Monday, December 31, 2012

HO SI FAT CHOI - HOW TO PREPARE DRIED OYSTERS WITH HAIR VEGETABLE

For the benefit of everyone who wishes to know how to prepare dried oysters with hair-vegetable, here's the link:
http://atthebackofthehill.blogspot.com/2011/02/ho-si-fat-choi-dried-oysters-with-black.html.

[Dried oyster and hair vegetable (ho si fat choi) is a typical Cantonese dish often served on Chinese New Year and at auspicious events. The name is written using the phrase 好事發財, which expresses a wish for prosperity and good fortune.]


好事發財


Ho si: 蠔豉
Fat choi: 髮菜


Note: also appropriate for festive occasions is sea cucumber.
For more on that subject, and cooking instructions, click here:

海參

Sea cucumber (hoi sam 海參) can be found in grocery stores that specialize in dried ingredients, as well as some herb stores and supermarkets, in many Chinese neighborhoods. Soaking hoi sam in preparation of cooking will take a few days, so you must plan ahead. Change the water at least twice a day. When softened, clean grit out of the cavity, slice, and blanch. The full process is described in the string of posts that clicking that link will pull up, and your merchant will also be able to explain it thoroughly.



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