Seaweed Delight

Pork, Vegetable September 22nd, 2008

fried seaweed with minced pork

This dish is easy to cook but a nightmare to think out a name for it. For starters, it is not exactly fried. Neither is it stir-fried, steamed, braised, stewed or poached. I would put it as a combination of a quick and light stir-fry mixed with quick stewing for a quick and delicious meal. Now, it is quite common in chinese homes to have seaweed soup which comes with minced pork. But it is altogether another thing to have it cook this way that I am sharing with you. Whereas seaweed soup may be bland to some, this dish is tasty to the core hence, the name Seaweed Delight.

Mum first learnt this dish from 1st aunt and thereafter, taught me how to cook this dish. It has now become my preferred dish if I were to cook seaweed at home. The basic ingredients are no different from cooking seaweed soup but the cooking method and seasoning is slightly different. As you read the recipe, you will know why. Anyway, this dish has always made its presence on the dinner table only to vanish in every meal session. So, resist trying it at your peril.

This is my 1st aunt’s recipe for Seaweed Delight.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 piece of seaweed (it comes in dried form and round shaped)
  • 150 grammes minced pork
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced and chopped into the minced pork evenly)
  • 300 ml hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (peanut or palm)
  • spring onions (chopped)

Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • a few dashes of white pepper powder

Method

Soak seaweed in a bowl of water to soften it. Rinse seaweed of impurities eg. sand. Drain and set aside.

Heat oil in wok and stir fry the minced pork until pork becomes cooked. Add water followed by seaweed. Bring to boil and add seasoning. Allow sauce to reduce and sprinkle spring onions evenly prior to serving.

Can be served with steamed white rice or plain rice porridge.

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Comments

  1. 1
    noobcook
    September 23rd, 2008 at 12:24 am

    very unique recipe … I love seaweed but I have not tried something like this before … looks great!

  2. 2
    Aunt LoLo
    September 23rd, 2008 at 3:40 am

    My MIL (Chinese) is visiting and I asked her to make this for me tomorrow night. :-) How much seaweed do you use? I have the dried seaweed cake, but using half of it seems like a LOT of seaweed! How big is your dried seaweed cake??

  3. 3
    skinnymum
    September 23rd, 2008 at 10:59 am

    i am going to make this for dinner tonight. hopefully it will turn just like yours – yummy delicious!!

    thanks for sharing.

  4. 4
    pablopabla
    September 23rd, 2008 at 11:46 am

    noobcook : I hope you will try it out. Unbelievable!

    Aunt Lolo : My seaweed cake is round (about 20cm in diameter) and flat (about 2 or 3mm thick). If you are not too sure, you can measure 3/4 bowl seaweed (in wet form) with 1/2 bowl minced pork.

    skinnymum : Let me know how it turned out, ya?

  5. 5
    Pink Parisian
    September 23rd, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Ok, I’m going to try this! I’ve only ever had it in soup style and no, its not bland! :P

  6. 6
    skinnymum
    September 24th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    i am pleased to announce that i managed to make it look quite like yours, and it lasted 10 mins on the dinner table. My hubby and the girls simply polished it all up, and gave their two thumbs up. Three cheers to myself! “jumping around the house”.

    Once again thanks for sharing, and for making me look like a super chef!

  7. 7
    pablopabla
    September 24th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Pink Parisian : Oh…this is way tastier than the soup. Try it ;)

    skinnymum : Yay! I am glad it turned out to be a double thumbs up from the family. Cooking is easy, don’t you think so? :D

  8. 8
    babe_kl
    September 24th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    first time i see this kinda seaweed not done in a soup. bravo! so simple, my kind of cooking :D

  9. 9
    Audrey
    September 24th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    NmNmNmNmNmNm…I can slurp it all up ~ it looks slurpable :) I’d probably try adding some “tang hoon” mung bean noodles? Anyway, looks yummy. I love seaweed but do not cook more of it. Too busy balancing everyone’s tastebud.

  10. 10
    Andie Summerkiss
    September 24th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    My mother made this in soup. I love it. It has funny but great texture in my mouth. I love it. If I can find some here, I will try this.

    Sometimes she prepared it as condiment for congee. Sprinkled some sesame oil and salt on the dried seaweed and fry on pan without oil till it is crunchy. Really great and fragrant when eaten with plain congee.

  11. 11
    billy@atablefortwo
    September 24th, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    wow! this soup really brings back a lot of memories.

  12. 12
    lk
    September 24th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Wow! What a great idea on cooking seaweed! Now I know how to clear my seaweed which has been stored in my fridge for quite a long time. Tks for ur sharing.

  13. 13
    tigerfish
    September 29th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Used to have the soup version of this quite often. :)

  14. 14
    Zo
    September 30th, 2008 at 8:36 am

    I love this recipe! It doesn’t help with my diet tho! It’s simple and so appetizing. I added an egg and it’s yummy!!

    Thanks for sharing

  15. 15
    pablopabla
    September 30th, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    babe : Give it a try. I think your kids will love it.

    Audrey : Feel free to add whatever you think is suitable. Afterall, this is a very basic dish.

    Andie : Hmmm…I can picture your mum’s toasted seaweed. Might try it out one day ;)

    billy : Er…this is not exactly a soup. LOL!

    lk : I am sure you can clear out your fridge’s stock of seaweed in double quick time now. :D

    Zo : Ooo….an egg. That’s a thought. Glad you liked it.

  16. 17
    Sandrine
    November 12th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Made it last night, love it! Simple and delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. 18
    Issq mum
    February 10th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    I tried this seaweed recipe and it was a hit with my family! We live in Seattle and we miss homecooked dishes like this. Thanks for sharing!!

  18. 19
    jorie
    February 21st, 2009 at 10:46 am

    very nice… looks delicious…. ill gonna try it for my family

  19. 20
    Xacan
    October 5th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I will try it. Thank you.

  20. 21
    Ting
    July 17th, 2012 at 4:36 am

    thanks for the easy recipe. My hubby said it was really good =) I added an egg to make egg flower at the end. It was yummy!

  21. 22
    lihi
    July 28th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    as a vegetarian, i tried the recipe with scrambled eggs instead of minced pork, and skipped the water because i didn’t feel like slurping anything. came out delicious, thank you! :)

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