Friday, March 5, 2010

when i'm busy...

or lazy, i try to cook simple dishes...

meat & vege in 1 dish... very easy!

marinade the meat:
just slice the meat against the grain and marinade in:
organic soy sauce
organic cane sugar
organic sesame oil
vegetarian mushroom sauce
got to use organic cause my kiddos will be eating the same dish... 1 dish for the whole family!

then clean the vege
slice some shallots and garlic
fry some shallots for garnishing - put aside

stirfrying the meat:
stirfry shallots and garlic in oil till fragrant
stir in the meat and stirfry for awhile
add water and cover till cook
add seasoning like a little dash of soy sauce, a little sugar and a little mushroom sauce. i didn't add salt cause kids are having the same dish.
when meat cooks and sauce thickens, the meat is ready!

variations for vege:
method 1 - after removing the meat from the wok, do not wash the wok. add a little oil and garlic, and stir in the vege. use your spatula to swirl the vege around the wok. that way the vege will be more tasty (coating the sauce leftover by the meat) while cleaning up your wok as well :-D. add a little water and cover until vege soften to your preference. put at the base of the plate and scoop your meat and sauce on top of the vege. garnish with fried shallots.
recommended vege for this method: cabbage, spinach, kailan, choy tam

method 2 - blanch the vege and arrange at the base of the plate. try to drip off as much water as possible. scoop meat and sauce over the vege, which will absorb the sauce and becomes very yummy. garnish with fried shallots
works well for broccoli, taugeh, kailan, siu pak choy, choy sum, kang kung

method 3, the easy method - when the meat has changed colour while being stirfried in the wok, throw in the vege. stir, cover the wok and let it simmer with the meat till done. season and when sauce thickens, serve!
good with sliced carrots, french beans, long beans, broccoli, snow peas, chives (picture below: i think it's called chives)

method 4, the laziest method - arrange raw vege on the base of the plate and scoop both meat and sauce on top. garnish with fried shallots. yummy!
unfortunately this method works only for salad leaves and sliced cucumber (no picture).


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smallkucing said...

indeed very useful recipe kakaka...i am very lazy one :p

nizaa said...

so yummey....i always love to see what u cooked...:P

reanaclaire said...

with small kids, we only need to cook one favorite dish that they love.. :)

Mommy to Chumsy said...

wow when you are busy or lazy, you still whip up something so delicious looking. for me...i would tapau..hahahahaha

Serene said...

If i were busy, I will just "ta pau" from outside. Your kids are lucky to have you.. =) Organic is indeed a healthier choice for the family.

Cynthia said...

all 4 ways are consider the best to enjoy with veg.. nice nice.. :D

Mummy Gwen said...

Wow..your one dish meals are so presentable. I sometimes cook like this too but not as presentable as yours...haha.

LittleLamb said...

when i'm busy...i eat out
at least u still cook. i dont know where to find the 25th hour la...

BoeyJoey said...

smallkucing: keekeke :-)

nizaa: can try with beef or chicken too.

reanaclaire: haha... ya, but must be favourite one :-)

Mommy to Chumsy, Serene, Little Lamb: Hubby and I are eating out everyday and every meal of the week except Sunday... we still prefer simple meals like this compared to outside food :-).

Cynthia: Yes, simple and yummy :-)

Mummy Gwen: When eaten, all ended up in the tummy... same same :-)

Mommy Ling said...

Yummy..yummy. Yea, i got new learning methods from you.

coffeesncookies said...

yat wok sook ! i likee...

ChloeRuoyi said...

I cook similar dishes as you too, cos simple and healthy ma ;-) but I'm not as rajin as you... sometimes not busy also lazy to cook *guilty*


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