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Damir has been feeling unwell lately and has been down with a fever. But because he is so active and wants to follow his big brother around, I think he have forgotten that he is sick.

But that is a good sign isn’t it? To have forgotten that you are not feeling well and continue being happy.

I am so impressed with him as I know that not many kids or even adults are able to do that.


As previously I have written on the topic of marinating, I am going to write on how to marinate mince pork. This is a very easy process and it doesn’t take very long hence it is good for a quick meal.


  • 150g Lean mince pork
  • 1/2tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 2tsp Fish sauce
  • 1tsp Garlic (mince)
  • 1tsp Shallot oil (recipe for shallot oil, click here)
  • 1/2tsp Sesame oil


  1. Place mince meat into a clean bowl
  2. Combine all the above together
  3. Cover and place in refrigerator for 20 to 30 mins.

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Note: you do not have to marinate the mince for too long because, since it is mince, it means that the protein in the meat has already relaxed. Therefore, the marinade is more to flavour the meat than tenderise it.

Watercress has dark green, flat round leaves with a hot zest and refreshing flavour. It is known to contain a significant amount of iron, calcium and folic acid, in addition to vitamin A and C.

  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Serving: 4-6 pax
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Time to make: 4-5hrs (Electric Cooker); 2-3hrs (Stovetop)



  • 1.25L (5 cups) Chicken Stock (to read on how to prepare stock, click here and just follow till step 2)
  • 200g                Watercress
  • 2 stick              Carrots (peeled and wash)


  1. Rinse and soak water cress for a while.
  2. Drain and set aside.
  3. Chopped carrots to chunky pieces.

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  • You can use other other meat stock too instead of chicken stock

  1. Prepare chicken stock.
  2. Bring watercress and carrots together.
  3. Place into the pot of stock and simmer together for at least 4 hrs. 


Marinating is the process of soaking foods in a seasoned, often acidic, liquid before cooking . It is whereby the acid causes the tissue in the meat to break down, allowing more moisture to be absorbed and giving a juicier end product

Why Marinate?

Marinating is often use to add flavour to the food and to tenderized the tougher cuts of meat. Marinades can be wet or dry and it can be any flavour that you desire.

Importance of Marinating

It is important to bear in mind that marinating is a cooking process (though heat is rarely applied) because similar to all cooking process, we can overdo it.

The marinade can be acidic with ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice or wine or savory with soy sauce, brine or other sauces. However too much acid or leaving the piece of meat sitting in the acid for a long period of time can be detrimental to the end product. This is because as the enzymes (in the liquid) break down (digest) the proteins in the meat, at the end, it will result into an unpalatable much. Hence a good marinade will have a delicate balance of spices, acids and oil.

Basic Principles of Marinating

The time taken to marinate the meat can vary from a few minutes to several hours or even overnight (refrigerated). The more delicate the protein is the tendency to over things is higher. For example:

  1. Fish or seafood should never be left sitting in the marinade for more than 30 mins (especially if lemon juice is involved)
  2. Red meat on the contrary can sit in the refrigerator all night including chicken and pork (that is if no fruit juices are used in the marinade)


  • Note
  1. If fresh fruit juice is used as the marinade, keep the marinating time to the minimum.
  2. Whatever marinade is used, throw away any uncooked portion when you finished with it.
  3. If the marinade is to be used as an accompanying sauce, heat it till it comes to a boil and that it is at least cooked for 10 mins.



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