A late Happy New Year to readers of this blog ! After a slightly more than 2 weeks break of leave clearance and a trip to Japan, and now re-adjusting myself to go back to work in the new year has kept me on the toes for the past few weeks. Now that everything is back to routine once again, I guess it’s also time that I sit down and pen some recipes slowly.
In less than a month’s time, the once a year major festive of the Chinese is coming up again. Talking about time flying, it somehow just doesn’t feel that one year has just past like that. Especially when year 2019 has been a very traumatic year for me, getting to know that you have actually been diagnosed with cancer for someone who has been fit all the while, coming to terms with it and finally trying to get over it eventually. It was a long and tedious process. While I am unsure what the future holds for me at the moment, but one thing for sure is that I hope to continue this sharing, cooking and baking passion as long as I can when I am still fit to do so.
And because it’s the upcoming Chinese New Year festive, I would like to share this festive recipe which is made up of Baby Abalones from Fortune Brand, assorted seafood and vegetables encased in a golden pumpkin which I have tediously crafted. As Asians, abalones and seafood is somehow a must during this major festive and instead of simply stir frying them with vegetables, having them showcased in a pumpkin bowl made it look more tempting and delicious.
The most tedious part is the caving of the pumpkin and if you can get that across, the rest are literally a breeze. But that’s also an option and if you would like to do without that, it’s pretty fine too, because eventually what you need is just the “pumpkin bowl” to hold the rest of the ingredients.
And also a little shout out about the ongoing Hosen Group’s CNY Annual Warehouse Sales till 23rd Jan 2020 at 267 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128439 and open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and 8am to 6pm on weekends. You will be able to find Fortune Brand Abalones , Hosen Fruits & Vegetables, CNY Snacks, soft drinks, hampers and seasonal Fortune Chestnuts from the event with good bargain prices. So if you are looking to stock up any of these items, then you are just in time for it.
With that, let’s hop onto this festive recipe and hope you will be able to cook and enjoy it with your family during the CNY too !
Baby Abalones & Seafood in Golden Pumpkin 小鲍鱼海鲜金瓜盅Course: MainCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Medium
1 whole pumpkin, approx. 600-700g
4 pcs baby abalones (I used Fortune Brand Baby Abalones)
3 pcs scallops
4 pcs prawns
3 pcs dried mushroom, soaked in water till softened and retain mushroom water
40g red capsicum, diced
40g yellow capsicum, diced
40g green capsicum, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp abalone sauce (or oyster sauce)
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of sugar
Pinch of sesame oil
1/2 shaoxing wine
1/2 tsp light soya sauce
- For the Prawns & Scallops Marinade:
Pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 tsp corn flour
- Marinade seafood with salt, pepper and corn flour and set aside for 30 minutes.
- Cut off stem top of pumpkin and remove the seeds from it.
- Steam pumpkin for 15 mins. Set aside.
- With 2 tbsp of cooking oil, pan cook prawns and scallops till cooked. Remove and set aside.
- Add another tbsp of oil into same pan and add minced garlic. Saute till fragrant.
- Add mushrooms and all capsicums with 2 to 3 tbsp of mushroom water.
- Add rest of seasoning except shaoxing wine. Mix well.
- Add prawns, scallops and baby abalones.
- Mix briefly and finish off shaoxing wine.
- Remove from flame and pour all ingredients into steamed pumpkin. Serve hot immediately.