In my recent trip to Hong kong, I finally realized how different is chinese foods we enjoy here in the Philippines compared to the ones they serve in restaurants over there. I must admit I prefer our Pinoy Chinese dishes that has been “filipinized”. Taste is really after all a matter of getting used to. It is no denying that Chinese culture has immensely influenced our palate and our dishes; from pansit to lumpia to lugaw and some other. And of all these Chinese dishes we cook my personal favorite is Chopseuy. It is easy , healthy and delicious. And this dish is one way to make use of all the remaining vegetables sleeping on the fridge. There are different versions again of this dish: some put milk, while others make a sticky sauce with cornstarch.
I grew up in a family that it is the Dad who is the househusband while Mom goes out working. Dad cooks everyday easy to prepare recipes as he had a lot of household chores on top of this home-based work. I am sharing you my dad’s Chopseuy Express, this is the one he cooks mostly on a Mondays when there are lots of fresh vegetable left-over from the Weekend Nilaga (Beef Boiled Soup). My Dad secret ingredient; chicharon! Enjoy!
half a head of a cabbage (cut in bite size pieces)
about 100 grams of baguio beans (green beans)
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut in cubes
1 patola, peeled and sliced
2 gloves of garlic pounded
1 onion sliced
2 tablespoons of soysauce
1 tablepoon of fish sauce (patis)
1 pack of chicharon
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of cornstarch + 2 tablespoons of water
In a very hot wok, put your cooking oil, sauté the garlic and onion until wilted. Then put all the vegetables and start stir-frying for about 8 minutes. Put some soy sauce, fish sauce, salt, pepper and chicharon. You can put a little bit of water to avoid burning the vegetables. Try a vegetable like carrot when its tender to the bite the vegetables are ready. Pour your cornstarch diluted in water. Continue mixing. Turn of the fire. Serve immediately with steamed rice.
Tagged: cabbage, chicharon, chinese dish, chopseuy, green beans, vegetables