Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Beancurd Meat Rolls (腐皮肉卷 ) and Banana Cake with Oreo chunks

The pressure is on....exam is coming soon, especially those that are seating for PSLE & 'O' level exams. It is hard on the kids and on the parents. Don't we already know since we went through it ourselves, but probably with much less pressure that time, lol! I do feel that it's real hard to be a student nowadays. Although my kids still have a few years to go, I am already fearing the process and "torment" my kids have to go through. :( But it's part and parcel for kids here in Singapore, so as a parent, we can only help our kids make this journey a little easier by being there for them. I sincerely wish those students especially my 2 nieces that are sitting for the Singapore-Cambridge exam all the very best! 加油!

Back to food. Today I'm introducing a dish call Beancurd Meat Rolls (腐皮肉卷 ). It may seem like the Hokkien style five spice meat rolls (五香肉卷), but it is much simpler to prepare and lesser ingredients involved. It's really quite simple to make, I bet any mommy at home knows how to whip this up. :)
I didn't do a good job frying them, looks a little uneven browning. (-_-") I suspect it's because I left the meat rolls in the fridge before frying them...made the skin a little soft. Or maybe it's the brand or type of beancurd skin? Anyway, just make sure you have ample time to wrap and fry them at one go.

Ingredients for Beancurd Meat Rolls (腐皮肉卷 ):
Meat filling:
500g minced pork (preferably with some fat to make it tender, i.e 五花肉)
100g fresh prawns, shelled and mince small
1 tbsp finely minced ginger
5 water chestnut, peeled and diced ( I omitted this time)
1 egg
2 sprigs of green onion, cut into small sections
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp light soy sauce
1/4 tsp sesame oil
dashes of white pepper
1.5 tsp cooking wine (绍兴酒)
1 tbsp sugar
1.5 tbsp cornflour

beancurd skin, at least 60cm by 60cm
egg wash
frying oil

  • In a large mixing bow, add in all of the ingredients up to cornflour and mix it well.
  • On a counter top, open up the beancurd sheet and moisten it slightly the corner you are using with a clean damp towel a little.
  • Scoop about 1 heaping tablespoon worth of filling onto a corner of the moisten beancurd sheet. Then cut out the sheet enough for you to wrap one roll. Fold in the sides and roll it up like a swiss roll and brush the ends with egg wash to seal it.
  • Have ready a frying pan heated up with some oil and fry the meat rolls until golden crispy. Scoop up and drain on paper towels. Serve while still hot or over a bed of sauted greens.
I had mine served over some sauted bai chai (小白菜) just to make it a more well balanced dish, heehee. :D One thing to note is that you should go easy on the salt on this as the beancurd skin itself can be quite salty. So one of the reason why I moisten it was not only for easy wrapping, also to wipe away some of the saltiness on it. :) Do try this out and make it for your family, I'm sure they'll enjoy this dish very much, just like mine did. :)

Next up is desert, a simple cake that my kids love; Banana Cake with Oreo chunks. I probably have posted close to a dozen banana cake recipes in my blog now, but it always seems like a popular and easy to reach ingredient to use, don't you agree? It not only moisten but also added extra flavor and texture. And with Oreo added, what's not to love? This recipe has been adapted from the recipe in Florence's blog; Do What I Like.

This is actually a simple moist banana cake with a lot of Oreo chunks mixed into it. Some how I feel that my kids loved it mostly because of the Oreo in it, lol! :D
When I served the last slice to my younger daughter, she said "Make again tomorrow Mama!" Lol! I said "Don't you want to try other cakes?", her reply was simple "No". ^_^"

Ingredients for Banana cake with Oreo Chunks:
Set A:
135g all purpose flour (sieved)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda (original calls for 1/2 tsp)
1/4 tsp salt
30g brown sugar
34g castor sugar
1 tube of Oreo cookies, cream and all, broken into chunks

1 egg (lightly beaten)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
40g melted butter
25g corn oil
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp condensed milk
1/4 cup plain yoghurt (original calls for sour cream)
3 medium banana, mashed.

1. In a large mixing bowl, add in all the ingredients for Set A and mix well.
2. In another separate bowl, mix all the ingredients for Set B and mix well.
3. Pour (A) into (B) and mix everything with minimum handling.
4. Spoon batter into muffin tray lined with paper muffin cups up to 80% full.
5. Top with sliced banana and oreo pieces if desired.
6. Bake at 180C for 20 minutes for muffins and 30 minutes for loaf pan. If tester comes out clean, it's done.

The crumbs are fine and the cake is light, not dense. Remember not to overmix the batter. :) Feel free to subsitute the Oreo with Chocolate chips, but I doubt it'll be the same. :P Try it out and you will see what I mean. Happy baking!!

Okay all, have a great week ahead! Cheers!


ReeseKitchen said... mum used to make this beancurd meat rolls. Then once I did bought some beancurd which I thought of making but then I kept the beancurd in the cupboard until I threw it away because I totally forgot about it..haha!
Nice banana cake!!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Reese, you know I almost ended up like that too! My beancurd skin was in the cupboard for 3 weeks! But then I finally got my lazy bones to make it, hahaha!

ICook4Fun said...

I like making meat rolls as I can freeze them up after steaming and fry them up whenever I want to eat. I was just starring at the over-riped bananas on my kitchen counter. Don't know what to do with it. Maybe I can make this cake minus the oreo as I don't have any. Thanks for the idea.

Passionate About Baking said...

Wow! Love both!

Kitchen Corner said...

The meat rolls look really delicious!! After seeing this I'm thinking to buy it from the stall to cure my craving :)
I agree with you, banana is just so well accepted by everyone, added Oreo into it, that's super yummy!!

NEL, the batter baker said...

The oreo banana cake looks so yummy! No wonder your daughter asked for more.
Thanks for sharing the recipe for the beancurd rolls. One of my fave dishes :)
One question... is shallow fry ok? Or need to deep fry?
Thanks Bee :)

Elin said...

I am bad at frying beancurd rolls...always burnt them :p yours look perfect. I like your banana cake with oreo chunks in them:) thanks for sharing your is so healthy using corn oil and only 1 egg :) Love it :)

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Honey Bee Sweets said...

Gert, this time I didn't make enough to freeze, but thanks for bringing that up, will definitely do that next time!

Thanks Jane! Wish your boy all the best for his exam tomorrow!

Grace, you should make it yourself! Make a whole bunch over the weekend and freeze most of it. Then you can fry up some when you want to eat some every time, easy dinner dish right?

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Eelin. :) Sure can! I fried mine in shallow pan too...less oil involved. :D

Heehee, Elin, I know what you mean. Some of ose bean curd skins can be pretty delicate and hard to handle when frying. Yes, a watchful eye over it is definitely needed.

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝: heehee, quickly take tissue! Glad u like it and thanks for dropping by!

Unknown said...

I love 腐皮肉卷, especially with chilli sauce, lots of chilli sauce.. hehe

lena said...

i made this kind of beancurd rolls once and was not nicely done, i shall like to try again;)

My Little Space said...

Everything look so tempting here. Making me salivate. Have to bake some cakes asap. Have a lovely evening.

DG said...

I feel like go to your place now. I love both what you posted here, hehehe ... this is the fastest way to satisfy my craving rather than waiting for myself to make it on my own. heheheh ...

tigerfish said...

After enjoying the 腐皮肉卷 comes the good it is! I can only dream and imagine...

Edith said...

It must be really good for your little one to ask for more!

Janine said...

the meat rolls are my absolute favorite! I love them with water chestnut!!! And yours look so so good!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

i find this type of beancurd skin is too salty even after i whipped it, and after fried, it is a bit on chewy side. i start to use normal beancurd instead..banana cake with Oreo, sound like a perfect combo!

Angie's Recipes said...

Had the meat rolls very often when I was a kid...great with some garlic/chilli sauce.
Love the oreo chunks in the banana cake...very creative~!

Kitchen Corner said...

Oh Bee, can I order from you? :) better buy it from you as i think this is too much work for me :(

shaz said...

Love both recipes. Meat rolls are are perennial favourites. Love that you use Oreos for the cake. Great colour and texture I'm sure.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks for dropping by neyeeloh! Ya ya, I like it with list of chilli, sweet chilli, heehee!

Best of luck to you Lena, looking forward to seeing your post.

Thanks Kristy! Glad that my cooking/baking are tempting you, heehee! I always have love dropping by yur blog too, motivates me a lot!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@tigerish: yes yes, main course first then desert! Heehee! No need to dream, you can try this out, is it really not too hard to make, I promise. :D

Edith, actually my daughter loves anything Oreo, so even if I chunk it into plain cake, they'll devour it, lol!

Thanks Janine! Too bad I didnt add chestnut in this time because my daughter is not a fan of it. Next time will try to incorporate it regardless, she's probably gonna gobble it up anyways, heehee.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks for letting me know, will try the normal bean curd skin next time and see if it works. :)

Thanks Angie! Yes, this is also one of my childhood dishes, my mu make this very often. ;)

Grace, this is easier then you think. You can break up the steps, and not having to do all at one go. First marinate the meat. When you have time, wrap with the bescurd skin. Then chill or freeze it. When you want to eat, get it out from the fridge/ freezer, then fry it, that's all. :) my skill not good enough to sell you la. :P

Thanks shaz! Yes, it's a family favorite for us too!

WendyinKK said...

It's nice seeing you featuring some savoury stuff here.
Rare sight, although you do, but very rare. Do hope to see more.
I love eating anything rolled up in fuzhu, nice nice!

Zoe said...

Both are my family favorites.

Being away from home, I made these meat rolls very often for my family too.

The Oreo chunks in the banana cake looks so inviting.