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Sometimes all you want is a dish with meat with some vegetable on rice, one that is nicely marinated, full of flavor, and hits your requirement of protein, carb, fiber, and all that jazz. If that sounds like your kinda thing, let’s get on with how you can prepare this version of stir fry beef bento that I came up with.

stirfry beef bento recipe, the ingredients
stirfry beef bento recipe, the ingredients

The recipe is fairly simple, but does call for good quality beef slices. Here I use some Australian beef, but the same recipe can also be substitute with lamb slices, or even chicken slices as well.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 200 gram beef slices
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cap of shaoxing wine (optional)
  • black pepper
  • 2 red/green chili, slices
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic, chunks
  • 1/2 onion, slices
  • 2-3 stalks of spring onion, cut to 2-3 inches
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Cooking instructions:

  • marinate beef slices with all the sauce and sugar
  • heat up frying pan with cooking oil
  • fry garlic and onion till fragrant
  • add chili & spring onion, add sprinkle of salt
  • once 80% cooked, add in marinated meat
  • don’t over cook the meat, takes only 1-2 minutes to ensure all sides of meat is brown, and you’re done
  • serve on steamed rice
  • optional – add onsen egg

add an onsen egg to complete the bento
add an onsen egg to complete the bento

Preparing and cooking this dish takes perhaps 20-30 minutes, and it probably lasts all of 10 mins or less on the dining table. Love the combination of sweet, salty, umami, and spiciness from all these ingredients. Lovely for a quick afternoon lunch. Try it!

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Lobster is often seen as one of those luxury meals that you order in a fancy restaurant during special occasions. In fact, one of my first experiences with this crustacean was during a birthday event at Lobsterman SS2.

Fast forward almost a decade later, with Covid still looming over us and safety in dining out hasn’t completely sorted, it’s time to perhaps bring these luxury all the way to the home kitchen, shall we?

baked lobster recipe
baked lobster recipe

Here’s a simple recipe to bake lobster together with garlic bread as sides, here we go!

Ingredients:

  • lobster – cut in halves, break the claws
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 inches of butter
  • cilantro, finely chopped
  • cheese (Mozzarella), shredded

Cooking Instructions:

  • cut lobster in half & break claws of lobster for easing eating later
  • melt butter with chopped garlic
  • spread half of those garlic butter on bread
  • add chopped cilantro to remaining half of garlic butter, then spread on lobster
  • add cheese on top of lobster
  • put everything in oven at 180c for 8-10 minutes

garlic butter is the key
garlic butter is the key

And that’s it, a fairly simple way of preparing lobster. I’ve accidentally used Parmesan instead of mozzarella here so while tastes pretty good, it didn’t have that melted look that would have been better. Will have to try it again!

Happy cooking!

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For some reasons, we sometimes end up with potato at the pantry without knowing what to do with them until they threaten to become a plant… so to prevent history repeating itself, I came up with a chicken dish that make use of potato.

Without much creativity, I call it Stewed Chicken with Potato & Fermented Tofu dish. Cos those are basically the ingredients you need (garlic doesn’t really count, right?).

four ingredients make a pot of stewed chicken
four ingredients make a pot of stewed chicken

The dish is quite easy to make, if not takes a little bit of time to stew it to perfection. Without further nonsense, let’s get to the point.

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarter chicken (leg part, you can use any other bits), cut into bite size
  • 2 tablespoon fermented tofu
  • 5-8 bulbs of garlic, crushed
  • 1 potato, thin slices

Cooking instructions:

  • heat up clay pot with some cooking oil (1 tablespoon is enough)
  • start searing chicken until all sides are brown
  • add fermented tofu and keep stirring
  • add potato slices
  • add water until all ingredients covered
  • low heat, simmer for 30 mins

good food = happiness
good food = happiness

Result is a pretty warm, homey type of chicken dish suitable to go with steamed rice with a condiment of cilipadi and soya sauce. Adding some onion will also work for this dish as well, try it.

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Recently, I got myself some roast ducks on a very buy-one-free-one deal. Since there’s only two of us at home, finishing two roast ducks in a day is a pretty tall order, and one that we did not attempt to succeed, so we are left with quite a decent portion of roast duck in the fridge for the next day.

If you’ve got such experience before, I’ve got good news! You can make two awesome dishes out of these leftover roast duck fairly easily, and mostly from ingredients you may already have in your pantry/fridge. Here goes.

shallots, spring onion, dried chili, garlic
shallots, spring onion, dried chili, garlic

Dish One – fried roast duck

Ingredients:

  • roast duck, de-bone and cut into smaller size
  • 2 stalks spring onion, cut into 2-3″ size
  • 6-8 dried red chili
  • 3-4 bulb of garlic, chopped
  • roast duck brown sauce & plum sauce

Cooking Instructions:

  • Heat up a bit of oil and start frying garlic and onion
  • once fragrant, put in the roast duck meat
  • add those brown sauce and plum sauce (this is key)
  • keep stirring until hot, add spring onion for the last 1 minute
  • serve while hot!

fried roast duck is super yummy
fried roast duck is super yummy

Dish two – salted vegetable roast duck soup

Ingredients:

  • roast duck bones (from de-boning in first dish)
  • 4-6 dried red chili
  • salted mustard green
  • egg tofu (optional)

Cooking instructions:

  • soak mustard green in water for 10 mins, rinse several times to reduce saltiness
  • boil 3 cups water and add in all the ingredients except tofu
  • boil for 30-45 minutes, add in tofu just before serving

There you go, two fairly simple dishes that makes for a wholesome meal to go with steamed rice. I especially love the fried roast duck dish that has such an awesome flavor infused by those brown & plum sauce, give it a try!

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It’s cooking season this whole year isn’t it?

Well, just the other week while trying to figure out what I want to do with the 1/4 piece of pumpkin in the fridge, I figured why don’t I come up with a recipe myself this time instead of hunting the web looking for what others have done. Growing up, mom never really featured pumpkin in the dining table much, so I had to actually come up with something somewhat novel, and I did – here I present to you – pumpkin omelette recipe, created by yours truly.

ingredients - pumpkin, eggs, garlic, cilantro
ingredients – pumpkin, eggs, garlic, cilantro

The dish is fairly easy to create, requiring simple ingredients and takes about 15 minutes or so to prepare and cook. Take a look at the video embedded below.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 small pumpkin, cut into chunks
  • 3 eggs, beat em up
  • a bunch of cilantro, remove stems
  • 4-5 bulb of garlic, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil

Cooking Instructions:

  • cut pumpkin into bite size and steam them for 10 minutes
  • once done, heat up frying pan with cooking oil
  • fry garlic until fragrant, then add the steamed pumpkin
  • next add egg, and cilantro
  • add some salt & pepper if you wish
  • fry till egg is about 80% cooked through, remove and serve

sweet and savory egg dish
sweet and savory egg dish

The result is a sweet and savory dish that turned out very delicious. Not sure if anyone else make it this way but do feel free to try it! I reckon you’ll be surprised 🙂