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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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              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

              Boundaries are limits

              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
              • When do you feel disrespected?
              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
              • When do you want to be alone?
              • How much space do you need?

              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

              Sample language:

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              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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              Final Thoughts

              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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