Well, hang tight and you will be in for a ride! This months Daring Cooks Challenge is about Edible Container. Kudos to Renata of Testado, Provado,& Aprovado. I can say that this is one challenge that i have enjoyed immensely. Not only because this challenge would entail a prize, it basically didn't call for a specific recipe for us to follow but instead gave us the freedom to go outside the box.
This challenge indeed challenged each member to be creative and creative we were. Oh my goodness, such a slew of brilliant ideas. Check DC member’s Creations.
I made three edible containers. I opted to blog them separately because i believe each dish warrants a blog of their own;) Oh boy...what was I thinking?!!! Three dishes??? But really in all honesty..it was well worth it!!!! SO PLS. CLICK ON EACH DISH TO CHECK THE RECIPES.
Let's start with my "outside the box" edible container.
SZECHUAN CHICKEN ON CRISPY CHICKEN SKIN BOWL
The "outside the box" part of this dish is the bowl. I tried to experiment on both the skin from the leg quarters and the breast you would think the ones from the leg quarters would be sturdy/firm enough to form a bowl but surprisingly the skin from the breast was the ones that shaped into a perfect bowl.
According to my guinea pig (my family) this was really good, the crispy skin went well/complimented with the filling.
Taste wise -We really love the combination and the addition of the crispy chicken skin.
Presentation wise - Beautiful, very appetizing
But if you ask me if I’ll do it again? Yes, of course but not making it into a bowl, I’d crush the chicken chicharon and add it on top of a bowl of rice and Szechuan chicken. This is a must try!!!
My second dish "Not so new dish" Edible Container
FILIPINO SEAFOOD CHOPSUEY ON CRISPY NOODLE BOWL
Now this one is a Filipino dish. What made this as my challenge dish? It’s the noodles.
Usually the noodles are just deep fried then top with the chopsuey. What i did was form the noodles into a bowl or nest.
TASTE WISE: Yes, Yes....Crispy noodles are always good! You can actually make this with chicken, pork or beef. A must try dish too!
PRESENTATION WISE: Making the crispy noodles yes but forming them into a bowl not necessary but if you want to impress your guest then by all means make a crispy bowl.
*** The bowl will collapse as soon as you pour the chopsuey. The crispy noodles will absorb the sauce quickly.
OKAY, I WILL SAY THIS...I WILL MAKE THE CRISPY NOODLES AGAIN BUT WITH A FILLING THAT DOES NOT HAVE MUCH SAUCE OR GRAVY. AN ASIAN SALAD WILL BE PERFECT!!!
My last dish for April DC Challenge - "Must try dish" Edible Container.
XIAOLONGBAO-SHANGHAI STEAMED SOUP DUMPLINGS
I first learned about this from my nephew who worked in China. I was so intrigued that i had to put this in my "to do list". This has been in my to do list for the longest time and i finally have no excuse not to make it this time. I thought what a perfect dish for the challenge. XLB could be served 2 ways, a huge dumpling with a straw and the ones that I made. There are a lot of recipes around but i made my own version, the inspiration of this recipe is from my "Chinese Cooking" Cookbook.
XIAOLONGBAO-STEAMED SOUP DUMPLINGS (XLB) small steaming basket is commonly known as Shanghai Steamed Soup Dumplings, are traditionally filled with broth and pork but i added quail eggs on mine. The broth inside is made by using some meat gelatin w/c melts when steamed.
I love, love it but if you ask me will i make it again? Perhaps on special occasion! Okay, okay..here are the reasons.
1. Can I say...LABORIOUS!!! Too much work can you believe that! lol!!!. I had a hard time with the pleating!!
2. These needs to be served right off the steamer otherwise you will loose the broth. I believe it's absorbed by the dough because I didn’t have any leak on the steamer or on the plate. SO NOT GOOD FOR PARTIES.
3. Lets just say I'd leave this to the experts! I rather sit down, order lots of XLB's and enjoy them. But if you haven't tried or tasted these and you're up to making them no matter how long the process will be...go for it!!! It's really good!!!
AT LEAST I CAN NOW SAY THAT I'VE TASTED AND MADE THESE BEAUTIFUL JEWELS!!!! ANOTHER DISH DONE ON MY TO DO LIST!!!
THANK YOU RENATA FOR THIS CHALLENGE!!!