Since I spend longer time in Hebei now (read: less cooking, more hotel food), I will start publishing those dishes I cooked few months ago and just got stacked up inside my hard drive. Here’s one, a very simple recipe for lightly fried yet succulent and tender squid rings.
Salt & pepper
Clean squid accordingly. Rub off the brownish outer skin and rinse under running water. Cut into rings; the tentacles sliced or diced as preferred. Pat with paper towel to remove any excess water. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, mix the chopped onion and marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
Heat oil in a wok until smoking hot. Fry garlic until aromatic then stir-fry the squid rings with onion over high heat for 1 or 2 minutes, in batches if needed. Serve immediately. You can dip ‘em to a mixture of kalamansi juice and soy sauce.
I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dadâ€™s teen â€˜sous chefâ€™ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard â€˜turo-turoâ€™ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.
My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.
Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.