Huan's Chinese Cooking Class Meals

We recently hosted our 3rd virtual cooking class with meal kit! Co-op teacher Huan shared her recipes with us to create a fully home-cooked Chinese meal. Tomato Egg Drop Soup, Sichuan Style Blistered Green Beans, Smashed Cucumber Salad, and Fish Fragrant Eggplant came together with cooked white rice for a delectible Chinese dinner. We've gathered the recipes and a recording of the class for you here in case you missed the class! 

 

Tomato Egg Drop Soup

Ingredients

1.5 pounds tomatoes

2 stalks of green onions, thinly sliced

3 eggs, beaten with 1 Tbsp of water

6 cups water

1 Tbsp salt or to taste

3 Tbsp cornstarch + 5 Tbsp cold water

Sesame oil to taste

Ground white pepper to taste

Directions

1) Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and bring it down to a simmer.

2) Dice tomatoes and add them along with 2 teaspoons of salt into the water. Let simmer for 20 minutes to infuse the water with the tomato flavor. 

3) Mix 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 5 tablespoons of cold water until there are no lumps. Add the cornstarch mixture to the soup base and stir until well mixed.

4) Beat eggs and water until well mixed. Slowly, drizzle in the egg mixture while stirring the soup. Add sliced green onions, white pepper and sesame oil to taste. 

 

Sichuan Style Blistered Green Beans

1 pound green beans

1/2 pound ground pork (can substitute 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms)

1/4 tsp ground white pepper (omit for mushroom version)

1/2 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine (omit for mushroom version)

1 Tbsp gluten-free tamari or light soy sauce (omit for mushroom version)

Tbsp minced garlic

2 Tbsp minced ginger

2 Tbsp cooking oil with a high smoking point (I use avocado oil)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp Sichuan red peppercorn

1 tsp Sichuan green peppercorn

10 Sichuan dried chillies

4 Tbsp Sichuan pickled mustard greens

A few drops of Sichuan peppercorn oil

1 Tbsp Chinese vinegar

1 pinch of sugar

Directions

1) Mix ground pork, white pepper, cooking wine and soy sauce and set aside. (Skip step if using mushrooms).

2) Wash, trim and dry the green beans. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil into the frying pan set to medium-high. Add green beans and 1 teaspoon of salt to the pan. Try to have the green beans as a single layer if possible. Pan sear the green beans until the skin begins to wrinkle and the skin turns blistered. Keep an eye on the beans and stir as needed for 10 minutes or until the beans have some good color. Remove the beans from the pan and set them aside. 

3) Add the remaining one tablespoon of oil to the pan and bring down the pan to medium. Add red and green peppercorn. Stir the peppercorns for the next 2-3 minutes to infuse the cooking oil. At this point, remove the peppercorns if you don’t wish to eat them whole in the dish. Traditionally, the peppercorns are left in for some surprise numbing sensations during the meal.

4) Add ginger, garlic and red chillies. Leave the chillies whole for a mild aroma. Break the chillies open for a fiery kick. 

5) If using mushrooms, finely dice the mushrooms. When the garlic has started to brown, add mushrooms and Chinese mustard greens. Stir until the mushrooms are fully cooked.

6) When the garlic has started to brown, add ground pork mixture and Chinese mustard greens. Stir until the pork is fully cooked. Add back the green beans and one tablespoon of vinegar, a pinch of sugar and a few drops of peppercorn oil. Mix well. 

 

Smashed Cucumber Salad

2 English cucumbers or 4 pickling sized cucumbers

2 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

3 cloves of garlic

2 tsp gluten-free tamari or light soy sauce

1 Tbsp Chinese vinegar

2 tsp chili oil

1 tsp sesame oil

A few drops of Sichuan peppercorn oil

1 thinly sliced green onion

Sesame seeds to garnish

Directions

1) Smash cucumbers with a wooden spoon or rolling pin until semi-flat. Cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise and then into half-inch bites. Toss to coat cucumber in 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Set aside for at least 20 minutes for the salt to draw out the water of the cucumber. You can use a bowl or a colander. Place cucumbers in the refrigerator for a more refreshing bite. 

2) Use a garlic press or a mortar and pestle to finely mince garlic. Combine garlic, sugar, chili oil, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and peppercorn oil in a bowl. Strain cucumbers and press out as much water as possible. 

3) Mix cucumber and sauce mixture. Garnish with some sesame seeds and sliced green onions. Serve immediately. 

Fish Fragrant Eggplant

Ingredients

3 long Asian eggplants

1/2 pound ground pork (Can substitute 15 ounces firm tofu)

1/4 tsp ground white pepper (Omit for tofu version)

1/2 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine (Omit for tofu version)

1 Tbsp gluten-free tamari or light soy sauce (Omit for tofu version)

1 Tbsp cooking oil

2 Tbsp minced garlic

2 Tbsp minced ginger

2 Tbsp distilled white vinegar

3 Tbsp cornstarch

3 Tbsp water

Sauce

1 Tbsp gluten-free tamari or light soy sauce

3 Tbsp sugar

4 Tbsp chili broad bean paste

4 Tbsp chopped pickled chillies

2 Tbsp Chinese vinegar

Directions

1) Combine pork, white pepper, soy sauce and Chinese cooking wine in a bowl and set aside. (Skip step if using tofu).

2) Wash eggplants and cut the eggplant into 2-inch segments. Quarter the segments. Toss eggplant with white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Steam for 10-15 minutes until tender.

3) In the meantime, prepare the sauce by combining sugar, soy sauce, chili broad bean paste, chopped pickled chillies and Chinese vinegar.

4) Heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in the wok set to medium high. Add minced ginger and garlic. Stir fry until fragrant. Add pork. Stir fry until the pork is fully cooked. If using tofu, crumble tofu into small pieces and add to the wok. Stir fry 2-3 minutes.

5) Add sauce mixture. Make the cornstarch slurry by combining the remaining 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water until there are no lumps. Add the steamed eggplant into the wok and toss to fully coat the eggplant in the sauce.  

Rice

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups short-grain California sushi rice

Just under 2 cups of water

Directions

1) Wash and rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain.

2) Soak the rice in just shy or 2 cups water for at least 15 minutes.

3) Cook using a rice cooker or on the stovetop with the lid on for 20 minutes or until the water has been fully absorbed. Fluff and serve.