Your rice cooker can do more than make perfect rice.  It can also be used as a steamer.  Put in some racks above the rice & water before you start cooking (sorry my photo is from after it's done cooking). and put a bowl of veggies or meat and hit the start button.

When your rice is done you'll also be blessed with a side dish of healthy food.  It saves energy because you’re not using another pot on a burner or in the stove.  It saves effort because you don’t have to watch it to worry about it being undercooked or over cooked.  And it's healthy; no need for cooking oil and it's still very moist.

So I'm betting that some people are thing, Oh gross, steamed meat?  Well If you've ever experience Dim Sum than you've more than like enjoyed the wonders of Chinese steam dishes.  With this, I shall give you my impromptu recipe for Chinese Steamed Pork Ribs.

  • 2 Rows of Pork spare Ribs about 1/2 inch thick (found in Asian grocery store, or you can ask your butcher to cut your spare ribs across the bones)
  • Teaspoon of Fermented Black Beans (found in Asian grocery stores)
  • 1 Minced Garlic Clove
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch
First thoroughly combine mix everything but the corn starch.  Next sprinkle the cornstarch over the ribs giving a light coating to every piece.  Try to arrange the meat to be evenly spaced apart.  Put your bowl onto the racks above uncooked rice in a rice pot, and hit go.  When your rice is ready, so will your meat
I promise this will be delicious. 

Chopsticks as Racks - Saves Money

Fried food on racks help it cool down without getting that soggy bottom syndrome.  I discovered using chopsticks is a great rack substitute.  I came across this because all my racks were being used for the steamed spare ribs from above.  It elevates the food, works as a rack, and because i have a stack of chopsticks in my drawer I can make it any size I want.

Hope these cooking tips can be of some use to you.

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