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Simple meal for two of bacon fried rice and red spinach soup. This is something that I cooked up last night because bacon was calling my name, and at the same time I wanted to fix something real quick instead of making elaborate dinners.

a complete meal - bacon fried rice and red spinach soup
a complete meal – bacon fried rice and red spinach soup

Total preparation and cooking time is about an hour, but that is because you need more than half that time to boil the chicken bones (for soup) and making rice in the first place. Actual active cooking takes place in less than 20 minutes.

The result is a satisfying meal that has has all your essential dietary needs (I think). There’s meat, egg, vegetable, soup, and rice. As an Asian, that’s all I need. 😀

bacon is the key ingredient here, obviously
bacon is the key ingredient here, obviously

Recipe for two plates of bacon fried rice, ingredients:

  • streaky bacon (150-200 grams), cut them in squares
  •  half a bulb of garlic, chop em up
  • 2 eggs
  • rice for two person (I cooked 1.5 cups)
  • chili padi (optional)
  • 1 table spoon of dark soya sauce
  • 2 stalks of spring onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • minimal cooking oil

open up the rice and crack a couple eggs in there, stir
open up the rice and crack a couple eggs in there, stir

Instructions:

  • heat up a table spoon of cooking oil (you don’t need much since bacon will release more oil)
  • fry bacon, garlic, and chili padi at the same time till bacon is cooked and garlic is fragrant
  • add rice, dark soya sauce, stir
  • after 3-4 minutes, open up the fried rice at center, add half a spoon of oil and crack the two eggs into it
  • let the egg cooked for a bit before stirring it with fried rice for another 3-4 minutes
  • add spring onion, salt & pepper and keep stirring for another minute or two
  • serve while hot

spinach soup is about the simplest soup you can make
the red spinach soup is real simple to prepare

Ingredients and instructions:

  • wash red spinach with plenty of water and pluck off the stems
  • boil 3 bowls of water with chicken bones, wolf berries optional (you might want to pre-boil once to remove impurities, I use chicken bones from chicken chop cut)
  • I boil it while rice is cooking, that took about 45 minutes
  • add red spinach, keep boiling for another 15 minutes (while frying rice)
  • add salt and a bit of pepper and it’s ready to be served

Do check out other recipes if these are thing stuff you like to eat, they are usually pretty simple to prepare. Good eating!

This is one of the fastest soup to prepare that is perfect to clear up sinus problem – the mint and egg soup. Everything can be done in about 10-15 minutes, and makes a perfect companion to another dish, or even to be consumed just by itself.

I’ve always thought that making the mint and egg soup means chucking everything into the pot and just boil away. As it turns out, the process involves a few more steps in between, and here’s how you do it:

the two main ingredients - mint leaves and egg
the two main ingredients – mint leaves and egg

Ingredients (for two as companion dish):

  • a bunch of mint leaves – pluck and use only the leaves
  • 1 egg – lightly beaten
  • ginger – in strips
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • half a chicken cube (or soup stock if you have)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

with some oil, fry ginger, garlic, then the mint leaves
with some oil, fry ginger, garlic, then the mint leaves

Cooking instructions:

  • with a pot, heat up cooking oil then fry ginger as it takes longer to cook
  • a minute or two later, add in garlic
  • when garlic is fragrant, add mint leaves, stir till you can smell the mints, around 1-2 minutes
  • add egg, and cook it to the consistency of soft scrambled egg
  • add 1.5 bowl of water and chicken cube (or soup stock)
  • bring to boil, add salt and pepper  according to taste

make a scramble egg, almost, then add water and chicken cube
make a scramble egg, almost, then add water and chicken cube

So there you go, 2 small bowls of mint and egg soup ready to serve. The frying process, together with the addition of ginger and garlic really brings out the flavor of the soup. The only little tricky part with the mint soup is that mint leaves generally doesn’t last very long in the fridge before turning black and bad. You should always cook it at the lastest 1-2 days after purchasing for best results.

Get cooking! There are more recipes here.

and it's ready to serve after boiling for a couple minutes
and it’s ready to serve after boiling for a couple minutes

P/S: the recipe for prawn dish on the photo above is here.

This Thai minced pork cucumber soup is something that we came across while staying over at Khaolak for degassing purposes after a satisfying live-aboard diving trip at Similan Islands.

The soup was so good that when we came home, Haze and I tried to re-create the same dish at home, and I think she got it pretty close. Here’s the resulting soup that is somewhat healthy, simple to make, and may I say, quite delicious. 😀

Thai Cucumber Soup with Minced Pork
Thai Minced Pork Cucumber Soup

Ingredients:

  • big fresh cucumber
  • fish sauce (or salt)
  • white pepper
  • minced meat (300 gram or enough for stuffing)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

ingredients are simple, we use fresh cucumber
ingredients are simple, we use fresh cucumber

Instructions:

  • While heating up 3 bowls of water, remove cucumber skin, cut in halves, then into bite size, remove the seeds
  • mix minced meat with generous amount of pepper, a teaspoon of fish sauce (or a dash of salt), and a teaspoon of sesame oil
  • apply minced meat on cucumber where the seeds used to be (you can 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch to make the mixture more sticky)
  • carefully put the cucumber into boiling water with meat side on top
  • boil for 15-20 minutes or until cucumber is soft
  • serve while hot

minced meat and cucumber is a great combination
minced meat and cucumber is a great combination

This soup usually comes with tong fun (glass noodle) so if you wanna add that, do go ahead. For even more flavorful soup base, feel free to add chicken/pork bones too.

Happy cooking!

It’s been a while since I posted the last recipe, so here’s another simple to make soup dish that anyone can make at home – Chinese corn and spare ribs soup. If you want it without pork, feel free to substitute spare ribs with chicken wings or bones.

I use a pressure cooker for this, but a normal pot would work too if you just increase the cooking time a factor of 2-3. Preparation time for this dish is less than 10 minutes.

corn, red dates, dried cuttle fish
corn, red dates, dried cuttle fish

The ingredients are fairly simple to source, and they aren’t expensive either. This is good for 4 small bowls of soup

  • 2 x sweet corns (best if you get those from Cameron Highland, they are extra juicy)
  • 600 grams of spare ribs
  • half a dozen dried red dates
  • 1 x dried cuttle fish or some dried scallops

boil the spare ribs for a while to remove impurities
boil the spare ribs for a while to remove impurities

Now the cooking instructions:

  • boil the spare ribs separately for 1-2 minutes to remove impurities
  • cut the corn in 2 and put all ingredients with 4 bowls of water in pressure cooker (6 bowls if you are using normal pot to account for evaporation)
  • bring to boil and cook in pressure for 45 mins to an hour
  • add salt to taste (about 1.5 teaspoon for me)
  • add pepper to taste
  • additionally, sprinkle some chopped spring onion before serving

just boil everything in pressure cooker for at least 45 minutes
just boil everything in pressure cooker for at least 45 minutes

The result is a clear soup that has the taste of sweet corn and spare ribs infused in it. It goes well with steamed rice or even just on its own.

Easy, healthy, and delicious, try it!

add a sprinkle of spring onion and you're done - corn & spare ribs soup
add a sprinkle of spring onion and you’re done – corn & spare ribs soup

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I’ve always love beef stew, a hearty dish with super tender beef in thick and flavorful broth, and with the various vegetable in it, a full and balanced meal all by itself.

ingredients for beef stew
ingredients for beef stew

I always thought making a pot of mean beef stew is an exercise in patience, but after doing a bit of research, I found out you can actually make a perfect bowl of beef stew in less than 30 minutes, including time for preparation – with the help of a pressure cooker.

pan fry the beef till brown, then add water and rosemary
pan fry the beef till brown, then add water and rosemary

The ingredients (this is good for 4 bowls)

  • 4-500 gram beef (lower quality is fine, I love those with some tendon and fat attached)
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 4-5 sticks of celery
  • 2 onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 potato
  • 1 table spoon rosemary (dried is fine)
  • 1.5 tea spoon salt
  • 1 tea spoon black pepper
  • 2 table spoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 table spoon cooking oil
  • 1 table spoon flour

chopped up vegetables and put in pressure cooker for another 8 minutes
chopped up vegetables and put in pressure cooker for another 8 minutes

Here’s the instructions, pressure cooker is used twice to ensure the beef gets to it’s super tender consistency while keeping the vegetable not overly cooked

  • heat up some oil in the pressure cooker, then add garlic, and fry beef till all sides are brown
  • add Worcestershire sauce, 3 cups of water, pepper, and rosemary
  • bring to boil, cover the pressure cooker and cook for 15 minutes in high pressure
  • in the mean time, chop up all vegetable and potato to bite size chunks
  • release pressure (by running cold water over the pressure cooker in the sink), then add vegetable to the pot
  • bring to boil and cook for another 8 minutes in high pressure
  • add salt
  • slowly add up to a table spoon of flour while stirring to make the broth thicker
  • serve while hot

 

a hearty bowl of stew with very tender beef
a bowl of hearty stew with super tender beef

The result is a pot of beef stew that is prepared in less than 30 minutes but with beef so tender it almost melt in your mouth. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you’ll have to boil the stew for at least 3-4 hours to get the same result. Alternatively, use a slow cooker.