Saturday, February 16, 2008

Chai Boey...aka...Leftover Food........

my big wok of 'chai boey'.........which i cooked on the 2nd day of CNY.
i do not know whether anyone of you had eaten leftover food from any big festival dishes which is being recycle into another wonderful dish.......this is what i had done with my leftover nine course reunion dinner dishes which nobody wants to eat after it has been lying in the fridge overnight.....so instead of all these food cluttering my not so big fridge space i turn it into 'chai boey'...........here is how i prepare my 'chai boey'.............

Buy 2 big stalks of 'kua chai' or mustard greens...washed and cut or tear into big pieces of about 4 inches length....blanched in a wok of hot water for a minute or two.... drained and keep aside.....blanched a few pieces of 'kiam chai' (salted mustard green)soaked and cleaned beforehand.........drained......fry it in the wok with the 'kua chai 'and a few pieces of soaked dried chillies(seeded)....fry until fragrant and dry......then add in all the left over food to simmer slowly in wok for about 45 mins.....add some tomato sauce and chilli sauce to season it according to taste before simmering........add some water if the leftover food is too dry.....stir occasionally......and then enjoy it with hot rice when ready........
This dish taste heavenly if you had braised or roasted pig's trotter , duck and chicken meat in it......it had a sweet..sour.... and spicy taste with all the flavours of all the leftover food combine into something unique.........

16 comments:

Judy said...

This dish is one of my son's favourite. He could have 3 serves of rice with just this dish.

Thanks from dropping by my blog. Nice one here you have. :)

Sweet Jasmine said...

my two sons has not acquire their taste for this dish...maybe becoz in their minds leftover food is just leftovers....and have been taking freshly cook meals fr. young.....

thks for visiting..glad u like my blog...hve link u...coz i like yr lovely blog too...

Sweet Jasmine said...

Judy - oops..sorry to type yr name..the above comment is directed to you...

Moments In Time said...

Looks absolutely yummy! I made this with the leftover turkey bones from Thanksgiving and had the whole pot to myself since hubby won't even touch it. Better for me! I used my mother's recipe, pretty much the same except my mom use serai and assam keping.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and sharing all your foodie pics with us *drool*! Both you and your son are talented cooks!

Little Corner of Mine said...

I love "chai boey"! But I never have enough leftover to cook "chai boey", furthermore, I don't think this dish strikes my hubby fancy too. When I was young, I always picked up the mustard greens in the chai boey to eat. :)

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Yes, I remembered this dish from my childhood when my grandma used to make it. I wonder if this will work with western food too. LOL!

Thanks for visiting my blog, and I still have time to wish you Gong Hei Fatt Choy! :)

Sweet Jasmine said...

moments in time - ya..left over turkeys taste good too..sometimes i used assam keping...but have not try serai yet...thks for visiting too...do drop by more often to 'drool' over my food..lol

little corner of mine - you can make yr own chai boey by buying some roast meats or braised pig's trotter to cook this....no need to wait for leftovers....to indulge yrself...

east meets west kitchen - western food like leftover turkey meat..pork roast..sausages...roast chicken...hams...can be use to make this dish with of course the mustard greens and some hot pepper added.....wishing you a happy and prosperous year of the rat too..

singairishgirl said...

This is the second blog I see with this 'chai boey' today. I have not tried it though, even though I assume it's a Hokkien dish?

daphne said...

hey jasmine. Was blog hopping and came up. Hope your knees feel better soon. It must be horrible to receive all those jabs!

I really do like chai boey... left over food kept for 1 extra day means better flavours!!!!!

Sweet Jasmine said...

singairishgirl - i'm not too sure where this dish originated from...but i think all hokkiens and hock chiews cook knows how to cook it....my dear buddies of other dialects...do you all eat or cook leftovers like this..? please share....

Sweet Jasmine said...

daphne - thanks for dropping by...
i'm much better now....after the jabs...which is not so bad compare to the painful joints...

chai boey taste good to those who loves it....but to some it is just leftover food...i really love the mixture of flavours...

Anonymous said...

Hi, happened to chance upon your blog. It's interesting to know that ppl still eat this dish. I'm a Teochew and my family eat this on the 2nd day of CNY too. My mom told me it also symbolises abundance. My hubby's a Cantonese and doesn't believe in eating leftovers. :p But I simply love all the flavours being fused together.

rgds
Rei

Hijackqueen said...

Your Hubby and Son did not know what they are missing. Those are so good! *slurp slurp*

shern's mom said...

no other leftover is as delicious as this. yum yum..

Sweet Jasmine said...

hi rei - thks for sharing...hmm..now at least i know teochews eat chai boey also....

Sweet Jasmine said...

hijackqueen - yeh...they do not know how to enjoy real taste...

shern's mom - welcome to the club of chai boey lovers....