5-Step CNY Recipes that you can whip up with Tefal Cookware
Happy Chinese New Year! Are you ready for reunion dinner? When I was a child, I always looked forward to CNY because my grandfather would whip up a feast of his signature dishes. Now that I have grown up, I started to do more cooking on my own. In this article, I have prepared two simple CNY recipes with Tefal cookware.
STIR FRY PRAWNS IN CHILLI CRAB SAUCE
As an amateur cook, I always wonder, “How do I know if the pan is hot enough? When do I add in the minced garlic?” Thankfully, Tefal has this brilliant innovation called the “Tefal Thermo-Spot” which makes frying easier.
The Thermo-spot tells you when your pan has reached the optimum temperature to seal in the flavour of your food. On the picture on the left, you can see small and brighter red lines in the centre of the pan. When placed over heat for a few minutes, this red dot turns bright red. Once it turns bright red completely, it means your pan is heated and ready to use.
There may be a lot of frying pans out there but not all non-stick pans are the same. At least for Tefal’s pan, I can know when exactly I should add my ingredients in. Stirring and tossing my food becomes easier and possible since it is a non-stick pan. It also has a Bakelite handle. Yay! The non-stick feature means I can use less oil!
Furthermore, the pan has an anti-abrasion titanium base which makes it exceptionally tough and hard-wearing. This means that there won’t be any scratches after frying! In addition, the pan is dishwasher-safe. Washing it is simple as any leftover food residues slide off easily. Cleaning requires little to no effort at all. So far, I am a happy user!
Stir-Fry Prawns in Chilli Crab Sauce is one of the best dishes that I’ve cooked with my Tefal pan. The king prawns are cooked at an optimal temperature, hence there is a beautiful crustacean aroma wafting from the kitchen. Tossing it with Chilli Crab Sauce, with the help of the Thermo-spot, I can tell when to fry the king prawns for that perfect char, making this plate of prawns colourful and delicious!
- 8 prawns
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 red chilli, deseed & slice
- 2 stalks spring onions, cut into 1 inch
- 1 tomato, cut into slices
- Some lime juice
- Vegetable oil
- 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1 tbsp chilli sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- A pinch of salt
- Clean the prawns by removing the beards and devein the middle part of the prawns.
- Heat up the Tefal pan and wait for the Thermo-Spot to turn completely red before adding in the vegetable oil
- Shallow-fry the prawns on medium heat to ensure the prawns cook evenly. Place the prawns on some paper towels and set aside.
- Using the remaining oil in the wok, sauté minced garlic till fragrant. Add in seasoning till well-mixed.
- Add in the prawns and beaten egg. Stir the gravy while adding in the egg. Sprinkle chopped spring onion on top and serve.
There are many Chinese New Year dishes cooked using prawns. That’s because it is pronounced as “ha” in Cantonese – much like “laughter”, symbolizing laughter (笑 “哈哈”) and happiness. I hope this dish brings you joy all year round. If you have young kids at home, you can skip the chilli.
FISH MAW SOUP
Fish maw soup is often served during Chinese New Year. This is a dish that I look forward to every year. It is also called the treasure soup because there are a lot of goodies in the soup. Fish maw (鱼鳔) is an excellent source of collagen and will improve your complexion.
Usually, we use a slow cooker or pressure cooker to boil the soup. This time round, I tried using Tefal Pro Induction Rice Cooker (RK8055) to cook the soup and it turned out really well! With a gamay exterior, the rice cooker is an efficient machine that cooks more than just rice!
As you look through pictures of the cooking methods below, you will see the beautiful spherical pot that is exclusive to Tefal. Angled at 62 degrees, it improves heat circulation resulting in evenly-cooked fluffy rice. Using 3D induction heating, it heats up faster for more efficient cooking.
There are 48 programmes for you to choose from. They include White rice, Japanese rice, Glutinous rice, Brown rice, Quick cooking, Small quantity, Claypot, Porridge, Congee, Steam, Slow Cook, Soup, Reheat, Keep warm and DIY Chef. The 1.8L rice cooker allows you to select your desired texture no matter what type of rice you are cooking. Furthermore, you can cook up to 10 cups of rice and a myriad of dishes!
Fish maw can be purchased in both processed or unprocessed forms. Processed means it is already fried and ready to be soaked in water. Unprocessed means it needs to be fried, then soaked in water. Fish maw has a unique texture which allows it to soak up the flavour of what it sits in. I basically did everything in this multi-purpose rice cooker – and that includes soaking, stir frying and stewing!
- 30g fish maw (or a pack)
- 8 slices ginger
- 8 dried oysters
- 2L chicken soup
- 8 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 3 tbsp hot water
- half Napa cabbage, cut into small lengths
- 10 fish balls
- 2 egg whites
- A handful of bean sprouts
- 1 tsp light soy sauce
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp hua diao wine
- some salt
- some white pepper
- Soak fish maw, dried oysters and mushrooms in 2L hot water for 2 hours. Drain and cut the fish maw into ½ inch slices.
- Switch the rice cooker to DIY mode and set temperature to 150°C. Fry ginger briefly, then add the fish maw, oysters, mushrooms and fry till fragrant. Add the chicken soup and let it boil for 10 mins.
- Add in cabbage and switch the rice cooker to ‘soup’ mode. Let it cook for 50 minutes.
- Combine the corn starch and water in a small bowl. Stir in the corn starch and egg white. Continue stirring until the egg threads are formed.
- Add in the fish balls and beansprouts. Season the soup with salt and pepper.
The Tefal rice cooker comes with a cookbook with recipes for claypot rice, Cantonese boat congee, stir fry dishes, steamed dishes, soups, and even desserts. It is available at major electronics and home appliances stores, and other authorised dealers. Visit the Tefal website & Facebook page for more information.