Spanish Paella is festive. The word Paella itself means the huge shallow pan used in making the rice. The dish Paella is designed for sharing so it is a perfect dish to treat your guests.
There are numerous ways to make Paella. The version we have this time uses ingredients easily been found in Hong Kong and we also make this in a relatively simple manner.
西班牙海鮮飯 Spanish Paella
The colorful Paella just reminds us of joyful memory in Spain, like performers in the street of Madrid who made people laugh, fancy and spectacular architecture in Barcelona and good time spent in having tapas and sangria… Sorry for being off topic
Before eating, squeezing some lemon juice on top is a must. The lively flavour is just beyond compare!
This is what we meant by “Performer in the street of Madrid who made people laugh”. Brilliant isn’t it?
The tradition of having free tapas upon buying a drink is also amazing. Really good memory in Spain. Ok too much off-topic. Let’s go back to our kitchen.
Ingredients include 200g of rice. We used Italian rice which has similar texture as Spanish rice. It’s fine as long as you’re not using Jasmine Rice/ Pearl Rice
Then some seafood you like. We chose tiger prawns, mussels and small scallops
And some sausages, onion, lemon, garlic, red pepper powder, tomato paste and white wine
Take out the prawn heads. Sear on medium heat
A half an onion (diced). Continue searing
When onion is softened, add 100ml of white wine
Then pour 1L of water in and boil it
During this time we can boil the mussels. We won’t be putting them in oven in later step. When it’s cooked now we will place it on top of the rice directly during plating
Continue to boil the soup on low heat for around 30 min to condense it into 300ml
Take of the scum
Sauteed the diced sausage.
Add 0.5 tbsp of tomato paste and 1 tbsp of red pepper powder and when it becomes aromatic, add 200g of rice
Add the soup we have just prepared. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer on low heat until the soup turns drier and thick
Put seafood (except mussels) on top
Preheat the oven to 180°C, bake it 25mins and then plate it. Done!
This is another version we made for eating alone. A not-recommended way of making Paella as it is meant to be a dish to share with our loved ones hahaha
The soup next to the Paella is pumpkin soup which is delicious and easy to make. Recommended
We also like making Spaghetti Bolognese at home!