Don’t know what to cook today? Fret not. We bring you three delectable recipes to refresh your taste buds.
1. Honey Grapes Illusion
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Mixing Time: 5 Minutes
½ cup black grapes
1 ½ cups water or soda
2 tbsp honey or to taste
1 tsp ginger juice
1 tsp lemon juice
As a mocktail or mid-day energy drink
- Put the black grapes along with soda/water, ginger juice, lemon juice and honey in a mixing jar.
- Blend together until smooth; add crushed ice, pour into two tall glasses; garnish with lemon wedges and serve chilled.
2. Szechwan Honey Vegetable Chopsuey
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes
2 cups stock/water
½ cup carrot juliennes
2 tsp cornflour paste
Oil to deep-fry
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp garlic, grated
2 tbsp spring onions, finely chopped
1 green chilli, chopped
½ cup mushrooms, sliced
½ cup French beans, trimmed, sliced
100g egg noodles, boiled and spread till dry
½ cup bean sprouts
½ cup pineapple, sliced
For the Seasoning and Sauce:
1 tbsp Szechwan sauce
1 ½ tsp Soya sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp vinegar
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
½ tsp red chilli flakes
- Heat enough oil in a wok to deep-fry the noodles until crisp and golden brown. Drain the extra oil on a kitchen paper and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a wok, stir-fry garlic, spring onions and green chillies for 2 minutes, then add the mushrooms, French beans, and carrots, stir-fry over medium heat for 3 minutes and then add the bean sprouts and pineapple. Mix well before adding all the sauces, seasoning and stock/water.
- Bring to boil, add the cornflour paste and cook till thick. Place the fried noodles in a shallow serving dish and pour the Szechwan honey vegetable mixture on the noodles and garnish with cabbage shreds. Serve hot with steamed rice.
3. Hainanese Chicken Rice
1 whole chicken
1 cabbage, roughly chopped
4 cups rice
1 cucumber, sliced on the diagonal into two-mm thick pieces
50g young ginger skinned
1 pod garlic, crushed
70ml sesame oil and light soy sauce
Green chilli and lemongrass, to taste
For the chicken:
- Bring water in a pot to boil and immerse chicken. Add two slices of ginger and crushed garlic clove. Turn off the flame once the water beings to simmer.
- Poach chicken for 20 minutes and reserve poaching liquid. Submerge chicken in cold water for two minutes, remove and pour on some light soy sauce and sesame oil. Set aside.
For the rice:
- Remove oil from poaching liquid and add more cooking oil.
- Sauté garlic and ginger with lemongrass, and add the rice. Pour sufficient water from poaching liquid to help the rice cook. Cover with foil.
For the soup:
Heat remaining poaching liquid to boil the cabbage. For the chilli sauce, purée chilli, garlic and ginger with water.
Also, try Fabulous Fish Recipes.