Sang Choy Bow / Asian Lettuce Cups

Let me start this by saying that in noway is this a traditional recipe, however it is delicious! Also, I am unsure if the correct term is Sang Choy Bow OR San Choy Bow – so any clarification in the comments would be great!

This is a great low fat, family friendly recipe that is fast to prepare – which is a must! It is also a great way to incorporate lots of vegetables into a dish which can be great if you have fussy children. What I like best about this recipe is that you can throw in pretty much any vegetable you have in the fridge and it will work.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs peanut oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 large brown onion – halved and sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 500g premium beef mince – you can use any type of mince you choose
  • 1 tbs Chinese five spice
  • 2 cups of long grain rice
  • 2 carrots – diced
  • 1 bok coy cut into 2cm slices
  • 6 mushrooms – sliced
  • 1.5L warm/hot chicken stock
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • Crunchy noodles – I used Changs
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 fresh iceberg lettuce

Method

  1. Heat peanut oil and sesame oil in a hot pan over medium heat, add onion and garlic and fry until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add mince, Chinese five spice, fry until browned and use the back of the spoon to break up the mince.
  3. Add rice and fry for 1-2 minutes until coated. Add carrot, bok voy, mushrooms, dried chilli flakes soy sauce, hoisin sauce and oyster sauce and stir to combine. Top with stock, bring to the boil, reduce to simmer and cover for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, seperate the large outer leaves from the lettuce to make ‘lettuce cups’.
  5. Uncover the mince and rice mixture and leave to cook until all liquid has be adsorbed – this is crucial or your lettuce will fill with liquid and squirt all over you which isn’t fun at all.
  6. Once all the liquid has been adsorbed spoon the mixture into your lettuce cups, top with crunchy noodles, fresh coriander and serve!

Enjoy!

15 Minute Monday – Stir Fry Beef and Soba Noodles

Image: Australian Good Taste - August 2006, Page 63. Photography by William Meppem.

Image: Australian Good Taste – August 2006, Page 63. Photography by William Meppem.

Mondays are always busy – whether it’s work or kids everyone always seems to be flat off their feet and the last thing you want to worry about it cooking something healthy and tasty for dinner. Never fear – I will come to the rescue every Monday morning with a tasty, healthy and FAST meal solution the whole family will love.

My first edition of 15 Minute Monday is a staple recipe in our house of stir fry beef, vegetables and soba noodles. For those of you unfamiliar with soba noodles, soba is the Japanese term for buckwheat and simply refer to a thin buckwheat flour noodle. This colourful recipe is packed with healthy veggies and the soba noodles are a great alternative to white wheat noodles and are high in antioxidants, contain all eight essential amino acids and lysine which is lacking in white wheat products.

Ingredients

  • 1 large brown onion – sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves – minced
  • 200g of beef rump – cut into strips
  • 1 carrot – cut into matchsticks
  • 1 bunch of broccolini or broccoli – cut into florets
  • 1 tin of baby corn spears – sliced diagonally
  • 1 bok choy – sliced into 2cm pices
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs oyster sauce
  • 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs peanut oil
  • 90g organic dried soba noodles
  • Fresh coriander leaves to serve

Method

  1. Add 1 tbs of peanut oil to a hot pan, over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic, cook until tender.
  3. Add the beef and cook to brown.
  4. Add all vegetables and sauces, simmer on a high heat until sauce reduces and thickens.
  5. Meanwhile, cook noodles as per packet instructions.
  6. Toss the noodles through the beef and vegetables.
  7. Top with fresh coriander leaves and serve!

Enjoy!

Sweet Potato, Carrot, Leek and Pumpkin Soup

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With the morning hovering below zero in Young it has been hard to drag myself out of bed of a morning and when I manage to I am normally greeted by my over enthusiastic dog, coffee and peanut butter toast. While going through the usual morning procrastination about get out of my dressing gown, brushing my hair and plying my face with make-up the other morning. I decided it was simply imperative that I make a soup to greet me when I came home for lunch; and, boy am I glad I did.

Arriving home, the smell of delicious soup filled the air. I hurried over to my slow cooker, lifted the lid and knew I was in some kind of soup heaven. So, in summary I suggest that you make this soup for lunch or dinner. You can have everything in the slow cooker and ready to go in under five minutes – yes, I know, it’s crazy quick to prepare. And, if you leave it long enough everything will have collapsed so much that you don’t even need to blend it.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato or yam for our friends from the U S of A
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large brown onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 leek, white part only
  • 1 cup of dried yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 1/2 a butternut pumpkin – I use butternuts as I find them to have a creamier more subtle flavour but feel free to use whichever variety you have on hand.
  • 2L chicken or vegetable stock – if you use the vegetable you’ll have a lovely vegan soup
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 tsp of mixed dried italian herbs
  • 2 tsp of dried ground oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Peel the pumpkin and sweet potato.
  2. Cut all vegetables and split peas into chunks and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add all spices and stock.
  4. Place slow cooker on HIGH if you would like the soup ready in around 3-4 hours or on LOW if you would like it ready in 5-6 hours or more.
  5. Cover and let cook!
  6. Uncover – remove rosemary stalks and bay leaves. Taste and add any additional seasoning needed.
  7. If you would like the soup to be free of chunks use a stick blender or blender to blend until smooth in batches.
  8. Serve in a bowl as is or with sour cream.

Tip: if you’d like to give this soup a twist add in a tin of Coconut Milk at the end, stir through and top with coriander leaves.

Enjoy!

Asian Glazed Pork Chops

This meal is so easy to prepare and even easier to eat. While it does take some time to cook, preparation is a breeze. It is perfect for a midweek meal to set and forget while you clean, work, look after kids or relax in the bath as I did. It is so tasty that you could serve it at a dinner party, with all the components placed on the table for guests to serve themselves and I am sure the recipe won’t stay a secret for long!

Ingredients

Pork

  • 700g pork – you can use chops, belly, strips etc. I used chops but it is entirely your choice
  • 1L chicken stock
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced
  • The roots of 1 bunch of coriander
  • 1 long green chilli halved and sliced – don’t worry about this chilli being too hot, the bigger they are the milder they are. If you are concerned about the heat remove the seeds and the white membrane which is the hottest part of the chilli
  • 2 tsp Chinese five spice

Vegetables

  • 1 leek – white part only
  • 2 bok choy or pak choy
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 6 drops sesame oil
  • Brown rice to serve
  • Fresh coriander leaves to serve

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180⁰C.
  2. Place the stock, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, sweet chilli sauce, sesame oil, garlic, coriander roots, green chilli and Chinese five spice in an oven proof dish and mix to combine. Ensure that the honey and sweet chilli sauce are fully dissolved in the sauce.
  3. Score any edged fat on the pork chops in 1.5cm intervals, add to the dish and turn to coat. Place either a lid or al foil over the dish and place in oven to cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, turning half way through cooking.
  4. Remove the pork from the oven, turn, uncover and place in the oven for 10 minutes each side.
  5. Meanwhile, cut the bok choy into 3cm lengths, cut the leek lengthways and finely slice and cut the capsicum into strips.
  6. Add the olive and sesame oil to a pan and heat, add the leek and stir until tender.
  7. Add the bok choy, capsicum, sesame seeds and soy sauce. Cover and allow to steam – you may need to add a dash of water here if the vegetables appear to be sticking.
  8. Remove pork from oven and serve in a bowl with steamed brown rice, vegetables. Top with the juices from the pork and fresh coriander leaves.

Enjoy!

Mulligatawny

Mulligatawny is an Anglo-Indian soup which translates literally from Tamil “Mulligatawny” or “Milagu thanni” to “pepper water”; With “Millagu” meaning pepper and “thanni” meaning water.

This is a rich and delicious soup, full of flavour and the sweetness of the apple is a divine.

Interesting, Dr. Seuss used the term to refer to a fanciful creature in his book If I Ran the Zoo. The young wannabe zookeeper says, “I’ll capture them wild and I’ll capture them scrawny, I’ll capture a scraggle-foot mulligatawny”.

Ingredients

  • 1 brown onion – diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs curry powder – I used Clive of India
  • 1L chicken stock – bought or homemade if you have the time. I recommend Campbells
  • 360g chicken thighs – trimmed and halved
  • 1 granny smith apple peeled and finely grated
  • 2/3 of a cup of red lentils OR a two person serve of 90 second microwave brown rice
  • 270ml can of lite coconut milk or coconut evaporated milk
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • Fresh coriander leaves and cracked black pepper to serve
  • Optional: naan or pappadums to serve

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened and slightly translucent.
  3. Add curry powder and cook until fragrant. This will take around 30 seconds. The point of doing this is to release the flavours from the spices as they toast. Many are activated by heat and not toasting them will result in a dull flavour.
  4. Add the chicken and turn to coat and brown.
  5. Add the stock, bring to the boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken, place in a bowl and shred using a fork.
  7. Return the chicken to the pot and add the apple, lentils/rice and coconut milk.
  8. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are soft.
  9. Add the lemon juice, ladle into bowls and top with coriander leaves and freshly cracked black pepper.

Enjoy!