I didn’t do anything new this week, because I made a special day of cooking massive amounts of food for my folks during one of my rest days. My dad’s digestion has become a bit delicate, and won’t accept anything too oily anymore. I decided to make some stuff that aren’t oily at all. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera, and wasn’t able to take pictures of the food I made.
I took a quick grocery run before going to my parents’ house; luckily there’s a nice supermarket on the way. I bought a bunch of carrots, some onions, a bit of ginger, a half kilo each of ground pork, ground chicken, and frozen shrimp, and a pack of dumpling wrappers. All of those cost a total of Php450 (~$10.35). I also brought with me my cooking sake, mirin, and my really nice grater.
The first dish I made is a huge batch of shrimp siu mai (recipe from Just Bento). I made two batches, one using half the ground pork and the other using half the ground chicken. I forgot to bring my sesame oil, but that was fine because I didn’t really want any oil in my dishes anyway. It went into my mom’s huge new steamer (I was the buena mano user aka I was the first to use it!).
While the siu mai was cooking, I started on my second dish: stewed chicken and carrots which I did before. I unfortunately misremembered the amount of ground chicken needed. I thought I only needed the remaining 1/4 kilo, but it turns out I needed a full half kilo. My mom had some more ground chicken, but it was frozen, and there was no time to wait for defrosting. I decided to just substitute with the remaining 1/4 kilo of ground pork instead.
The siu mai finished steaming just as I was ready to start stewing the chicken/pork. There might have been too much of the pork, too much carrots, or too little of the broth, but it was a bit of a tight squeeze. The cooking came to its predictable conclusion, and I served those two dishes with a bit of my stocked mediterranean soup and some vegetable kaldereta.
My folks were a bit overwhelmed by the amount of food, I think. Luckily my brother arrived early to partake of the dinner. I heard that the leftovers went into my dad and my other brother’s baon for the next few days. Sulit!