Another auspicious veggie dish for the Lunar New Year. Actually I made this 2 days before the reunion dinner for an ordinary dinner. I didn't have time to do my post and by now.. the dateline to submit to Aspiring Bakers have ended.
Did I fill these with wishes? Hahaha, no. It's fish paste filled, fish-wish, see?
And in Chinese, the word 余(abundance) is always related with 鱼 (fish) because it sounds similiar.
This Steamed Baby Bok Choy with Fish Paste arranged in this manner resembles the spoon chrysanthemum. Yes, the petals on this type of chrysanthemum does look like a spoon. Something, again that I didn't do on purpose. I just thought of arranging it just like how I saw it in my mom's cookbooks, but that's another version made with chicken.
Wish-filled Jade Chrysanthemum (Steamed Baby Bok Choy with Fish Paste)
Created by: Wendyywy
6 baby bok choy (Siew pak choy)
250gm fish paste (more or less)
1 piece of ham, finely chopped or cut into shapes
Tapioca starch for dusting (tapioca starch has better adherence than cornstarch)
1 tsp chicken stock powder
2/3 cup water
1 tsp cornstarch
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 Tbsp cooking oil
½ tsp sesame ol
1. Half baby bok choy. Bring a saucepan of water to boil and blanch the halved bok choy for 2 seconds or until lightly wilted. Lay them on a flat surface, cut side up.
2. Sprinkle the lower part(2 inches from the base) of the baby bok choy with tapioca starch. Lightly tap them in.
3. Fill the base of the baby bok choy with fish paste . Garnish with some chopped ham. Arrange on a steaming plate. The leaves can overlap, but the base cannot.
4. Steam on high heat for 10 minutes (depending on size). Remove from steaming plate and arrange nicely on serving plate.
5. Prepare sauce. Combine water, starch and stock powder. Heat pan and put in oil. Saute garlic until fragrant, but NOT golden. Pour in stock mixture and then sesame oil. Bring to a boil, adjust thickness with more starch+water if needed. Taste. Pour sauce over arranged baby bok choy.