Monday 13 May 2013

My Belated Cinco De Mayo Dinner

fresh corn tortillas with corn salsa and stir fried sirloin with romano
I have just moved into a new flat in Hong Kong, the kitchen is actually pretty nice and big and open! I have looked at so many terrible flats while searching for a new apartment in Hong Kong, I have seen kitchens in the bathrooms, tiny kitchens and no kitchens!

My new kitchen has a gas stove with gas bottle thats for a barbecue in the cupboard below, this is pretty common in HK but i am not sure on how entirely safe it is!  It seems to work pretty well until you run out of gas while you are cooking and can't just drive to the gas station to buy another, but get it delivered a day or 2 later. The kitchen did not come with a oven, but I went and bought one from fortress the other day Tefal UNO XL, which almost looks like a regular oven, you wouldn't be able to roast a turkey in it but definitely a large chicken. The rest of my kitchen starting to get sorted out, I don't have plates yet which are quite useful... I have had to eat everything out of a bowl so far.

Enough about my kitchen, so I was planning on making some Mexican food for Cinco de mayo, but spent the day with a slightly sore head, then decided to go to the RHKYC pool for the day then to the Football club for dinner hence the belated Cinco de mayo dinner the day after, and the recipe finally put up a week after.

Steak Tacos with Corn Salsa

Servings per recipe - 2
Nutritional Information - Amount per serving:

Corn Salsa
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Cobs of corn
Handful of cheery tomatoes
1 Chili
2 Shallots
Juice of 1 lime

1. Cut corn off cob, fry in pan for 3-4 minutes until slightly browned
2. In bowl mix minced shallots, chopped cheery tomatoes, corn, minced chili, chopped cilantro and juice of one lime.
tomatoes, corn, lime and cilantro for salsa

Corn Tortillas 
1 cup Masa
3/4 cup Water
Pinch of salt

1. In bowl mix Masa with salt, pour in water a little at at time and mix with fingers until it forms a dough.

2. Form 4cm balls.

3. Cover inside of tortilla press with layer of plastic and squish ball in between. If you don't have a tortilla press you can use rolling pin or squish under pie plate.

4. Heat skillet at low heat, and cook tortilla for around 3 minutes each side.

5. Wrap in tea towel to keep warm before serving.
pressing corn tortilla in press

Steak filling
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 sirloin steak
1 Tablespoon Cumin seeds
Freshly ground Salt & Pepper
Romano cheese
1 red chilli pepper
1 green chilli pepper

1. Roast cumin seeds in oven for 2-3 minutes until fragrant, put grind mortar and pestle until they are texture of rough powder.
2. Finally slice pepper and steak, toss in cumin, salt and pepper.
3. Heat oil in pan, fry steak in peppers for 3-4 minutes, grate in Romano cheese, remove from heat.
4. Serve with fresh corn salsa, avocado and a drizzle of fresh lime juice.
Enjoy xx

1 Avocado
1 Lime, cut in wedges

cooking steak and chilli filling


  1. Hi may I know if your oven turned out ok? I'm planning to buy the same brand.

    1. Yes, the oven works great! Also its a large size compared to most mini/toaster ovens.