Bouillon Chinoise Meefoon and Teokon/Tofu (Chinese Soup with rice vermicelli & Teokon/Tofu)

Cooler days call for warming soup and with this winter, we need a soup packed with great ingredients and flavors.  In Mauritius, Chinese soups are often accompanied with plenty of ingredients, now I know there are various types of chinese soups.

This recipe is simply my version of cooking a fabulous bowl of Mauritius Chinese Soup with rice vermicelli (Meefoon). I know chinese soups often involve Chicken carcass but I have chosen to skip that part, but you can choose to use chicken stock as well.  When I head into any Chinese restaurants, the soup is a must as a starter, filled in a small bowl. At home, this recipe has a great accompaniment and in many other Mauritius cuisines and that amazing accompaniment is Mauritius Tomato and Chilli Chutney “Chatini Pomme d’amour“. Pour 2 to 3 spoons of that chutney into the Chinese Soup and the taste goes beyond heaven 🙂

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Servings: 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Meefoon (Rice Vermicelli), soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 large steamed Teokon/Tofu, cut into pieces of cubes.
  • 15-20 pieces of Fish balls, soaked in water 30 minutes prior to cooking preparations
  • 2 bunch of bredes Tompouce (Pak-Choy leaves and stem), washed and soaked into water
  • 2 small can of Corn (425 grams), cut into your desired shapes
  • 10 pieces of whole chinese black Mushrooms Shiitake, soaked in water overnight and cut into slices
  • 15 pieces of black cloud ear Mushrooms (optional), soaked in water overnight or 4 hours prior to cooking preparations
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1  tsp of mushrooms flavoured soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of soy sauce
  • 2 Maggi cubes
  • 3 litres of water (Optional – you can also use Chicken Stock instead of water)
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (Quantity based as per your preferences)
  • Salt and pepper

Preparations:

1. In a small bowl, mix all the sauces with 5cl of water and 1 tsp of grated garlic. Allow to rest.

2. Preheat a bottomed pot with vegetable oil and add 1 tsp of grated garlic on medium heat. Once the garlic starts sizzling, add the black mushrooms siitake and mix well for 2 minutes simply to add flavor to the mushrooms.

3. After 2 minutes, remove the mushrooms and add the remaining grated garlic, 3 litres of water or (chicken stock if you are not using water) alongside the soaked meefoon (rice vermicelli) and black cloud ear mushrooms. Pour the mixed sauces and cook for 5 minutes, lid half covered.

4. Add the fish balls and corns. Cook for another 3 minutes.

5. The bredes tompouce (pak-choy leaves and stem) and steamed Teokon/Tofu pieces go into the pot 2 minutes before the soup is fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper (quantity based as per your preferences). Stove off and crack-open each eggs one by one into the hot water soup then cover the lid.

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Mauritius Bouillon Poisson (Fish Stew) with bredes mouroum (moringa leaves)

Mauritius Bouillon Poisson (Fish Stew), the preferred traditional seafood dish in our little tropical island. Always accompanied with rice and chatini coco (coconut chutney). Cooked in so many kitchens in Mauritius 🙂 The nostalgic moment of fishing fresh fishes from the beach with the family returns back when the smell of that delicious bouillon (stew) is spread in the kitchen.

The best medicine in a bowl. Bredes Mouroum (Moringa leaves) have many health benefits, they can cure and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases, anemia, digestive disorders, skin, respiratory and many more diseases.

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Servings: 7

Ingredients:

  • 6-7 small whole parrot fishes
  • Bunch of bredes mouroum (Moringa leaves)
  • 1.5 Litre – 2 Litre of water
  • Parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp of vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp of lime juice
  • 1 cup flour

Spices:

  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 large onions, cut into chunks
  • 4 tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 4 large tbsp can tomato puree
  • 1 branch curry leaves (15 curry leaves)
  • 1 small bunch coriander leaves

 

Preparations:

For the fishes:

  1. Mix into a bowl the vinegar, lime juice and cinnamon powder, add the fishes into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In another bowl, coat into flour the fishes. Shake off any excess.
  3. Meanwhile in a frying pan, add vegetable oil and fry the fishes for around 8-10 minutes until golden brown in color.

For the spices:

  1. Blend all the ingredients into the list of spices.
  2. In a large bottomed pot, preheat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and pour the blended spices into the pot. Let it cook on medium heat for 7 -8 minutes, lid covered on.
  3. Pour the water into the pot, combine well with the spices. Allow them to simmer for another 5 minutes, lid covered on.
  4. Add the cooked fishes into the pot and cover the lid for 5 minutes.
  5. The bredes mouroum or moringa leaves go in for 1 -2 minutes. Stove off.
  6. Garnish on top with parsley leaves. You can serve with rice and Mauritius Chatini coco (Coconut Chutney).

Yoghurt Mint Sauce with lemon zest

Bonjour Foodies,

A so easy recipe, can be served as a healthy sauce with so many dishes, such as roasted chicken, salmon and many more. In the little island Mauritius here, this sauce is accompanied with Mauritian Chicken Briani 🙂 If you have a stomach burns due to too much spices like me, then this sauce is best in reducing those risks since it contain dairy product Yoghurt. Plus lemon being a good fruit aids digestion and removes toxins. Mint helps digestion and aids stomach pains as well.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Yoghurt (I use Yoplait sans sucre – Yoplait without sugar)
  • 15 fresh Mint leaves, crushed into a paste
  • 1/2 tsp of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • Salt and pepper

Preparations:

  1. Blend everything together into a mixer. Season with salt and pepper to your desired taste.

Fried Coconut Fish with spices

Note: Don’t worry the fishes are not burnt, its just the cooked spices on the fishes which turns into this colour after deep fried because the fishes were highly covered with the spices

“Dip into the Indian Ocean cuisine”, if you live on a little island like me then you will absolutely be used to eating seafoods. This one is my favorite when it comes to fried fish because of being spiced up with coconut milk. Ever wondered why coconut palm trees grow on the coastal areas because they are the best companions to seafoods.

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Servings: 3
Ingredients:

  • 3 pieces of Parrot fish (you can use any fish you like)
  • 3 tbsp of coconut milk
  • 1 /2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1 tsp of garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp of onion paste
  • 1/2 tsp of lime juice
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper

Preparations:

1) Mix the coconut milk, turmeric and coriander powder, garlic, ginger and onion paste, salt and pepper together in a bowl, let the mixture rest for 1 minute. Meanwhile in another bowl, season the fishes with lime juice, salt and pepper.

2) Add the fishes into the marinade and combine well together. Allow the fishes to rest for 30 minutes.

3) In a deep pan, preheat the vegetable oil and deep fry the fishes for 6-7 minutes on both sides.

Sprinkle on top some coriander leaves and lemon wedges.

Salmon with Summer Mango and Pineapple Salsa

Hello lovely foodies,

Summer is almost here, though I don’t like summer but I do love all the tropical fruits which flourishes during that season. In our small little tropical Island, you get the chance to enjoy those sweet mouth-watering ripe mangoes and pineapples, their colors are also just amazing and appealing

Salmon goes perfectly well with these tropical fruits if refrigerate well. Let me take you to the simple ingredients you will need to make your summer sweeter and refreshing

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Servings: 4-5                                                                                                                                           

Ingredients:

For the Salmon:

4-5 Salmon Fillets
½ tsp of Paprika
2 tsp of Lemon juice
Salt and Pepper for seasoning
Olive oil

For the Fruit Salsa:

1 Pineapple, diced
2 ripe Mangoes, diced
1/2 Onion, finely chopped
½ tsp of Lemon juice
Parsley leaves (Quantity as per your preference)
Salt and Pepper for seasoning

Preparations:

1. For the fruit salsa, mix all the ingredients stated and combine well. Refrigerate for 1 hour
2. For the Salmon, combine all the ingredients stated, let it rest for 10 minutes

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3. Meanwhile, preheat a non-stick pan with olive oil, once sizzling add the Salmon fillets and cook for 8 minutes on each side on medium heat.

Voila Salmon fish is done, serve with the Mango and Pineapple salsa. Normally you can accompany this dish with some plain cooked rice or bread, I have served mine with just the Salmon and the fruit salsa to cut down on the carbs haha and I have diced some unseasoned fresh ripe mango alongside my salsa to have more natural sweetness

I hope you have loved this simple-easy recipe. Make your summer more light & relishful with the summer fruits and fish.