Friday, February 27, 2015

Fried Rice Recipe

This is based on a family recipe, recipes online, and an interpretation by local restaurants that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipes that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- chinese sausage
- rice
- eggs
- onion
- garlic
- tomato sauce
- salt
- sugar
- soy sauce
- spring onion (optional)
 - dried shrimp (optional)
- shitake mushrooms (optional)
- lettuce (optional)
- fried shallot (optional)
- prawns (optional)
- Chinese BBQ Pork (also called char-siu/charsiu. See elsewhere on this blog for this recipe)

Sautee onion, garlic, chinese sausage in pan. Fry egg and then shred so that it can be mixed through rice more easily later on. Add rice and then add the rest of the diced/chopped ingredients. Add salt, sugar, soy sauce, etc... to taste. Garnish with shredded lettuce and fried shallots.

The following is what it looks like.
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1351/chinese+fried+rice
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/15297/easy+fried+rice
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/fried+rice+recipes

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chicken Curry Recipe

This is based on a family recipe.
- chicken
- sugar
- salt
- pepper
- garlic
- curry
- onion
- carrot
- potato
- fish sauce
- coconut milk
- curry mix (powder or liquid)(optional)
- tomatoes (optional)

Marinate chicken in sugar/salt/pepper/garlic/curry powder mixture. Brown off chicken in pan. In the meantime, dice vegetables and put into microwave for short period to speed up cooking time. Put all vegetables into pan. Add coconut milk and possibly a curry mix (to boost the flavour) to pan to create sauce. Use fish sauce to taste. Goes well with white rice or else bread.

The following is what it looks like. 
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/7378/coconut+chicken+curry
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1993658/homestyle-chicken-curry

Szechuan Pork Mince Recipe

This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a local restaurants that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipes that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.  
- pork mince
- salt
- sugar
- pepper
- chilli bean paste
- rice wine
- soy sauce
- tofu (fried or fresh)
- soy sauce
- garlic (optional)
- ginger (optional)
- caramel (optional)
- green beans (optional)

Marinade pork mince in salt/sugar/pepper/rice wine/soy sauce. Fry off off mince in wok/pan. Add chilli bean taste. Add sugar, pepper, soy, caramel, etc... sauce to taste. Slice tofu, put into microwave for 30 seconds and drain liquid, and stir through sauce. Fry off green beans in the meantime and add into mixture if you want at this point. Water down sauce if it gets too thick.

Goes well with a asian chicken soup (use pre-made or make a quick one using carrots, celery, onion, chicken bones, water, pepper, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and fish sauce) and steamed white rice.

The following is what it looks like.
http://www.girlichef.com/2014/03/Szechuan-Green-Beans-with-Ground-Pork.html
http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/green-bean-recipes/szechuan-green-beans-ground-pork

Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chop Recipe

This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a korean/japanese fusion restaurant that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipe that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version. 
- pork chops
- sugar
- garlic
- shallot or yellow onion
- lemongrass
- pepper
- soy sauce
- fish sauce
- rice wine vinegar
- oil

Coat pork with bicarbonate soda if desired (meat tenderiser) and then wash off in cold water. Create marinade sauce by starting with liquids and then adding sugar, soy sauce, garlic, etc... Marinade pork with sauce. Cook rice in meantime. Pan fry pork and then place under grill for quicker results or else place directly in grill/oven/bbq from start to finish. 
 
Goes well with a asian chicken soup (use pre-made or make a quick one using carrots, celery, onion, chicken bones, water, pepper, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and fish sauce) and steamed white rice, fried eggs, pickled carrot or cucumber (sliced finely and dressed with vinegar and sugar) and nuoc mam as a sauce.


The following is what it looks like. 

Chinese Roast (BBQ/Char-Siu) Pork Recipe

This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by local restaurants that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipe that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- pork
- soy sauce
- hoisin sauce
- Chinese rice cooking wine
- sugar
- garlic
- honey (optional)
- pepper (optional)
- oyster sauce (optional)
- star anise (optional)
- red food colouring (powder or liquid)
Split (if too large to fit into oven/grill) pork if required. Coat pork with bicarbonate soda if desired (meat tenderiser) and then wash off in cold water. Create marinade sauce by starting with hoy sin sauce and then adding sugar, soy sauce, garlic, etc... Marinade pork with sauce. Cook rice in meantime. Pan fry pork and then place under grill for quicker results or else place directly in grill/oven/bbq from start to finish. 

Goes well with a asian chicken soup (use pre-made or make a quick one using carrots, celery, onion, chicken bones, water, pepper, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and fish sauce) and steamed white rice.

The following is what it looks like.

Korean/Japanese Pork Bolgogi (BBQ Pork) Recipe

This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a korean/japanese fusion restaurant that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipe that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- pork (purchase offcuts/pre-sliced pork belly in some stores for a more timely meal)
- bolgogi sauce
- sugar
- mirin or rice cooking wine
- crushed/diced garlic or powder
- soy sauce
- ginger (optional)
- pepper (optional)
- spring onion (optional)
- shichimi togarashi spice mix
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shichimi

Slice pork if required. Coat pork with bicarbonate soda if desired (meat tenderiser) and then wash off in cold water. Create marinade sauce by starting with bolgogi sauce and then adding sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, shichimi togarashi spice mix, etc... Marinade pork with sauce. Cook rice in meantime. Pan fry pork and then place under grill for quicker results or else place directly in grill/oven/bbq from start to finish.

Serve with Miso soup, sweet potato fries, and rice. Garnish pork with shichimi togarashi spice mix and rice with soy sauce. Add kimchi to meal if desired.

You can change the meat to chicken or even beef if the sauce is changed to the appropiate one.

The following is what it looks like.
http://zenkimchi.com/featured/recipe-dwaeji-bulgogi-grilled-korean-spicy-pork/
http://crazykoreancooking.com/recipe/spicy-pork-bulgogi-spicy-marinated-pork

Simple Pasta Recipes

As the title states the following are a bunch of recipes that I sometimes use for pasta. This is being placed here for my own possible records and for others to use if so desired.

The point of these recipes is to achieve the best taste, in the quicket possible time, at the cheapest possible price. That's why the ingredients are somewhat non-traditional at times. Here's the other thing, it's obvious that they can be altered quickly and easily to suit other core ingredients. Don't be afraid to experiment.

Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara with Pasta
- white pasta sauce (can be any. We will modify to suit our tastes but most are roughly the same. Alfredo is often the easiest/closest to what we finally want though)
- mushrooms (buy them pre-sliced and you'll have the sauce done for this recipe done in no time)
- bacon (buy it pre-diced and you'll have the sauce done for this recipe done in no time)
- sugar (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- soy sauce (to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
Fry off bacon then mushroom in a pan. Add pasta sauce. In the meantime, cook pasta with some salted water. Use sugar/salt/soy sauce to change sauce if too tart, sweet, etc... Garnish pasta and sauce with parmessan if desired.

Spaghetti Bolognese with Pasta
- pasatta or tomato based pasta sauce
- beef mince
- onion (optional)
- garlic (optional)
- fresh chilli or chilli flakes (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- sugar (to taste)
- soy sauce (to taste) 
- pepper (to taste)
- tomato sauce (to taste)
Sautee onion, garlic, and chilli. Brown mince (remove excess liquid if desired. It will change the nature of the sauce if there is excess liquid). Add pasta sauce. In the meantime, cook pasta with some salted water. Use sugar/salt/pepper/soy sauce to change sauce if too tart, sweet, etc... Garnish pasta and sauce with parmessan if desired.

Spaghetti Bolognese (Asian Interpretation) with Pasta
- pasatta
- sliced beef
- onion (optional)
- garlic (optional)
- fresh chilli, sriracha chilli sauce, or chilli flakes (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- sugar (to taste)
- soy sauce (to taste) 
- fish sauce (to taste) 
- pepper (to taste)
Sautee onion, garlic, and chilli. Brown mince (remove excess liquid if desired. It will change the nature of the sauce if there is excess liquid). Add pasta sauce. In the meantime, cook pasta with some salted water. Use sugar/salt/pepper/sriracha chilli sauce/soy sauce to change sauce if too tart, sweet, etc... Garnish pasta and sauce with parmessan if desired.

Seafood or Chill Prawn Tomato Sauce with Pasta
- pasatta or tomato based pasta sauce
- prawns or seafood
- onion (optional)
- garlic (optional)
- fresh chilli or chilli flakes (to taste)
- sriracha chilli sauce, sambal oelek, or chilli bean paste (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- sugar (to taste)
- soy sauce (to taste) 
- pepper (to taste)
- tomato sauce (to taste)
- diced fresh tomato (optional)(buy pre-diced canned if pressed for time)
- olives (optional)(buy canned, pre-sliced, and drain holding liquid if pressed for time)
Sautee onion, garlic, and chilli. Sear seafood (remove excess liquid if desired. It will change the nature of the sauce if there is excess liquid). Add pasta sauce, and fresh tomato and olives (if desired). In the meantime, cook pasta with some salted water. Use sugar/salt/pepper/sriracha chilli sauce/soy sauce to change sauce if too tart, sweet, etc... Garnish pasta and sauce with parmessan if desired.

Pork Chops With White Sauce with Pasta
- pork chops
- cream
- tomato sauce
- garlic
- salt (to taste)
- sugar (to taste)
- soy sauce (to taste) 
- pepper (to taste)
- tomato sauce (to taste)
Sear pork chop with garlic to level desired (remove excess liquid if desired. It will change the nature of the sauce if there is excess liquid) and remove from pan. Add cream to deglaze pan and create sauce. In the meantime, cook pasta with some salted water. Use sugar/salt/pepper/tomato sauce/soy sauce to change sauce if too tart, sweet, etc... Garnish pasta and sauce with parmessan if desired.