Looking for that great flavor you find in Chinese recipes, but just don’t know where to start? Or maybe you think it is too difficult or too time consuming. Well, you don’t have to be a professional cook to make great, quick and easy meals for the whole family. I’ll help you bring home the flavor of the restaurant with some quick recipes.
Spicy Beef, Shrimp, and Bok Choy
* 1/4 cup Shao Hsing rice wine
* 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster flavored sauce
* 2 teaspoons cornstarch
* 4 teaspoons canola oil
* 3/4 pound sirloin
* 1 / 4-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 10 raw shrimp
* 1 pound bok choy
1. Whisk the rice wine, oyster sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl until the cornstarch dissolves.
2. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the meat and the crushed red pepper. continue cooking, stirring, until meat begins to brown. That should take about 2 minutes. Add shrimp and continue cooking, stirring, until shrimp are opaque and pink. Again, this should take about 2 minutes. Transfer the food to a plate.
3. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil over medium-high heat in the same skillet. Add the bok choy and cook, stirring, until it begins to wilt. That should be about 3 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch mixture. Return the meat and shrimp mixture (from step 2) to the skillet and cook and stir. Continue like this until heat penetrates completely and sauce thickens; it should take about 1 minute.
Prawns with Salt and Pepper
* 1/4 cup lime juice
* 4 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
* 4 teaspoons sesame oil
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 6 cups of cabbage
* 2 small red or orange bell peppers
* 1/4 cup of rice flour
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
* 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
* 1 1/3 pounds raw shrimp
* 2 tablespoons canola oil
* 2 jalapeno peppers
1. Whisk together the lemon juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar in a large bowl until the sugar dissolves. Add the cabbage and bell peppers. Stir.
2. Combine rice flour, salt, pepper, and 5-spice powder in medium bowl. Add and coat the shrimp in the mixture. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook, making sure to stir. It should take 4 minutes, until the shrimp are pink. Add the jalapeños and cook until the shrimp are cooked through. This should take another minute. Serve in combination with the salad from step 1.
As you can see, Chinese cuisine doesn’t have to be complicated. Have fun!