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NO MORE TAKEAWAY! 6 Easy Chinese Food Recipes You Shouldn’t Miss!

NO MORE TAKEAWAY! 6 Easy Chinese Food Recipes You Shouldn’t Miss!

How can we ever resist the exotic blend of herbs and spices that bring about the different burst of flavors we get from takeout Chinese food? Although takeaways are extremely tasty and super convenient when we need a quick fix, Chinese food can be laden with too much salt.

Why not try out these 6 easy Chinese food recipes that we have picked out for you? They will definitely have your friends stunned and impressed by how delicious the dishes are! Besides, it is much cheaper and healthier to cook at home.

This Chinese-style steamed fish is nearly impossible to overcook, and the sauce is incredibly easy to make.

    1. Simple Steamed Fish 

    Sounds simple enough? Yes, it is, but you mustn’t underestimate the exquisite taste of steamed fish in the oriental style. It’s almost similar to the Mediterranean style; however, this dish is more savory than sour.

    Ingredients:

    1 Whole White Fish
    1 Bunch of Green Onions
    Fresh Cilantro
    1 Large Piece of Ginger
    3 tbsp of Canola Oil
    1/4 cup of superior soya sauce
    1 tbsp of cane sugar

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    Method:

    1. Prepare and clean fish thoroughly, leaving the head, fin, and tail on.
    2. Cut ginger and green onions into large pieces. Slice remaining into thin matchstick slices.
    3. Arrange 3-5 larger green onion and ginger pieces onto a steaming plate. Place the fish on top. Place green onion and ginger pieces into the belly
    4. Steam the fish for 15-18 minutes (or until done).
    5. Sauté the oil, soya sauce, and sugar. Cook and infuse the flavors for 1-2 minutes.
    6. Remove the steamed fish and place onto a serving platter. Arrange the remaining garnish on top.
    7. Pour the hot oil/sauce mixture directly over the garnish and fish. Serve the fish whole.

    Authentic Japanese chicken teriyaki.

      2. Chicken Teriyaki

      With a nice tangy glaze over the chicken, this dish is perfect for a simple Chinese dinner.

      Ingredients:

      2 tbsp of mirin
      2 tbsp of soya sauce
      2 tbsp of sake
      1 tbsp of sugar
      1 tsp of finely grated ginger
      2 chicken thighs (boneless)
      1 tbps of cooking oil

      Method:

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      1. In a small bowl, mix mirin, soya sauce, sake, and sugar.
      2. Heat oil in a skillet.
      3. Lay the chicken in the skillet (skin side down) for 6-7 minutes, or until brown. Flip over to cook for 2-3 minutes.
      4. Turn heat off and remove chicken. Remove oil by patting paper towel to soak oil.
      5. Heat the soya sauce mixture in skillet and simmer for 3 minutes until it thickens.
      6. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook chicken with sauce for a minute
      7. Remove from heat and let rest for 3 – 5 minutes. Cut and serve with rice and vegetables.

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        3. Dried Prawn Noodles 

        This dish has gained international acclaim for its versatility and (obviously) its taste, which everyone falls in love with almost instantly.

        Ingredients:

        1 handful of dried shrimp
        1 handful of dried shitake mushrooms (about 5, depending on their size)
        1 handful or bunch of dried rice vermicelli (about 100grams)
        1 Chinese tablespoon oyster sauce
        1 Chinese tablespoon mix of light soy and dark soy sauce
        4 – 5 cloves garlic, chopped
        1 handful of Chinese greens, cut into 3 inch pieces
        2 – 3 tablespoons fried shallot oil
        A bit of sesame oil and sugar
        Ground white pepper to taste

        Method:

        1. Soak the shrimps in hot water for 30 minutes.
        2. Soak the mushrooms in hot water for 30 minutes.
        3. Soak the rice vermicelli in room temperature water for 20 minutes.
        4. Drain both the shrimp and mushrooms. Keep the soaking liquid, then add the oyster and soy sauce.
        5. Slice the mushrooms (removing the stems) and marinade them in a bit of soy, sesame oil, and sugar.
        6. Chop garlic.
        7. Heat some shallot oil in a wok, then add the garlic and stir until you can smell the aroma.
        8. Add shrimps and fry, until you can smell the aroma.
        9. Add the mushrooms and fry them all together. Then throw in your drained noodles.
        10. Toss and add the reserved liquid. Keep frying and tossing, for about 5 minutes.
        11. Add the greens and fry again for about 1 minute. Turn off the heat, and add a bit of extra sesame oil (or finely ground white pepper, if you like).

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          4. Quick Chicken and Vegetables Stir Fry

          Ingredients:

          Chicken Tenders
          1 egg
          cornstarch
          cabbage
          1 chopped onion
          red peppers
          string beans
          1 tbsp vegetable cooking oil
          1 tbsp soya bean chili paste
          1 tsp Grated ginger
          1 chopped clove garlic
          1 tsp black pepper
          1 tbsp sherry cooking wine
          1 tbsp sesame oil

          Method:

          1. Marinade chicken tenders with 2 tbsp of egg white and 2 tbsp of cornstarch.
          2. Heat oil in skillet.
          3. Cook garlic and ginger until you can smell the aroma.
          4. Cook chicken tenders for 2-3 minutes.
          5. Stir in red peppers, string beans, onions.
          6. Add in soya bean chilli paste.
          7. Add in black pepper, sherry cooking wine, and sesame oil.
          8. Sir fry for 1 minute and serve.

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            5. Chinese Fried Rice

            Ingredients:

            3/4 cup finely chopped onion
            2 1/2 tablespoons oil
            1 egg, lightly beaten (or more eggs if you like)
            3 drops soy sauce
            3 drops sesame oil
            8 ounces cooked lean boneless pork or 8 ounces chicken, chopped
            1/2cup finely chopped carrot (very small)
            1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
            4 cups cold cooked rice, grains separated (preferably medium grain)
            4 green onions, chopped
            2 cups bean sprouts
            2 tablespoons light soy sauce (add more if you like)

            Method:

            1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok and add chopped onions. Stir-fry until onions turn a nice brown color (about 8-10 minutes). Remove from wok.
            2. Allow wok to cool slightly.
            3. Mix egg with 3 drops of soy and 3 drops of sesame oil. Set aside.
            4. Add 1/2 tbsp oil to wok, swirling to coat surfaces. Add egg mixture. Working quickly, swirl egg until egg sets against wok. When egg puffs, flip egg and cook other side briefly. Remove from wok, and chop egg into small pieces.
            5. Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok, then add selected meat to wok, along with carrots, peas, and cooked onion. Stir-fry for 2 minutes.
            6. Add rice, green onions, and bean sprouts, tossing to mix well. Stir-fry for 3 minutes.
            7. Add 2 tbsp of light soy sauce and chopped egg to rice mixture and fold in. Stir-fry for 1 minute more. Serve.
            8. Set out additional soy sauce on the table, if desired.

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              6. Stir Fried Beef With Oyster Sauce

              Ingredients:

              450g lean beef steak
              1 tbsp light soy sauce
              2 tsp sesame oil
              1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry Sherry
              2 tsp cornflour
              3 tbsp groundnut oil
              1 red pepper, cut into chunky dice
              1 green pepper, cut into chunky dice
              3 tbsp oyster sauce
              3 spring onions

              Method:

              1. Cut the beef into slices 5cm long and 5mm thick, cutting against the grain of the meat. Put them in a bowl. Mix in the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine (or Sherry), and cornflour. Leave to marinate for 20 mins.
              2. Heat a wok until it is very hot, then add the groundnut oil. When it is slightly smoking, add the beef slices and stir-fry for 5 mins or until lightly browned. Remove the meat from the wok and drain well in a colander set inside a bowl. Discard the drained oil.
              3. Wipe the wok clean and reheat it over a high heat. Add the peppers, and cook for 3-4 mins (or until softened). Add the oyster sauce and bring it to a simmer. Return the drained beef slices to the wok and toss them thoroughly with the oyster sauce. Turn the mixture on to a serving platter, top with the spring onions and serve immediately.

              Featured photo credit: Chinese Food via newcastlediggers.com.au

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              8 Things to Watch for If You’re Considering Being Vegetarian

              Vegetarianism has been around for a long time, finding favor with many people, including Pythagoras clear back around 580 B.C. It’s been presented as one of the most healthy diets around, including being touted by the Egyptians to the point of abstaining from meat and animal clothing due to karmic beliefs. The vegetarian society (vegsoc.org) defines vegetarianism as:

              “Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter.”

              While it’s pretty obvious that there are multiple benefits to following a vegetarian diet, it’s always good to be informed about the cons of this dietary choice as well.

              Outlined below are several things you might want to be aware of before you say good-bye to meat forever. Whether you are a current vegetarian, or contemplating making a shift, keep in mind these 8 things to keep yourself healthy.

              1. You could suffer from B12 vitamin deficiency

              The B vitamins are especially important for stress management, adrenal health, and brain function. Vegetarians in particularly are at risk for B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is attached to the protein in animal products and without enough B12 you can suffer from depression, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.

              Due to its attachment to animal proteins, B12 is the hardest for vegetarians to obtain when they don’t eat dairy or eggs in their diet. This essential little vitamin can be found in some algae and has been added to some yeast, but research doesn’t currently provide enough information to say whether or not these forms of B12 are of good quality and can provide adequate supplementation.

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              The body is unable to make this vitamin, meaning it has to be taken in through food or supplementation. Essential for making red blood cells, DNA, nerves and various other function in the body, a Harvard Health Medical report in January of 2013 found symptoms of a B12 deficiency can present in sneaky ways including depression, paranoia, delusion, and loss of taste and smell.

              2.  You could suffer from higher states of anxiety/depression, lower sense of well-being

              According to a CBS Atlanta report, vegetarians suffered from a higher rate of anxiety and depression than their counterparts. Read the full report here. Depression and/or anxiety can be a result of many possible deficiencies including essential vitamins and amino acids you can find only in meat products, including Omega-3s from wild caught salmon.

              Without the correct supplementation and proper understanding of diet, including the importance of micro and macro nutrients, depression and anxiety can become a serious problem, bringing down the overall health and well-being of vegetarians.

              Even though reports on health and lifestyle show vegetarians have a lower BMI and lower consumption of alcohol and drugs, it also shows they suffer from more chronic illnesses and more visits to the doctor than their meat eating counterparts.

              3. You could suffer from excess weight

              When you go vegetarian it opens up a lot of food, but just because there isn’t any meat in front of you, it doesn’t mean it’s necessary healthy. Though pizza and beer technically fall under the vegetarian diet, it’s not a healthy choice for your waist line.

              Just because being a vegetarian is associated with a healthier lifestyle in many cases, doesn’t mean it’s always true. Making bread and pasta your staples and not understanding where your protein sources should be coming from, can pack on body fat, which increases your chances of health issues such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.

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              If the choice to go vegetarian happens on a whim without the proper understanding of food control, portion, and nutritionally dense alternatives you can find yourself reaching for vegetarian foods, which could cause serious problems down the road. Nuts are a good example, but just because something is touted as healthy, it doesn’t mean, your should eat it in excess.

              Eating too many calories in fat will still cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in carbs will cause you to gain weight. Eating too many calories in protein will cause you to gain weight. See a pattern here? Not to mention you’ll miss out on important nutrients the body needs by over-eating in one area and under-eating in another. Re-read number 2.

              4. You could have a higher risk of heart disease

              Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables should be a goal we all strive for, but when you cut out meat, you also cut out what is known as complete protein, which you find in animal by-products. Complete means more than just the essential amino acids, it means those amino acids contain dietary sulfur. Without enough dietary sulfur, which is found almost exclusively in fish and pasture feed grass beef, the body will struggle with the biological activities of both protein and enzymes.

              The effects cascade downward, effecting bones, joints, tissues, and even metabolic issues. In short, a low intake of sulfur associated with a vegetarian diet can result in high blood levels of homocysteine, which may lead to blood clots in your arteries, blood clots raise your risk of stroke and heart attack. To read the full report click here.

              5. You could suffer from low cholesterol

              I know, at first you’re thinking, wait, low cholesterol is a good thing. Yes, it is, when it’s LDL cholesterol, which you get from eating an unhealthy diet, but low HDL (good cholesterol) can cause serious health issues. HDL, according to the mayo clinic, is in every cell in our body and can help fend off heart disease, not enough of it though, and too much LDL can go the other way, will be building up plaque in the arteries and leading to heart disease.

              Cholesterol, the good kind, is actually vitally important to the making of every steroid hormone in the body! There are six, and without cholesterol the body is unable to convert hormones, and it can cause damage in the endocrine system.

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              A vegetarian without a balanced diet, meaning enough protein, enough veggies, and enough good fats, could disrupt his or her adrenals, which are directly connected to the endocrine system and the body’s ability to make and synthesize the hormones your body needs. The six major hormones in the body help do everything from metabolizing carbohydrates, to the electrolyte balance, to making sure if you’re a woman you can carry a healthy baby through pregnancy.

              6. You could suffer from lower bone density and osteoporosis.

              Osteoporosis, the disease where the bones get thinner, weaker, and fractures become a high risk with day to day movements. It’s often associated with the older generation, but your risk for osteoporosis increases with a lower bone density. Bone density can be directly related to diet and lifestyle, along with many other factors.

              When it comes to eating a vegetarian diet it’s possible to miss getting enough of the right nutrients, causing the bones to begin to break down. If your vegetarian diet isn’t balanced and providing you with the correct nutrients and the means to absorb the correct nutrients, your body could begin to break down.

              Recently, Professor Tuan Nguyen of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research led a review of both Australian and Vietnamese research around the bone density of vegetarian versus their meat eating counterparts. Helping Professor Nguyen was Dr. Ho-Pham Thuc Lan from Pham Ngoc Thac University of Medicine in Vietnam. The review was designed to sort though years of research surrounded by discrepancies and inadequate clinical data.

              At the end of the review, with vegetarianism rising to around 5% of the populace in the western continents, and with wide spread osteoporosis reports – 2 million in Australia and closer to 54 million in America – the decrease in bone density of vegetarians is a serious issue which needs to be addressed, if you’ve cut meat and animal by-products out of your life.

              7. You could be at a higher risk for colorectal cancer

              Cancer seems to be running rampant through America, and it’s within everyone’s best interest to do all they can to keep their body healthy and happy to prevent cancer from finding a place to grow. In most studies it’s been found vegetarians are at lower risk for cancer, but a European Oxford study with over 63 thousand men and women in the United Kingdom found the risk for colorectal cancer higher in vegetarians than in meat-eaters.

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              Extra care needs to be taken when establishing a diet to ensure the body is receiving and able to up take all the important nutritional benefits and requirements from food.

              8. You could end up eating more processed food

              Depending on how deep you choose to go as a vegetarian, it could create the need to substitute a lot of food and recipe ingredients in your diet, but what happens when you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy and your recipe calls for meat, eggs, and/or dairy? You have to end up using a “healthy” vegetarian alternative which include stabilizers, thickeners, and various other ingredients you can’t pronounce.

              Lauren from Empowered Substance puts it into a great perspective with her comparison of Earth Balance, a vegetarian approved butter replacement compared to butter. She points out the ingredients in Earth Balance consist of: Palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil, flax oil, olive oil, salt, natural flavor, pea protein, sunflower lecithin, lactic acid, annatto color. Meanwhile, the ingredient list in butter, is much shorter. It’s butter.

              That’s only one example. To appeal to the vegetarian lifestyle food manufacturers have found alternatives which fall under vegetarian, but aren’t necessarily healthy for you. Consider baked goods, which though vegetarian can be filled with more sugars and binders than regular baked goods with diary products. It’s the same with vegetarian items like mac and cheese, without using real cheese you may just be getting oil and thickeners, without even the smallest amount of nutritional value.

              The reality is, most vegetarian substitutes contain the same junky alternatives which even meat eaters should be avoiding to remain happy and healthy.

              On one final note, whichever lifestyle you choose to work with, remember anything in excess – including protein and animal by products – isn’t healthy for the body. It takes a wide spectrum of food and nutrients to keep the beautiful body you travel around in all day running in prime condition.

               

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