Honey Sriracha Chicken

10- oz zucchinis
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
12 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon chopped scallion
White sesame for garnishing

Sauce:
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

Cut 1-inch off both ends of the zucchinis and use the spiralizer to make the zucchini noodles. Transfer the zoodles to two serving bowls. Add all the ingredients for the Sauce in a bowl. Whisk to mix well.

Heat up a skillet with the olive oil. Saute the garlic until aromatic. Add the chicken and stir fry until the surface turns white, follow by the Sauce. Stirring continuously until the chicken is completely cooked through and the sauce thickens. Add the scallion, stir to mix well.

Top the zoodles with the chicken, toss to mix well. Garnish with the white sesame and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes
Discard any liquid seeping out of the zoodles, if any.

Garlic Sriracha Chicken

2 lbs skinless and boneless chicken thighs
1/4 teaspoon white sesame
1 tablespoon chopped scallion

Marinade:
3 cloves garlic minced
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 teaspoons Sriracha
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Rinse the chicken thighs with water. Pat try with paper towels.

Mix all the ingredients in the Marinade. Stir to combine well.

Combine the chicken thighs with the Marinade and marinate for 15 minutes.

Transfer the chicken and all the garlic Sriracha marinade to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Cover the chicken with aluminum foil to prevent burning.

Bake the chicken for 20 minutes, or until cooked. Remove the foil, spoon the dripping over the chicken and broil the chicken for 1 minute to char the surface of the chicken. Remove from heat, sliced into pieces, garnish with the white sesame, scallions and serve immediately.

Notes: For the best results, use boneless and skinless chicken thighs but you can certainly use chicken breast or even chicken drumsticks.

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken

1 1/2 lbs 4 boneless chicken thighs (skin on or off)
3 cloves garlic minced
1- inch piece ginger peeled and minced
1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1/2 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon oil
White sesame optional

In a big bowl, combine the chicken with the garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, Sriracha sauce, honey, soy sauce and salt. Stir to combine well and let marinate for 15 minutes.

Heat up a skillet and add the oil on medium heat. When the skillet is hot, add the chicken (reserve the marinade), skin side down first and pan-fry both sides. Pan fry until the skin turn nicely brown. Add the marinade into the skillet and turn the heat to low. Continue to cook the chicken while the sauce reduces to a thicker consistency. When the chicken is cooked through, turn off the heat, garnish with white sesame and serve immediately with steamed rice.

Soy-Glazed Chicken

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasrs
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or Japanese cooking sake
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 heaping tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
2 cloves garlic minced
White sesame
Chopped scallion

Debone the chicken thighs following the instructions here. Mix the soy sauce, five spice powder, wine, sesame oil and sugar together. Whisk to dissolve sugar completely. Add the sauce mixture to the chicken. Stir to coat well.

Heat up a skillet on low to medium heat and add the oil. When the oil is heated, add the garlic and saute until they turn light brown. Add the chicken and all the sauce into the skillet and cook slowly, for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce reduces.

Remove the chicken from the skillet, garnish with white sesame and scallion, serve hot with steamed rice.

You may use boneless and skinless chicken thighs, chicken breasts, or chicken drumsticks. I used low sodium soy sauce. If your sauce mixture is too salty, add some water to dilute or more sugar to taste.

Sweet Pepper Chicken

8 oz. mini sweet peppers
12 oz. boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut into pieces
Salt
Ground black pepper
2 tablespoons oil
2 cloves garlic minced

Sauce:
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
3 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
1 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
2 tablespoons water

Slice and remove the top part of the mini sweet peppers. Cut lengthwise into halves to remove the seeds inside of the peppers. Cut into wedges. Set aside.

Mix all the ingredients in the Sauce together, stir to mix well. Set aside.

Season the chicken with salt and ground black pepper. Heat up a wok or skillet over high heat and add 1 tablespoon of the oil. When the oil is heated, add the chicken and cook until both sides of the chicken slightly brown. Dish out and set aside.

In the same work or skillet, add the remaining oil. Add the garlic and stir fry until aromatic. Add the mini sweet peppers, stir and toss continuously, about 10 seconds.

Add the sauce into the wok or skillet, stir to combine well with the mini sweet peppers. Transfer the chicken back into the wok, stir a few times to blend well. Turn off the heat and serve immediately.

Soba Noodles with Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce

Soba noodles – 1 9oz packet
Salt and Pepper as per taste
Sesame seeds – 2 Tbsp lightly toasted
Cucumber thinly julienne optional
Lime wedges optional

For Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce
Scallions – 1 1/2 cup finely chopped
Ginger – 2 Tbsp minced
Cilantro – 1/4 cup chopped
Sesame oil, grape seed oil, or any neutral oil – 2-3 Tbsp
Chili oil – 2 tsp
Soy sauce – 1 Tbsp
Rice wine vinegar – 2 Tbsp
Honey – 2 Tbsp
Salt – 1 tsp, as soy sauce is salty too so be careful with the salt
Black pepper – 1 tsp

Mix all the ingredients for Sweet Ginger Scallion sauce in the bowl, check for the seasoning. Keep it aside for 10 -15 minutes for the flavors to develop.

Boil the soba noodles as per the instruction on the package, If you need them cold drain well with the cold water once they are cooked or just drain the water in which they boiled if you like them hot.

Add the sauce, sesame seeds and toss the noodles well, check for the seasoning one last time. Sprinkle lime juice if you like and also if you like add some julienne cucumber, give a final toss and Enjoy!

From Simply Reem

Ginger Soy Fish

12 oz. halibut fish fillet (or firm fish such as cod)
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 2-inch piece ginger
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tablespoon chopped scallions

Sauce:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 dashes ground white pepper

Cut to the fish into thick, but bite size pieces. Add corn starch to the fish fillet.

Coat the fish with the corn starch. Set aside.

Peel the ginger, slice and cut into thin strips.

Mix all the ingredients for the Sauce in a small bowl. Stir to mix well and make sure that the sugar melts.

Heat up a non-stick skillet or well-seasoned wok with the cooking oil on medium to high heat. When the oil is fully heated, add the ginger and stir-fry until they turn light brown. Remove them from the oil and set aside in a bowl.

Using the ginger-infused oil, pan fry the fish until both surface turn light to golden brown. Make sure you turn the fish very gently with spatula or tong, or preferably with a pair of long cooking chopsticks. Fish fillets are very delicate; you don’t want to break them up while pan-frying.

Add the Sauce to the fish. As soon as the sauce bubbles. Turn off the heat and dish out. Top the fish with the ginger strips and scallion. Serve immediately with steamed rice.

Chinese Greens with Oyster Sauce

Garlic Oil:
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 teaspoon oil

Your favorite Chinese greens (choy sum, kai lan [Chinese mustard greens], bok choy, baby bok choy, or any green leafy vegetables [recipe is based on 6 baby bok choy)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce Lee Kum Kee brand preferred
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon cooking oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 dashes of white pepper powder

Prepare the garlic oil first by heating up your wok and stir fry the minced garlic until they turn light brown. Dish out and set aside.

Heat up a pot of water and bring it to boil. Add two small drops of cooking oil into the water. Drop your vegetables into the boiling water and quickly blanch them for about 20-30 seconds (depends on the quantity). As soon as they turn slightly wilted, transfer them out and drain the excess water off the vegetables. Arrange the vegetables on a plate.
In a wok, heat up the cooking oil, and then add the oyster sauce, water, sugar, and white pepper powder. As soon as the sauce heats up and blends well, transfer and drench it over the blanced vegetables. Top the vegetables with the garlic oil and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes: For the garlic oil, the garlic will continue to cook in the oil so as soon as they turn light brown in the wok, you should dish it out. Eventually, they will turn golden brown.

Dai Chili Fish Soup

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lbs firm-flesh fish steaks or fillets , such as tilapia, striped bass, or lake trout, or an ocean fish such as snapper or cod
4 cups water
3 dried red chiles
2 fresh green bird chiles or serrano chiles
1 Tbsp ginger , cut into small matchsticks
1 garlic clove , smashed
1 large or 2 small scallions , sliced lengthwise into ribbons, then crosswise into 2-inch lengths
1 cup coriander leaves and stems , coarsely chopped
1 medium tomato , ripe or green, as you wish, finely chopped (I used green tomatoes)
1 1/2 to 2 tsp salt , or to taste
Freshly ground black or white pepper
2 Tbsp peanut oil or vegetable oil
4 dried red chiles
1 Tbsp thinly sliced garlic

Cut the fish into 1-to 2-inch pieces. Place in a small pot, add the water, whole chiles, ginger, garlic, scallions, and coriander, and bring to a boil, then immediately lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. (meanwhile prepare the flavored oil)
Heat the oil in a small heavy skillet. When it is hot, lower the heat and toss in the chiles and garlic and wait several seconds, until they start to brown but not burned, then remove from the heat. Add the oil, garlic and chiles to the hot soup, or put out as a table condiment.

Add the tomato and 1 1/2 tsp salt to the hot broth and simmer for another 5 minutes or so. Taste for salt and adjust if necessary, then add pepper to taste.

The soup is traditionally served with all the flavorings still in it. The chiles and garlic cloves are not meant to be eaten, but are just put aside by each diner as she or he eats. If you wish, you can strain the soup before serving it.

Sichuan Ma La Fish

2 Tbsp of Szechuan chili sauce
1/2 Tbsp Szechuan peppercorns (crushed)
1.5 lbs fish fillet (use sole if available. I use swai fish)
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 C chicken broth
1 block of soft tofu (cut into cubes)
3-4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 Tbsp of canola oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tbsp of corn starch (mix with 1/4 C of water)
1 stalk of spring onion (finely chopped)

Heat up your wok with oil. Add in garlic and peppercorn. Saute until fragrant

Add in szechuan chili sauce and continue to saute for about 30 seconds. Add in the chicken broth and bring it to boil

While boiling, add in the fish fillet pieces and let them cook until they turn white. Add in tofu cubes. Season with salt and pepper

Spicy Tomato Chicken

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into pieces
1 large onions cut into pieces
7 oz green peas if frozen is used, thawed first
6 potatoes cut into pieces and deep fry
1 can 16 oz crushed tomato
4 inches cinnamon stick
5 pieces cardamon mace
6 Tbsp of Canola oil

CHILI PASTE:
15 bird’s eye red chilis or 3 large red chilis or you can skip the chili
25 shallots peeled or 1 big red onion (peeled and cut into big pieces)
6 cloves garlic peeled
2 inches ginger peeled
1 tsp of shrimp paste/belacan available at Asian grocery stores

SEASONINGS:
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp sugar

MARINADE:
3 Tbsp grounded coriander seeds

Heat about 3 Tbsp of oil in a heavy-bottom pot, stir-fry coriander-marinated chicken till half cooked and set aside.

Fry the chili paste till fragrant with 3 Tbsp of canola oil. Add in cinnamon, cardamom, onion, chicken, tomato paste and potato, stir-fry well.

Add in seasonings and water, cook until chicken is cooked through and tender. Lastly, add in green peas and mix well. Turn off the heat.

Dong’An Chicken

About 4 quarts chicken stock
About 2 3/4 lbs free-range chicken
1 3/4- inch piece fresh ginger , unpeeled
3 scallions
1 fresh red chili
3 dried red chilis
2 tsp Shaoxing wine
2 Tbsp clear rice vinegar
1/2 tsp whole Sichuan peppercorns
Salt to taste
3/4 tsp corn starch mixed with 2 tsp cold water
1 tsp sesame oil
4 Tbsp lard or peanut oil for cooking

Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan over a high flame. Add the chicken and return the liquid to the boil, skimming the surface, as necessary. Crush half the ginger and one scallion with the flat side of a cleaver or a heavy object, then add to the pan with the chicken. Reduce the heat and poach the chicken for 10 minutes. Remove the chicken from the cooking liquid and allow it to cool; reserve the cooking liquid. The chicken should be about three-quarters cooked. There will still be some blood, don’t worry.

when the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the flesh from the carcass and cut as far as possible into bite-size strips, along the grain of the meat. I never discard the skin. (the bones and scrappy pieces of meat can be returned to the cooking liquid and make into stock).

Cut the fresh chili in half lengthwise and discard the seeds and pithy part, then cut into very fine slivers about 1 1/2 inches long. Peel the remaining ginger and cut into slices and then slivers similar to the chili. Cut the green parts of the remaining 2 scallions into slivers of a similar length; set aside.

Heat the wok over a high flame until smoke rises, then add the lard or peanut oil and swirl around. When the oil is warming up but before it is smoking hot, add the fresh chiles, and ginger, along with the dried chiles and Sichuan pepper and stir-fry until fragrant, taking care that the seasonings do not take color or burn.

Add the chicken and continue to stir-fry. Splash the Shaoxing wine around the edges of the chicken. Add the vinegar and salt to taste. Add up to 1/2 cup of the chicken poaching liquid, bring to a boil and then turn the heat down a little and simmer briefly to allow the flavors to penetrate the chicken, spooning the liquid over.

Add the corn starch mixture to the liquid and stir as the sauce thickens. Throw in the scallion greens and stir a few times. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Serve.

Black Tea-Infused Satay

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 lb of boneless skinless chicken thigh cut into 1/2-inch strips
Bamboo skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes before grilling

MARINADE:
10 bags of black tea
2 cups of hot water
2 Tbsp of brown sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp paprika powder
1 Tbsp of cooking oil
7 cloves garlic peeled and finely minced

BLACK VINEGAR SAUCE:
1/4 cup of black vinegar
1/4 cup of brown sugar

Place the black tea bags inside a cup of hot water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags and add in the brown sugar, salt, paprika powder, oil and garlic. Let the tea cool down.

Place the chicken thigh pieces in a large bag or container and pour in the tea mixture to let the chicken marinade overnight or minimum of 6 hours.

Place the black vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil and then lower the heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let it cool down
Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and thread it into the bamboo skewers. Repeat with the rest of the chicken meat. Preheat your grill on medium heat and place the satay on the grill and cook until you get a nice char on the meat, about 2-3 minutes on each side
Serve with black vinegar sauce on the side

Stir-Fried Nian Gao Rice Cakes

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb Chinese or Korean Rice Cake 450 gr
2 Tbsp cooking oil divided
3 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
8 oz boneless chicken thighs/breast 250 gr, cut into thin strips (see notes)
5 oz Napa Cabbage 150 gr, cut into large chunks or shred
3.5 oz baby bok choy 100 gr
1/4 cup chicken broth

MARINADE FOR MEAT:
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch

SEASONINGS:
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp shaoxing wine
1/2 tsp sugar

GARNISH:
2 stalks green onion finely chopped

PREPARE THE RICE CAKES:
If you get the refrigerated rice cakes or dried rice cakes, soak them in the water for at least 2 hours (overnight for dried rice cakes). If you use frozen ones, thaw in the refrigerator and then soak.

Drain off the soaking water and the rice cakes are ready to be used.

MARINATE THE MEAT:
Place the chicken or meat of your choice in a mixing bowl along with the marinade ingredients and marinade for 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.

COOKING:
Preheat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp cooking oil and swirl to cover the base of the skillet or wok. Add chicken and stir fry until the chicken pieces turn opaque and cook through. Dish out the cooked chicken.

Wipe the wok clean if necessary. Bring the skillet/wok back to high heat. Add another 1 Tbsp of cooking oil. Add garlic and stir fry for about 20 seconds. Add the napa cabbage and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add bok choy and stir fry another minute.

Add rice cakes, seasonings, and broth. Give them a quick stir. Cover with a lid and cook for about 3 minutes or until the rice cakes soften.

Uncover the lid and give it a good stir to mix everything. Add the chicken back into the skillet/wok and give it a stir. Have a taste and add more soy sauce as needed.

Garnish with chopped green onion and serve warm.

Notes: This recipe uses plain nian gao log that is cut into slices. They don’t have any taste on its own and are meant for stir-fries or “noodle” soup. They are similar to the Korean Tteokguk rice cakes. Both made with sticky rice flour. (The Korean version is usually available at Wegmans in the refrigerator section.) Notice that they are labeled as “Rice Cake”, but actually they are made with both sticky/glutinous rice and regular rice flour (though more of the glutinous rice flour in composition). Once refrigerated, the rice cakes loose their elasticity completely. They will have turned hard like a rock. Soak in water for at least 2 hours or you can soak overnight. If you get the frozen version, thaw first and then soak. There is also a dried version, which also requires soaking overnight in the water.

You can use any protein of your choice like ground meat, or slices of beef or pork loin. This dish is also perfect to use any leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken. You can also opt for meatless protein like using extra-firm tofu slices.

Clay Pot Chicken with Ginger and Lime Leaves

3 cloves of garlic peeled and finely minced
2 Tbsp of cooking oil divided
3 Tbsp of chopped shallot
1 Tbsp of sugar
3 Tbsp of fish sauce
1 Tbsp of freshly ground black pepper
1 fresh kaffir lime leaves cut into strips
4 fresh kaffir lime leaves for garnish
1 lb of boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-size chunks
2- inch knob of fresh ginger peeled and cut into thin strips

Place garlic, I Tbsp of oil, shallot, sugar, fish sauce, black pepper, and strips of lime leaves in a large bowl. Stir to mix everything. Add in the chicken and turn to coat. Make sure all the pieces are coated with the mixture. Cover and refrigerate to let it marinade for 30 minutes.

If you don’t have a clay pot, you can use a heavy-bottomed pan. Preheat the pot. Add in the rest of the cooking oil. Add in the ginger and saute for about 2 minutes. It should be fragrant. Add in the marinated chicken along with its juices. Stir and cook until the chicken started to turn into opaque color. Reduce the heat, cover and let it gently simmer for about 45 minutes. Uncover and have a taste. Add more fish sauce if needed. Remove from the heat and garnish with the rest of the lime leaves and serve while pipping hot.

Chinese Egg Noodles

16 oz bread flour
1 tsp salt
4 egg yolks from large eggs beaten
4 oz water (added gradually; start with this amount)

PREPARE DOUGH USING A STANDMIXER:
Mix the flour with salt in a mixing bowl of stand mixer or large mixing bowl.

Attached a dough hook and run it on low to medium speed (speed 4 on kitchen aid) and gradually add in the water until the dough come together and let it knead until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky. You may need to add more water, you may not. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.

PREPARE DOUGH BY HANDS:
Mix the flour with salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a small well in the middle and add in beaten egg yolks.

Add a bit more water teaspoon by teaspoon if the dough is a bit dry. Gradually incorporate the flour with the egg yolks and knead until the dough is no longer sticky to your hand and smooth.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.

SHAPING THE NOODLES:
After 30 minutes, the dough is soft and pliable at this point. Lightly flour your work surface and divide the dough into 4 and work with one dough at a time and keeping the rest covered to prevent them from drying out. I flattened the dough with my palms (flat enough to feed through the roller) and generously dust it with some flour and set the roller to 1 and roll and fold again and gradually up the setting to 4 until you get a nice “sheet” of noodles. It’s the thickness I like, not too thin and not too thick.

COOKING THE NOODLES:
If you plan to cook immediately, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, place this sheet of noodles and liberally dusted with flour and roll the rest of the dough. Change to cutter (I used fettuccine cutter for this) and feed it through the cutter and repeat with the rest of the sheets
Cook the noodles in a rolling boil water with a pinch of salt for about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. It doesn’t take long to cook fresh noodles. Do not overcook them. Once they are cooked, drain the water and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. You may toss the noodles with a bit of oil to prevent it from sticking to each other (depending on what you are using it for). Proceed with your recipe using the noodles.

DRYING THE NOODLES:
If you don’t cook them on the same day, it is best to hang them on a drying rack to let them dry completely. Cooking time may take few minutes longer after you dry them.

RECIPE NOTES:
You may store the fresh noodles by freezing them. After you finished cutting the noodles, toss them in generous amount of flour and then roughly shape into several small round nest and place in a freezer bag. They go straight from freezer to boiling water to cook

Beef Chow Fun

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb flat rice noodles fresh or dried (1/2 lb if dried)
6 oz beef sirloin (freeze in the freezer for about 15 minute and cut very thinly)
2 Tbsp cooking oil
6 oz beansprouts

AROMATICS:
4 stalks green onion
1 inch fresh ginger

SAUCE:
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp fine sugar
1/4 tsp white pepper powder

MARINADE:
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp corn starch

PREPARE BEEF AND RICE NOODLES:
Put the sirloin in the freezer for 15 minutes before cutting. Make sure you cut the meat across the grain so you get a tender meat. Put all ingredients for marinating the beef and let it marinade for 30 minutes while you are preparing other things.

If using dried rice noodles, soak in water for at least 2 hours. If you are using fresh sheets of rice noodles, they come in one large sheet or pre-cut. If you are using one large sheet, cut into 1-2 inch wide.

PREPARE AROMATICS:
Separate the white and green parts of the green onions. Cut into a 3-inch length. Halve the white part of the onion. Set aside.

Peel and finely chop the ginger.

PREPARE SEASONINGS:
Place all the ingredients for seasonings in a bowl and stir to mix. Set aside.

COOKING:
Preheat the skillet/wok over high heat until really hot. You can start seeing smoke rising from the wok. Add in about 2 Tbsp of oil, swirl it quickly to cover the base and add the beef slices. Don’t stir and let them cook for about 1 minute and then a quick stir to separate them and dish out and set aside. Do not overcook the beef.

Scrap any crust off the skillet/wok, if any. Heat the skillet back until it’s stonking hot and smoking again, add another 1 Tbsp of oil (if needed) and add the ginger and white part of green onions, stir fry for about 30 seconds. Add the rice noodles, spreading it across the skillet/work and stir fry quickly for about 20-30 seconds, it might be longer for dried noodles. The noodles will continue to get soften. Don’t over stir the noodles or they will break apart and turn choppy. Pour in the seasonings and give it a stir and cook for another 30 seconds.

Add the beef slices back and stir fry again for another 10 seconds. Add the bean sprouts and green part of green onions. Stir to mix briefly. Stir to mix everything. Dish out into a serving platter and serve immediately.

Acar Timun (Quick Cucumber Pickles)

2 medium size cucumber
4 tbsp hot water
4 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp white vinegar
3 red Thai chili cut into small pieces

Peel the cucumber and then cut into half vertically. Use a spoon with a sharp point, like grapefruit spoon for example, to scoop off the seeds. Regular spoon will work too, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have grapefruit spoon. It just makes the work a little easier.

Cut the cucumber into cubes or you can cut it into half-circle shape.

Place the hot water and sugar in a glass-jar. Stir to dissolve the sugar.

Add the vinegar and chili. Add the cucumber. Close the lid of the jar and shake it. You can pickle this in a non-reactive bowl too. Whatever works for you.

Let it pickle for at least 1 hour in a refrigerator. You can store this in the refrigerator for up to 1 week

Stir-Fried Chicken with Green Tea

MARINADE:
4 Tbsp boiling water
1 bag of green tea
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp cornstarch

SAUCE:
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1 tsp sesame oil

OTHER INGREDIENTS:
1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 clove garlic peeled and minced
1- inch of ginger peeled and minced
1/2 cup diced onion
1 red bell pepper or any colors, seeded and dice into bite size
2 Tbsp chicken stock
1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tsp water
1/2 tsp sugar

To prepare marinade, pour boiling water in a cup; add the tea bag and let stand for 10 minutes. Then discard the tea bag. Spoon 1 Tbsp of the green tea to a bowl and add soy sauce and cornstarch. Add in the chicken and stir to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes.

To prepare sauce, in a small bowl combine soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, and sugar; mix well and set aside.

Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add oil, swirling to coat sides. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add chicken and stir-fry for about 1 minute. Remove chicken and set aside.

Return wok or skillet to high heat. Add onion, and bell pepper; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add stock and reserved green tea ; cover and cook for 1 minute. Return chicken to wok and add the sauce; bring to a boil. Have a taste and add more soy sauce if needed. Give the cornstarch solution a stir and pour into the wok and cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens
Serve immediately.

Zha Jiang Mian (Noodles in Bean Sauce)

1 lb dried/fresh Asian wheat noodles or fresh udon noodles
3 Tbsp cooking oil
1/4 cup finely chopped garlic
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
4 Tbsp black bean sauce
1 small onion finely chopped
1 lb ground pork/beef/chicken
1/2 cup shaoxing rice wine/ dry sherry
1 cup chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 Tbsp of corn starch mix with 2 Tbsp of water
1 cucumber peeled, seeded and julienned
2 stalks green onion finely chopped
chili oil (optional)

Cook the noodles according to the instruction on the package and rinse with cold water and set aside.

Preheat a wok or skillet. Add in oil, garlic, ginger, black bean sauce, onion and saute for 5 minutes.

Add the ground meat and cook for 6 minutes and then add in the wine and stock. Bring it back to a boil and have a taste. Add more salt and pepper to your taste. Give the corn starch solution a stir and pour it in and the sauce will thicken slightly.

Ladle the sauce over noodles, top with cucumber and chopped green onion. Drizzle some chili oil for a bit of heat. Serve immediately.