Everyone during this stay at home period has shared their boredom. Although it is a privilege to stay at home, the fact of eating the same thing over and over again can really make someone fed up. Here’s a list of easy dishes to make without breaking a sweat.
Egg Foo Young (Fried Chinese Omelete)
Have you ever wondered why do the omelette at some Chinese restaurants taste different than yours? Well, perhaps it is because of this. All you need is some eggs and a bitter gourd. Bitter gourd is a great ingredient as it consists of an element that can help lower the heat in the body. Feel free to add in some Chinese sausages (lap cheong) or some shrimps to add more taste.
What you need to do:
- Crack the eggs in a bowl and season the eggs with some salt and pepper.
- Beat the eggs until it bubbles.
- Slice the bitter gourd thinly.
- Stir fry the bitter gourd till it softens then add in the egg mixture.
- Turn the heat down to allow the bitter gourd to soak in the egg mixture.
- When the egg turns golden brown, serve the dish on a flat plate.
*Marinate the sliced bitter gourd with salt first before cooking it. This process can reduce the bitterness of the bitter gourd.
Stir fry Broccoli
For those who don’t fancy eating any leafy type of veggies, this dish might be the one for you. All you need is two broccoli, two cloves of garlic and oyster sauce.
Here’s how to make it:
- Before cooking, cut the broccoli into small pieces, so that it will not take up a lot of your time.
- Chop some garlic for its fragrance and taste.
- Stir fry the garlic till it turns golden brown.
- Put in the broccoli and mix it well with the fried garlic.
- Pour in the oyster sauce and stir it well with the broccoli.
- Add some water and cover the pan to simmer for five minutes.
- Serve the dish on a plate.
Steam white tofu
Another staple dish to have if you’re having mix rice or simply a dish.
Ingredients you need:
- 1 packet of white tofu.
- 2 stalks of spring onions.
- light soy sauce.
You can still execute this dish even with limited kitchen appliances.
To make this dish, you would have to:
- Cut the edges of the tofu packaging to avoid the tofu from breaking apart.
- Put the tofu in a bowl.
- Chop some spring onions and sprinkle it on the white tofu.
- Pour a good amount of light soy sauce over the tofu.
- Steam the tofu either in a rice cooker or in a steaming wok for ten minutes.
- Serve it while it’s still steaming hot.
Steam Fish with Ginger
A mandatory dish to have when you’re at any Chinese restaurants. Who knew you can actually execute this dish like a pro at home.
What you need:
- 1 fish (whole)
- 1 ginger (finely sliced)
- 3 tomatoes
- 3 stalks of spring onions/ Chinese parsley
- Sesame oil
All you need to do:
- Wash the fish clean and remove its intestines.
- Rub some salt on the fish and put the ginger slices on the fish by placing it all on a steaming plate.
- Put the tomatoes in and pour some sesame oil over the fish.
- Put the fish to steam and sprinkle some spring onions or Chinese parsley when the fish is cooked.
* To those who love it spicy, can cut some cili padi and steam it along with the fish.
Sometimes what it takes for food to taste good is when it is prepared with love and passion. Also, when it is enjoyed with the people you love. Take these few weeks to make your daily intake of food a sacred thing. Plus you get to up your cooking skills.
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