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Archive for July, 2009

30

Jul

2009

Chicken With Broccoli

What can I say…an American favorite!


1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts (about 2 half breasts)
½ pound fresh broccoli
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
¼ cup chicken broth
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar

Marinade:
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry wine
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil

Preparation:
Slice the 2 half chicken breasts lengthwise in half then crosswise cut into ¼ inch thin pieces. Crush, peel and finely chop the garlic. In a bowl, combine chicken pieces with the marinade ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and set aside. Wash and cut broccoli into small florets. Peel tough outer membrane of the broccoli stems and slice into ¼ inch thin bite-size pieces.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the marinated chicken into wok. Cook and stir for approximately 3 minutes until the chicken is almost cooked through. Transfer chicken to a bowl.

Add broccoli and ¼ cup of chicken broth into wok. Stir-fry until the broccoli is cooked but still crunchy for approximately 2 minutes. Add cooked chicken into wok, mix well with broccoli. Add ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon sugar to wok. Stir-fry for another minute longer. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 to 20 minutes
Cooking time: 6 minutes


23

Jul

2009

Summer Spicy Noodles

Summer is in full swing and the last thing I want to do on a hot day is slave over a hot stove! Cold noodles make for a great summer time dish. Served them room temperature or chilled. These noodles go well with any BBQ meat entrée.


½ package thin spaghetti (8 oz.)
6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt for boiling the spaghetti
1 small carrot
½ English cucumber

Sauce:
3 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter (Skippy brand)
2 teaspoons pure sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried crushed red chili peppers

Preparation:
Peel and slice carrot diagonally into ¼ inch thin pieces and then cut into strips. Put in a small bowl and set aside. Wash (do not peel) the cucumber, slice diagonally into ¼ inch thin pieces and then cut into strips. Put in a small bowl and set aside. Crush, peel and finely mince the garlic. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.

To Cook:
In a medium size pot, bring 6 cups water to a boil over high heat. Break the spaghetti in half and place into the boiling water. Add salt and stir well. Boil uncovered for approximately 8 minutes while stirring occasionally. Drain the cooked spaghetti through a colander and drain well (do not rinse with cold water), put in a large bowl and set aside.

In a small sauce pan, bring the sauce mixture to boil over medium-high heat and boil for just a few seconds. Remove  from heat. Pour sauce over spaghetti in bowl. Toss, mix well together and let the noodles rest in the bowl for at least 10 minutes. The noodles will expand just a bit and the sauce will adheres to the noodles. Toss the noodles again before serving. You can also refrigerate and serve cold. Sprinkle cucumber and carrot strips on top of the noodles to serve.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes


14

Jul

2009

Beef With Peanut Sauce

Ingredients as common to an American household as chunky peanut butter can be used to create fantastic dishes with a unique Asian flavor.

1 pound beef round steaks
4 stalks romaine lettuce
¼ cup roasted salted peanuts
1 tablespoon Canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a frying pan)

Marinade:
1 tablespoon soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry
1 tablespoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar

Sauce:
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons chunky peanut butter (We prefer Skippy brand)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon red hot chili oil

Preparation:
Slice beef against the grain into ¼ inch thick pieces. Cut pieces into 2 inch long strips. In a bowl, combine the beef strips with the marinade ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and set aside for at least 15 minutes. Wash the romaine lettuce and cut crosswise into ½ inch strips. Place ¼ cup of peanuts into a small plastic bag and crush them with a heavy knife. Set aside. Crush, peel and finely chop the garlic. In a small bowl combine the sauce ingredients. Mix until it resembles a thick paste. Set aside.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the marinated beef strips to wok. Stir-fry for approximately 2 to 3 minutes until the beef is medium rare. Add sauce, cook and stir for another minute. Serve hot on a bed of romaine lettuce strips and sprinkle with crushed peanuts on top.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes


9

Jul

2009

Combination Fried Rice

This one hearty dish can be served as an entire meal!

6 cups cooked rice
4 oz. boneless and skinless chicken breast
4 oz. lean beef (sirloin or flank steak)
4 oz. small or medium size raw shrimp
3 eggs
2 scallions, including the green top
¾ cup frozen peas and carrots
2 tablespoons Canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 teaspoons pure sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt

Marinade:
1 tablespoon rice or cooking sherry wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar

Preparation:
Cut chicken breast into ½ inch small cubes. Slice beef against the grain into ¼ inch thick and 1 inch long pieces. Peel and devein shrimp. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. If using medium size shrimp, just cut them in half. In a bowl, mix chicken, beef and shrimp with the marinade ingredients together thoroughly and set aside. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Wash and trim the green onions, finely chop.

To Cook:
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, pour in the beaten eggs and lightly scramble until firm. Transfer the cooked eggs into a bowl. Add another 1 tablespoon of oil into the wok or pan. When the oil is hot, brown onions for a few seconds. Add marinated chicken, beef and shrimp into the wok. Stir-fry for approximately 2 minutes until the chicken, beef and shrimp are almost cooked. Add peas and carrots, cooked eggs and stir-fry for another minute. Add cooked rice, soy sauce, sesame oil and salt into wok. Mix all ingredients together. Cook and stir for approximately 2 more minutes. Serve hot.

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes


1

Jul

2009

Hot and Spicy Potato Strips

I have fond memories of Hot and Spicy Potato Strips while growing up. They are not exactly the American French fry but rather used as one of our vegetable side dishes at home in China. You can make them mild or hot but as a family, we prefer hot! Why not serve with hamburgers and hot dogs during this weekend’s Fourth of July celebration!


2 large size russet potatoes (about 1-½ pounds)
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
1 teaspoon dried crushed red chili peppers
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar

Preparation:
Wash and peel the potatoes. Slice the potatoes lengthwise into ¼ inch thick pieces. Crosswise cut the potatoes into ¼ inch thick strips.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot. Brown crushed red chili peppers for a few seconds. Add potato strips, cook and stir for about 3 minutes. Lower heat to medium. Add water, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, salt, and sugar to wok. Cook and stir constantly for 6 to 7 minutes. The potato strips should be tender and slightly crispy. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 6 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

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