Mains (Asian)

Stir fry egg with garlic chive

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Egg and garlic chive

Egg and garlic chive is a common home meal in Southern China. It is easy to cook (10 minutes), nutritious, and comforting.

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Bonito fish with chili bean paste and white wine

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I picked up some cheap Bonito fish today. Cooking such a firm, meaty and bland fish is challenging for Chinese cooking. It does not the right texture for steaming, and it can be easily over-cooked.

Bonito with chili bean sauce and white wine.

So I pan fried it as cutlets with chili bean sauce. It was easy:

  1. Add oil in a non stick pan, add the fish cutlets, sear on both side.
  2. Brush some chili bean sauce on both side, add a little white wine, a little sugar, and close the lid to simmer the fish until just cooked.
  3. A squeeze of lemon or lime juice just before serving.

Quite a few fish bones, and requires good chopstick skills to pick out the bones. Otherwise it tasted great.

Meals for homeless – saute mushroom with bacon, onion, capsicum and green shallot

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Mama K has been cooking for the feed, and frequently carries the burden of making sure enough food for all the patrons. Last week, we had one of those crisis and I was asked to help out by cooking extra food. Mama K collected some rescued vegetables for me, including some lovely button mushrooms, which I used for a simple meal that they all loved and devoured.

Meals for homeless - saute mushroom with onion, capsicum and bacon

The meal was easy to prepare:

  • Trim off the stalks of the mushrooms, dice the stalks
  • Dice some bacon, capsicum, carrot and onion
  • Pan fried the above briefly in a wok with some butter and olive oil, then add the mushrooms, pan fried until the mushrooms were just cooked
  • Finally add some sliced green shallot (scallion) and black pepper

The meal was tasty.

Meal for homeless – poached chicken with oyster sauce (FODMAP friendly)

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Meal for homeless - slow poached chicken with oyster sauce and green shallot (FODMAP friendly)

A simplest meal with whole chicken(s) and a few other ingredients –  oyster sauce, sesame oil, ginger, shallot and corn flour.  For a FODMAP friendly recipe, use only green part of the shallot.

Here are the simple steps…

Bacon and cucumber stir fry (gluten free, FODMAP friendly)

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I had a few cucumbers in the fridge and some bacon in the freezer. I sliced the cucumbers, defrosted the bacon and sliced them up. In a frying pan I drizzled a little oil and added the bacon pieces. I pan fried the bacon until nearly crispy, then added the cucumbers. A few stirs, added a little sugar and white pepper. There we have a big bowl of tasty veggie and yummy bacon for dinner.

Beef with Asian dipping sauce (FODMAP friendly, gluten free)

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Beef with Asian dipping sauce (FODMAP friendly, gluten free)

A few friends dropped by unexpectedly this afternoon.  I grilled a piece of rump steak and served it with an Asian dipping sauce – it was lovely with a bottle of wine. Here is how I cooked it…

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Meals for the homeless – grilled chicken with Korean pepper flakes and Indian garlic ginger paste

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Simple, delicious and budget – 4 kilo of chicken fillets for our homeless friends. Have a great weekend everyone.

Grilled chicken fillet with Korean pepper flakes and Indian garlic and ginger paste

Easy steps as follows:

  • Dice the chicken drumstick or thigh fillet
  • Saute the chicken with generous amount of  cooking oil, Korean pepper flakes, Indian garlic and ginger paste, a dash of fish sauce, a little sugar
  • Once cooked, transfer to a plate, discard any liquid / sauce
  • Briefly grill the chicken pieces on a hot griddle,  splash a dash of dark soy sauce and toss slightly
  • Serve hot or chilled