Are you looking for that great flavour that you find in Chinese recipes, but simply do not know where to start? Or maybe you think it’s too hard or takes too much time. Well, you don’t have to be a professional cook to prepare some great, quick, and easy meals for the whole family. I’ll help you bring home the restaurant flavour with a few quick recipes.
Spicy Beef, Shrimp, and Bok Choy
* 1/4 cup Shao Hsing rice wine
* 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster-flavored sauce
* 2 teaspoons cornstarch
* 4 teaspoons canola oil
* 3/4 pound sirloin steak
* 1/4-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 10 raw shrimp
* 1 pound bok choy
1. Whisk rice wine, oyster sauce and cornstarch into a small bowl until the cornstarch is dissolved.
2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add beef and crushed red pepper. keep cooking, stirring, until the beef begins to brown. That should take about 2 minutes. Add shrimp and continue to cook, stirring, until the shrimp is opaque and pink. Again, this should take about 2 minutes. Transfer the food to a plate.
3. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat in the same pan. Add bok choy and cook, stirring, until it begins to wilt. That should be about 3 minutes. Stir in cornstarch mixture. Return the beef-shrimp mixture (from step 2) to the pan and cook and stir. Keep this up until heat penetrates thoroughly, and sauce has thickened; should take about 1 minute.
Salt and Pepper Prawns
* 1/4 cup lime juice
* 4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
* 4 teaspoons sesame oil
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 6 cups cabbage
* 2 small red or orange bell peppers
* 1/4 cup rice flour
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
* 1 1/3 pounds raw shrimp
* 2 tablespoons canola oil
* 2 jalapeno peppers
1. Whisk lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar into a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage and bell peppers. Stir.
2. Mix rice flour, salt, pepper and five-spice powder in a medium bowl. Add and coat shrimp in the mixture. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook, making sure to stir. Should take 4 minutes, until shrimp are pink. Add jalapenos and cook until the shrimp are cooked through. This should take another minute. Serve in combination with the salad from step 1.
As you can see, Chinese cooking doesn’t have to complicate. Have fun!