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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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              Last Updated on September 16, 2019

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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