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My family loves this Chinese soup, especially on a cold day. Ethan would always add LOTS of ground white pepper to his bowl of soup. We used to visit a local Chinese restaurant called Daimo, and we would order this soup almost every time. Too bad the restaurant changed ownership and the soup didn’t taste good. The restaurant even closed down later on. My kids are not fans of green onion and cilantro in general, but they like the green stuff in the soup!… This is good because this soup without lots of green onion and cilantro doesn’t taste right…

West Lake Beef Soup 西湖牛肉羹

West Lake Beef Soup 西湖牛肉羹

West Lake Beef Soup 西湖牛肉羹

Ingredients:

1 1/4 lb beef– chop into coarse ground with some slightly big pieces

Meat seasoning:
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp tapioca/corn starch
3 tbsp water

5 cups water
3 tbsp rice cooking wine
Starch water (mix 2 tbsp tapioca/corn starch with 1 tbsp water, stir well before use)
Salt and ground white pepper to taste
3 egg whites
2 stalks green onion– chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro– chopped

Method:

  1. Season beef with meat seasoning, mix well. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil on high heat. Add in beef, stir to loose up the meat. When the soup boils again add cooking wine, followed by starch water while stirring the soup.
  3. When the soup starts boiling again, add salt and ground white pepper to taste. Pour in egg whites while stirring the soup. Turn off heat and add in green onions and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Regina’s Note:

  • Egg White: Do not whisk egg white as it will create egg white bubbles in the soup.
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This year’s Easter, we treated ourselves to prime ribs when Costco was selling it for Easter. My first successful prime rib, although has a flavor crust and delicious, was over cooked around the edges with a pink meat center. Last Christmas, I roasted prime rib again using another “formula”, one from the magazine, The Costco Connection, as it says the recipe produces rosy pink tender meat from surface to the center… the only problem is that since it uses low temperature during the whole roasting time, there’s no crust on the surface!… So, I combine the two recipes– and it works, at least for me! I got the best of both worlds– tender, juicy, pink meat from surface to the center, and a flavorful salty crust!

Standing Rib Roast #2

Standing Rib Roast #2

Standing Rib Roast #2 Recipe (serves 6-8 people)

Ingredients:

8.5 lbs bone-in rib roast (must use bone-in for much better flavor)– see note below for aging rib roast
cooking oil

seasoning rub (mix well):
1  1/2tbsp freshly ground black peppercorns
2 tbsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
2 tbsp salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 500°F. Place oven rack to lower half (so the roasting pan is positioned in the middle of the oven).
  2. Let the meat stand in room temperature for a few hours. If you age the meat, trim off discolored fat and meat. Coat the meat with cooking oil, then rub the seasoning generously all over the meat.
  3. Place the meat on a roasting rack, bone side down, inside a roasting pan. Roast at 500°F for 15 minutes (this high heat is to crisp up the surface to make a crust). Reduce oven temperature to 200°F and continue roasting, about 25 minutes per pound, until the internal thermometer reads 130° for rosy pink meat (see chart below). It took me 3 hours and 15 minutes to reach this temperature).
  4. Remove the meat from the oven. Cover the meat with 2 pieces of foil, and kitchen towels on top of it. Let the meat rest for at least 30 minutes. The internal temperature will continue go up for about 5° or so during resting time (in my case, the thermometer read went from 130° to 135° during resting for medium cooked meat).
  5. Separate the roast from the bones. Carve the roast and serve with au jus (see below).

To make Au Jus: Remove excess fat from the roasting pan and deglaze with 1 can of chicken broth, cook au jus on the stove until reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To Age Rib Roast: Rinse rib roast then pat dry with paper towels. Wrap the meat with paper towels and place it in a shallow pan in the fridge for at least 3 days. The longer it ages the flavor gets better. Change the paper towels everyday. On roasting day, trim off any discolored and/or dry part of the meat before coating with oil.

Thermometer Chart:
120 degrees for Rare
130 degrees for Medium Rare
140 degrees for Medium
150 degrees for Well Done

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This soup is good to have on cold days. It will warm up you stomach. Winter is approaching and more and more fresh daikons are on sale… I’m sure I’ll be making this soup again soon.

Daikon Beef Soup

Daikon Beef Soup

Daikon Beef Soup

Ingredients:

1 lb beef steak or brisket– cut into cubes

1 lb daikon– peeled and cut into chunks.

1 tsp white peppercorns– crashed

3 slices ginger

1/2 cup rice cooking wine

7 cups water

Method:

  1. Add peppercorns, ginger and water to a deep pot. Let it boil for 10 minutes for the flavor to come out. Add beef and cooking wine and boil on high heat for 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer soup and meat to a slow cooker. Place a kitchen towel on top of the lid to speed up cooking.
  3. Cook in slow cooker on high heat for 3 hours, then add daikon. Continue cooking for another 1-1.5 hours, until daikon and meat are tender. Salt to taste.

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