Ever listened to Shonen Knife? I love them. Everytime I see a product using an animal for branding, I think of Shonen Knife's very cute short song Tortoise Brand Pot Scrubbing Cleaner's Theme..."Tortoise Brand Pot Cleaner...Specially selected pot cleaner...The best pot cleaner in the world is...Specially selected Tortoise Brand".
I like Lin Lin Panda Brand XO Sauce not because it's got a cute little animal stamped on it even though, it might seem, a lot of my purchase decisions are based on cuteness of branding or packaging. Lin Lin is a truly good sauce. I know because we have tried many including those expensive ones in ornate tiny bottles. Lin Lin's just got the right mix, how I like my XO sauce.
Last night's dinner - a stir-fry with steamed rice. You'll need:
~ 5 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
~ 1 eschalot (finely chopped)
~ a handful of dried shrimps and a handful of dried scallops (cover with water to rehydrate - they are not really necessary because the sauce already contains them but I like boosting the flavour)
~ Panda Brand XO Sauce
~ 1 bunch of snakebeans (cut into 4cm pieces)
~ a dozen king prawns (lightly salted and peppered)
4Heat some oil in a pan. Throw in garlic and eschalot and cook till soft.
4Squeeze excess water out of dried shrimps and scallops and add to pan. Save soaking liquid.
4Add 3 heaped tablespoons of XO sauce. Mix well.
4Add snakebeans. Give everything in the pan a good stir. Add maybe 3 tablespoons of soaking liquid. Put pan lid on for 5 minutes.
4Remove lid. Beans should now be cooked but not soft.
4Add prawns. Give everything another good stir. Add more soaking liquid if you like it saucier.
4Check seasoning - add some soy if it's not salty enough. Remove from heat when prawns are cooked.
4Serve over steamed rice.
Until the next homecooked meal...