Teochew Dry Kiaw/Keow is one of the dishes which I enjoy a lot. Mind you, it is not cheap to enjoy a bowl of this Singapore speciality. Currently, to eat a decently good bowl of kiaw/keow from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles, you’ll have to pay about SGD6.00. And in this bowl there is only 10 pieces or less kiaw in it. 😦
Yesteryears when we were away from Singapore, this is one of the dishes that I will cook for my family. And now my daughter who is living abroad will make kiaw/keow when she is home sick. To her this is comfort food. Hopefully this will be a trend that will carry on from generation to generation. Hahaha.
I have searched for a good recipe for this dish but I only came across many recipes on Dry Mee Pok and I found a very interesting recipe that teaches how to make the Teochew Her Kiaw/Keow (Teochew Fish Dumpling) from scratch (which I might attempt some time later. This actually motivated me to write out the recipe to share with all of you. I think it is a keep as this is another iconic dish which is unique and only found in Singapore.
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Serves 4 to 5 persons
420g of minced pork
80 pieces Wanton Skin
1 small dry squid (optional)
Some dry black fungus (optional)
Some Coriander leaves, chopped (optional)
For the Seasoning:
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
Dashes of white pepper
2 tablespoons of Chinese wine
1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
2 pieces of tik poh (dried sole fish 扁鱼乾)
2 pieces of fish cakes
100g of beansprouts
Some coriander leaves
Some spring onions
Preparation of ingredients:
- Soak the dry squid in some water.
- Once it is soft, remove the skin and clean the squid.
- Cut into small pieces and set aside.
- Soak the dry black fungus in some water.
- Once it has expanded, rinse and drain away the water.
- Cut into small pieces and set aside.
- Rinse the minced pork and drain away the water.
- Add the squid and black fungus.
- Add in all the seasoning.
- Combine well and cover. Set aside in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- Rinse the tik poh and tap dry.
- Heat up a pan with some oil.
- Pan fry the tik poh till crispy.
- Dish out the tik poh and set aside.
- Transfer the oil into a small bowl for later use.
- Slice the fish cake and set aside.
- Remove the tails from the beansprout. Rinse and set aside.
Wrapping the kiaw/keow
- Remove the marinated pork from the refrigerator.
- Put some water in a small dish.
- Lay a wonton wrapper on your palm or a clean cutting board.
- Place a teaspoon of filling at the lower half of the wrapper near a corner.
- Fold the corner over the filling and fold again to cover the filling. Do not fold all the way up, leave the opposite corner free.
- Flatten the two ends of the wrapper. Pull them together and press firmly.
- Use some water to seal.
- Continue to wrap till all the wanton skin or meat is used up.
Cooking the kiaw/keow
- Put some water into a big pot/pan and bring it to boil.
- Once the water is boiling, give a quick blanch for the fish cake and beansprouts and then set aside.
- Make sure the water is boiling before you add in the kiaw/keow to cook.
- When all the kiaw/keow has floated to the top of the water, remove them from the heat.
- Transfer them to a strainer and put them under running tap so that they stop cooking.
- Drain and set aside.
Assembling the kiaw/keow for serving
- In a bowl, pour in some vinegar (I used about 1 ½ tablespoons), some sambal chilli (I used 2 teaspoons), some fish sauce (I used ¼ teaspoon), some oil (Use the oil you used to fry the tik poh (I used ¼ teaspoon) and mix well.
- Dish the kiaw/keow into the mixture (20 dumplings per person), some fish cakes, some beansprouts, crushed tik poh and toss them well.
- Garnish with some coriander and spring onions.
- The amount of vinegar, chilli, fish sauce and oil which I used are just a guide. You may adjust according to your taste.
- If you do not want to add the optional ingredients into the pork, increase the pork quantity to 450g.
- You may replace the pork with chicken.