Almost every Chinese new mother knows the familiar smell of sesame oil. One can’t escape from it during the post-natal period, commonly called the confinement period. Every food is cooked with it. Bleargh! when overdose but yummmm, if used properly.
To some, it stinks. To others, it smells great. Ghee Hiang‘s name is synonymous with sesame oil. A few drops of sesame oil is often used in Chinese cooking to enhance the taste.
Sesame oil with minced meat is a standard dish that most mothers and mothers-in-law will serve the mom who just delivered a baby. Just a quick recipe here:
200gm minced pork (chicken is not served to the new mom until several days later)
A huge piece of ginger, slice thinly and julienne
5 tablespoons sesame oil
One serving of flour vermicelli (mee suah)
Stir fry ginger with sesame oil till fragrant. Remove part of the ginger for serving later. Add minced meat and season with some soya sauce. Pour in about a bowl of water. Let it simmer.
In a separate pot, quickly blanch the mee suah. Remove and serve in the above soup and add the fried ginger. (I am very good in cooking this because my mom used to ask me to cook for my sisters/sis-in-law after they gave birth ‘cos mom was too excited being grandma and momentarily forgot how to cook.)
On normal days, I found making an omelette with fried ginger, comforting. Just stir fry the julienne ginger with enough sesame oil, add a little salt and pepper, knock in two eggs. Fry.
Ghee Hiang also sells very famous biscuits. I shall blog about them next time. Their new shop looks very nice, a huge bungalow at the junction of Jalan Anson and Jalan Macalister. I had taken some photos but accidentally deleted it. Will try to capture more photos.