Where has the time gone? — We are having another summer solstice already! But a beautiful day — the longest day of the year. Hope you enjoyed it, unfortunately I have been suffering really bad hay fever, could not be outside to see the sun dropping at the latest moment.
But you know what? I do see the sun in the early, early morning though — does not sound like me? No? — who is a typical night owl rarely breath in the early morning fresh air. But it is sure. — It seems our little one is a typical ‘leo’, as if he could know in my tummy when the sun is out, and starts kicking to wake me up, which normally in the early morning, like 4am or 5am. I open my eyes saw the beautiful sun shines through the window, could not help thinking it was going to be a beautiful day. This beautiful sunlight, as well as his kicks, lasts till 8am, I then tried to have a late lying in, make up some time, but when I got up later, the sun disappeared as if it never came — it became a cloudy, rainy and dark day as usual. I looked down at my tummy, he then became quiet. I eventually understand that he just wants me to feel the sun, not to miss out the ‘treasure’ moment of the day. :)
So, yes, I have become kind of ‘early person’, but ‘late get up’, and extremely tired person. :) So, you have to forgive me for not being able to post more often or write rubbish, coz I am being prepared for the ‘lack of sleep life’ with a little baby.
But, I am still cooking though. Actually, I am having more and more dishes to share, since I am learning a lot of new recipes to keep myself healthy and preparing for taking care of a baby. :)
Chips in China
However, this one is one of the most simple ones — stir fried potato slices, probably, you can even name it ‘Chinese style chips’.
I talked to another friend, who is a Historian, about the way potato is used in Chinese recipes. He asked, ‘then these dishes must be quite newish’. He is right, just I never thought of it that way before. To me, potato is such a common ingredient in Chinese cuisine; but obviously, these dishes must have a relatively short history. I was curious, so I checked out online and found out that potato was introduced in China by the end of the Ming Dinasty, and immediately became a delicacy in the imperial court. It became widespread only much later.
I really like potato, but like I said, there are so many different types of potato in the supermarkets here in England… I am always confused about which one is suitable for cooking what dish.
In China, we did not have ‘chips’ before McDonald’s, and I still really prefer “Chinese-style Chips“. This dish is my dad’s invention, or he altered a little bit from somewhere else. It became one of my favorite dishes for as long as I could remember. Oh, I did stop eating potato for a while, it was only because they say that potato is not good for aging. But I could not resist it, so started cooking my favorite potato dishes again.
It is super easy to make. It is not like chips — deep oil fried, rather just simple stir fried, so I guess it is much healthier.
The recipe: Chinese stir fried potato slices
Here you go.
Potato (I used Maris Pipers potato)
Oil, salt, cumin seeds
Chop the potato into thin slices.
1) In a heated wok, add in around 4-5 tablespoons of oil, move around the wok, allow the oil spread evenly.
2) When the oil is heating up, add in sliced potato. (Not covering the lid of the wok.) Stir, allow all the potato slices have enough oil contacts.
3) Add in couple of teaspoon of cumin seeds, stir well with potato slices.
4) When the surface of the potato is getting dry, even a little bit ‘burnt’, it is done. My dad normally adds salt after taking the dish to the plate, it is quite similar to add the salt on chips, but you can certainly add the salt during stir frying.
Once, when I was at the airport in Bonn, we ordered ‘chips’, but it came up with … to me, it was like ‘stir fried potato slices with pork mince’. Obviously, I could not eat pork, I swapped dish with my husband. But it was certainly different to the chips we normally know. :)
About Spanish chips — with a husband from Spain, don’t need to say, we have the ‘typical’ Spanish type of chips we have at home. We joke that it is ‘stir fried potato slices with garlic’, rather than normal chips or fries.
Oops, too much talking, tomorrow I am continuing with the Chinese potato dishes if you like. :)
- Potato (I used Maris Pipers)
- cumin seeds
- Chop the potato into thin slices.
- In a heated wok, add in 4-5 tablespoons of oil, move around the wok, allow the oil spread evenly.
- When the oil is heating up, add in sliced potato.
- Add in couple of teaspoon of cumin seeds, stir well with potato slices.
- When the surface of the potato is getting dry, even a little bit ‘burnt’, it is done.