I suppose most of us live in HDB flats in Singapore and having said that, you would have realized the kitchen size nowadays are much smaller compared to what we had in the olden days. I would think the kitchen size probably measures somewhat 10% or even lesser, of the entire floor area of the house now whereas in the past, it could be 20% or more.
Actually, it’s quite an irony, because most of us think that the young couples do not cook their meals nowdays, therefore they do not need to cater such a big kitchen when designing new flats. But on the other hand, exactly what young couples need to do, is to encourage them to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and of course, to save money (because we pay a bomb for our house already!) by cooking our own meals. Yet, our jobs probably occupy too much of our time to spare that luxury in dishing up a home-cooked meal after work, we tend to fill ourselves with convenience-friendly appliances to aid us in time-savings as much as possible. This probably includes having different kitchen appliances for each useful purpose (and of course, for me, a good excuse for me to go shopping yeah!). ^-^
But I struggle with space to fit in all these appliances nicely into that mickey mouse kitchen, without them looking overloaded or messy. Here’s a simple illustration of how small a kitchen can be now.
And not to mention I still owned a breadmaker, microwave oven, electric steamer, rice cooker, and an air fryer, and the list goes on and on. Opps.. that’s a whole lot of stuffs, isn’t it ?…. Haha.. and when the kitchen tops get filled, the cabinets have to suffer. But it’s kinda cumbersome when you need to use them often. So how I longed to have an appliance which can compact all functions into a single product.
Well, I guess I didn’t need to wait long ! Panasonic NN-SV30 Microwave Oven with Steam is one such brilliant creation. Encompassing microwave, heater, steamer, oven and grill functions, it’s conceptually an all-rounder with a one-size-fits-all convenience.
I am someone who’s plain lazy to read up thick user manuals, hence any appliances to me, have to be idiot-proof. True enough, this all-purpose microwave oven from Panasonic proves itself well. As you notice, all that is necessary to get this little giant to work is clearly labelled on the oven. Just a touch and twist of a few knobs is all you need to get it to work. In a matter of minutes, in fact, your hot-piping home-cooked foods will be ready.
Utilizing both the grill and steam functions of the oven, I attempted an Enoki Mushroom and Bacon Rolls in Garlic Sauce. And boy, all it takes was a good fifteen minutes and food is served !!
Of course, preparation time is excluded. You probably would like to get all these well prepared a day in advance. Once prepared, pop it into the oven for 10 minutes on a grill mode, thereafter steam it for a further 2-3 minutes and that’s it !
The purpose of grilling prior to steaming is to enhance the flavour of the bacons while steaming it further ensures the enoki mushroom to be fully cooked to a tender chew.
Securing the bacon rolls requires abit of challenge though. Ensure that the bacon gets tightly secured by the toothpick so that it does not come apart when you cook them.
And another advantage of a steam oven is that food moisture is tucked in without losing its originality. I used to steam food on a water bath over a gas stove very often, and went on to do other stuffs while waiting for steaming to be completed. I am sure you can predict what’s gonna happen next… At times, the steaming could slipped off my mind completely, to the extent that all water has been drained and the wok has burnt out. Just a couple of minutes more, you would probably see me in the newspapers headlines ! No doubt age is catching up. Sighhhh…But with a steam oven, less the hassle of forgotten steam jobs and burnt woks and for sure, preventive fire hazards.
Quite typical of an East-meet-West dish, isn’t it ? Garlic sauce is often associated with Asian cuisine and here, we gonna infuse it into the bacon and enoki mushroom for that exotic fusion flavor. Water chestnuts is another Asian fusion that adds crunch to the dish without losing the originality of the intended flavor.
Most importantly, it’s a simple and delectable cuisine to begin with and further made apparent by the use of modern day appliances which are both functional and convenient. Wanna attempt this effortless and appetizing fusion cuisine ? Recipe as below to share!
Enoki Mushroom & Bacon Rolls in Garlic Sauce
By June 18, 2013Published:
- Yield: for 2-3 pax (5 Servings)
- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Ready In: 35 mins
I suppose most of us live in HDB flats in Singapore and having said that, you would have realized the kitchen size nowadays are much …
- 200 g enoki mushroom
- 5 pcs water chestnut
- 5 slices bacon
- 1 tbsp minced garlic sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp water sauce
- 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce sauce
- 1/2 tsp sugar sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil sauce
- Peel water chestnuts and cut into strips. Cut away the roots from the enoki mushroom and briefly rinse under water.
- Dust a little potato starch flour on a slice of bacon and place some water chestnuts and enoki mushroom on top, roll up and secure with toothpick.
- Grill bacon rolls until lightly browned, 180 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes.
- Steam bacon over high heat under steamer mode using Panasonic oven for about 2-3 mins.
- Combine sauce ingredients well and drizzle over bacon rolls.
- Sprinkle shredded parsley over bacon rolls before serve.
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