It was 6 pm when we got home. I went straight to the kitchen, and got to work. Nope. No time to change my clothing. Just took off my shoes. 1 hour cooking – 4 dishes. Ready by 7 pm. Simple home cooked dinner – 2 cups of basmati rice, stir fry chicken with chinese cabbage, stir fry dried chili with chicken and broccoli and stir fry leftover beef with fresh lemon thyme in thick caramalise sauce.
First task – make the rice.
2 cups basmati rice. Rinse a few times. Cook in low heat for 20 minutes.
Second task. Prepare all the ingredients.
1. Chop 1 garlic bulb.
2. Chop 1 thumb size ginger.
3. Chop some spring onion (green section).
4. Chop 1 small red onion.
5. Chop a small bunch of lemon thyme.
6. Cut broccoli into bite pieces.
7. Cut half a Chinese cabbage into bite pieces.
8. Cut 1/2 kilo of chicken thigh fillet into bite pieces.
9. Slice leftover beef into thin slices.
Set all the ingredients aside.
Third task. Cook the beef.
First add some oil in a hot wok. Toss in fresh lemon thyme. Give it a quick stir fry. Add beef slices. Add 2 tablespoon thick caramalise sauce. Toss quickly a few times. Add onions. Add lots of cracked black pepper, some sea salt and sugar.
Fourth task. Cook the dried chili chicken stir fry.
Heat some oil in a hot wok. Toss in half the chopped garlic and 10 dried chilies. You can smell the strong, pungent aroma flavour of the dried chili. Don’t get too close or you will feel a tingling sensation in your nostrils, and probably start sneezing! Add half the chopped chicken. Stir fry until chicken is cooked. Add 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce and 2 tablespoons fish sauce. Then add broccoli. Continue to stir fry until broccoli is almost cook, and still a bit crunchy. This dish is a bit spicy, salty and a bit pungent in flavour.
Fifth and final task. Cook the chicken stir fry with Chinese cabbage.
A simple chinese stir fry. Heat some oil in a hot wok. Toss in chopped garlic and ginger. A quick stir fry until fragrant. Add chicken. Stir fry until cooked. Add 1 tablespoon light soy sauce, 2 tablespoons oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine, 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Add Chinese cabbage. Toss and mix cabbage with the chicken. Add some water or chicken stock if necessary. Sprinkle some salt and sugar to taste. Add some chopped spring onion.
There you have it.
60 minutes 4 dishes enough to feed a family of four. Bon appetite.