I don’t know about you but i sure have this thing for one pot meal that well… comes in one pot! (in this case, the rice cooker) It’s simple enough, but not necessary hassle free, best is, you don’t have to figure out what’s for dish no. 2 and dish no. 3. *wink*
One of the T & Cs that i’ve reached with Darcy is that whenever i’m cooking this for dinner, i need/must throw in spam, spam — better known as luncheon meat for us Asian folks, Ma Ling Luncheon Meat especially. A few times, i’d skipped the spam on purpose, citing OOS (out of stock) reason but Darcy being Darcy, he put on his shoes almost immediately, grabbed his wallet and did a mad dash to the nearest grocery supermarket. 5 minutes later, he magically appeared at the door with his can of Ma Ling. Lol!
Last week, i thought i could pull it off without the spam. I told him that if he had wanted to eat them, he would need to fry them himself.. and guess what? He did exactly that! (can you sense me rolling my eyes? HAhaahaa!)
1 small cabbage, cut, washed & drained
4 shallots, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 cup pork loin, sliced and marinated with pinches of salt, pepper + corn flour
1 – 1 1/2 cup mushrooms, washed, soaked and sliced
3-4 tbsp dried shrimps, washed, soaked and pounded slightly
2 cup rice
1 1/2 cup water, mushroom’s water included
3-4 tbsp dark soya sauce (Singapore’s, not Malaysia’s)
2 tbsp light soya sauce
3 tbsp sesame oil
8-10 dash of white pepper
1/2 – 1 tsp salt, to taste
Get your child to do the peeling and chopping. All you need to do is to guide them once that’s all. ;)
Pounding shrimps — not a problem too!
The kids will have fun at it. Trust me, they will. Well, i know mine did!
1. Heat 5 tbsp of oil in wok.
2. Stir in the pork. Stir fry till golden brown but not 100% cooked. Remove.
3. Palm in shallots, followed by garlic, 20 seconds later. Once golden in colour, add in the dried shrimps and mix well till fragrant.
4. Next, add in the mushrooms. Give it a few stirs before adding in the rice. This is where the sauce ingredients are added in. Mix well before stirring in the pork from Method no. 2 and the cabbage.
5. Transfer everything to rice cooker. Cook as you would for your everyday white rice.
6. Best eaten hot with a few dashes of white pepper.
Oh, feel free to get one of little ones to clean up too after cooking. Mothers really do deserve some rest after a long day in the kitchen, y’know!
After the helper left, i’ve totally maximized the use of my 3 minions to help me out — whenever, whatever and wherever i need them to. Otherwise, you won’t be seeing me here in this space at all. Life without helper is rather chaotic but in a way, nice. :)
beep’s job whenever i feel it’s needed — hand wipe the kitchen!