If you are looking for a more exciting Christmas taste experience this year, why not look at including some Oriental flavours in your festive menu? Wing Yip, the UK’s leading Chinese grocer, has created a range of simple recipes to inspire and encourage cooks to be a little more creative this Christmas.
“Christmas is an ideal opportunity to enjoy food in the company of family and friends and to cook more extravagant, gourmet dishes,” said Mr Wing Yip, Chairman of Wing Yip plc.
“In our stores we have over 3000 products to inspire your Christmas menu. Fresh fish is delivered to our superstores daily, including fresh prawns and lobster, whilst our online shopping service offers a range of authentic Oriental cooking and dipping sauces ideal for marinating meats and vegetables, as well as a range of Eastern inspired treats for Christmas and New Year parties.”
And for those looking to give traditional Christmas food an Oriental twist, Wing Yip’s development chef, Chef Lin, has several suggestions:
“Dried Shitake mushrooms can be chopped and added to stuffing or as a base for soups, ideal for the starter or a simple supper dish. Szechuan pepper works well dry roasted in a hot pan and used sparingly to season the turkey before cooking and lychees offer an ideal alternative for toppings on flans or glazed tarts.”
Use these simple recipes to impress family and friends at the dinner table:
Kung Po Turkey
Star anise, cinnamon and ginger bring this recipe to life and the stuffing is made with glutinous (sticky) rice, but you may choose to use jasmine rice as an alternative:
• 1 Turkey (adjust spices to taste)
• 2-3 sticks cinnamon
• 6-8 star anise
• 185ml jar Wing Yip Kung Po Sauce
• 1-2 Tsp. Five Spice Powder
For the stuffing:
• 228 gms glutinous rice (soaked for 4 hours), or,228 gms Jasmine Rice (washed and drained)
• 170 ml vegetable stock
• 85g Chorizo or Chinese sausage (finely sliced)
• 28gm dried sliced mushrooms (soaked and chopped)
• 1 tsp ginger juice (from grated fresh ginger)
• 1 Tbsp. Wing Yip Cooking wine
• 1 Tbsp. Wing Yip Oyster Sauce
• 2 Tbsp. Peanut Oil
• 2 Tbsp. black rice vinegar
• 1 Tbsp. Wing Yip Sesame Oil
• 1 Tbsp. Wing Yip Light Soya Sauce
For the stuffing
Method 1 - Jasmine Rice
1. Heat oil in a wok and fry sausage and mushrooms. Season with light soy, oyster sauce, ginger juice and black vinegar.
2. Add rice and stirfry for 2 minutes.
3. Remove rice and place in a pot and add stock. Cook on medium-high heat initially and when holes appear in the rice, turn heat down to the lowest setting, cover and allow rice to continue cooking in its own steam for approximately 10 minutes
4. When rice is cooked, cool quickly and stuff turkey neck cavity, pressing rice firmly into place, securing neck flap with a cocktail stick.
Method 2 - Glutinous Rice
5. Heat oil in a wok and fry sausage and mushrooms. Season with light soy, oyster sauce, ginger juice and black vinegar. Remove from the heat.
6. Drain soaked rice and mix with cooked ingredients.
7. Spread loosely in a dry shallow dish and steam the rice dry (without any water added) over medium heat for 30 minutes or until grains are translucent and chewy.
8. When rice is cooked, cool quickly and stuff turkey neck cavity, pressing rice firmly into place, securing neck flap with a cocktail stick.
For the Turkey (please cook turkey according to weight - approximately 15-20 minutes per pound, but please use thermometer to ensure its cooked thoroughly)
9. Rub body cavity of turkey with five spice powder and season the skin with a little salt. Place star anise and cinnamon inside the body cavity and cook to instructions on packaging.
10. 30 minutes before turkey is ready, using a pastry brush, baste the whole turkey with a thick layer Kung Po Sauce.
11. Continue cooking for 30 minutes on 170C -180C.
Remove from the oven and allow turkey to rest before serving.
Honey Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables with Sesame Seeds
Bring a hint of the Orient to the rich, seasonal flavours with this delicious parsnip recipe, from Chef Lin at Wing Yip, the UK’s leading Oriental grocer.
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp runny honey
2 Tbsp sesame seeds (available at Wing Yip superstores)
Pinch of Salt
1. Preheat the oven to 425F/220C.
2. Peel and cut the parsnips and carrots into even size lengths.
3. Boil the carrots for approximately 3 minutes as they take longer to cook.
4. Drain the carrots and season both vegetables with a little salt.
5. Heat the oil in a roasting tin in the oven and when the oil it hot, tip the carrots and parsnips into the oil and mix to coat with the oil.
6. Cook for approximately 30 – 40 minutes, turning them once during the cooking process.
7. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and squeeze honey evenly over the vegetables, lightly mixing to coat evenly.
8. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.
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