I remember cooking this dish during Home Economics class when I was 13. All of us were very eager to have our first cook out without the supervision of our moms. Moms being moms, I think you will find these words familiar. 'Don't mess up my kitchen, clean and wipe properly, watch how you hold the knife, why you cut up the vegetables like that... etc.' Well, or that's just my mom? Time flies. The first digit now progressed from 1 to 3. Eek!!
I have fond memories of the Home Economics class back then (this makes me sound really old). I learnt how to sew a dress and a skirt. Those were the 2 pieces that spoke to me that I do not have the makes of a seamstress. I faired pretty well in the kitchen though. I would proudly bring home whatever I cooked/baked. Probably didn't pass mom's standard but she was polite enough to say nice. Some of my friends would however, give their bakes to guys whom they secretly/openly liked. My rationale then was that; since my mom paid for the ingredients, she had the rights to it. Perhaps, I did like some guys back then, but that doesn't mean I have to feed them right? Their mommies would do that!
Anyhow, I didn't have time to cook a proper dinner after running around and making a cake on Saturday. I was also sick of eating out. So I decided to cook this meat stew as I remembered requiring minimum ingredients, minimum attention, simple 1 dish meal. So while I left the cheesecake to set in the fridge, here's what I did.
400g Lean Pork, cubed
3 Medium size Potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Carrots, peeled and used 乱切法
1/2 White Onion, peeled and quartered
1 Tbsp Butter
2-1/2 Cups Water or Stock
1 Tbsp Cornstarch + 3 Tbsp Water
Salt to Taste
Pepper to Taste
1) Marinate pork with salt and pepper and leave aside for at least 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
2) Heat up a pot, add butter, onions and pork. Add vegetables when the pork starts to browned. Stir fry for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add water, bring to boil then reduce to a simmer.
3) Let it simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Season to taste and add cornstarch solution to thicken. Serve hot with rice or bread.
Super easy! I wonder what they are teaching for Home Economics class these days.
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