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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 January 17, 2019

              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

              In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

              Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

              Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

              Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

              Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

              The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

              There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

              How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

              According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

              Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

              Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

              The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

              Listen carefully:

              We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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              The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

              Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

              8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

              There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

              Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

              1. Pray Daily

              You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

              When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

              Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

              Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

              2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

              A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

              By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

              Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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              If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

              This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

              How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

              3. Smile Often

              Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

              Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

              Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

              The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

              4. Organize Your Working Desk

              A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

              When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

              Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

              Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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              5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

              I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

              Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

              What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

              6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

              God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

              I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

              I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

              7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

              You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

              How do you do that? This is my formula:

              First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

              If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

              If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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              If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

              Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

              8. Go Exercise

              Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

              The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

              You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

              12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

              The Bottom Line

              It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

              It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

              Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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              Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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