Steam drumsticks with dried mushroom and red dates

|easy healthy steam drumsticks with dried mushroom and red dates|
Apart from stir frying, steaming is one of the best well-known Chinese cooking method to many westerners.  Chinese steaming is all about simplicity, with minimal marinates or seasoning, for example seafood like live crabs/fish/shellfish as well as chicken are popular steaming dishes in Chinese cuisine.
In most of the steaming dishes, only green onions and gingers are used, or sometimes dried mushrooms or dried fruits like goji berries and red dates to infuse natural flavours into the main ingredient through steaming, so to avoid any excessive marinates or seasoning.

To make easy steam chicken, simply take drumsticks instead of chicken leg or the whole chicken. drumsticks are more tender, juicier than chicken breasts and easier to handle than the whole chicken, and most importantly drumstick has less fat than chicken leg.
What you need:
– 1 tsp sea salt
– 5 drumsticks
– 5-8 dried mushrooms
– 1 tbsp goji berries
– 2 dried red dates

What you do:
1. marinate drumsticks with sea salt and store in fridge for about 4 hours
2. soak dried mushrooms, goji berries in water for a few hours
3. mix the macerated dried mushrooms, goji berries and red dates (slice red dates in halves) with the drumsticks
4. steam altogether for about 20 minutes and done!

 

|簡易養生蒸小雞腿|

近來為了健康都會盡量少糖少鹽甚至將任何調味料減至最低,發現只要主食材新鮮或者適當配合其他天然食材都可以帶出主食材的味道。例如不少中菜都會用海味或者乾果烹調主食材,特別利用蒸、燉或者燜的方法,將天然冬菇香、蝦乾的海鮮味和紅棗的甜味帶出,這樣主食材就可以避免不必要的調味。

一般人蒸雞都會將整隻雞斬件,不過份量可能會太多而且需要準備時間較長,所以可以試試利用小雞腿代替。小雞腿比起大雞腿較少脂肪,而且比起雞胸更滑溜,絕對是一個快速簡單蒸雞的好材料。

材料:
-1茶匙海鹽
-5隻小雞腿
-預先浸軟乾冬菇5-8隻、1湯匙杞子
-2粒紅棗 (將紅棗切半)

做法:
1.利用大約1茶匙鹽醃5隻小雞腿4小時
2.加入預先浸軟的乾冬菇、杞子和切好的紅棗蒸大約20分鐘,即成養生低鹽蒸小雞腿!

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