Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Steamed Winter Melon with Wolfberries

It is a simple and easy delicious dish. No stir-fry, time-saving, plus no mess at all. Not much seasoning is required as the vegetarian ham used is sufficient to spice up this dish. I opt for tapioca starch instead of corn starch for a lightly heavier texture. To conserve energy, steam this dish for 10 minutes and leaves it covered in the streamer for about 8 minutes.

Preparation: 5 mins, Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredients (serves 2)
° 200g winter melon (weight after peeling), cut into 1cm slices
° 1 teaspoon wolfberries (boxthorn berries), soaked
° 1 slice (25g) vegetarian ham, chopped or diced
° 1 teaspoon freshly chopped coriander or spring onion

° 80ml water
° 1 teaspoon tapioca starch
° 1/5 teaspoon salt, or to taste
° ½ teaspoons sesame oil
° pepper to taste

1. Arrange the winter melon slices in a heatproof serving plate. Place the wolfberries and vegetarian ham on top.
2. Combine the seasoning ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour over the winter melon and steam for 10-15 minutes or until the winter melon is soft
3. Garnish with coriander or spring onion and serve immediately.

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