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Friday, June 4, 2010

Fried Rice and Beef Stir Fry

G'day sweet friends and welcome to Natasha in Oz! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me in my little corner of the world Down Under!

Last night we had one of our family favourites for dinner-fried rice and stir fried beef.

 
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I love cooking Asian food as it is generally quick to cook, nutritious and delicious and fried rice is the easiest dish of them all!

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It is so easy to throw some left over rice together with some bacon, eggs and anything else you might want to add! The recipe I use comes from my mum and grandmother. They are both fabulous cooks with a Eurasian background. They have lived in Malaysia and Singapore so they know how to cook authentic Asian cuisine.

Ask them for a recipe though, and you are in for a hard time getting any sense out of them...."you just need a bit of this and a bit of that..." I am sure we all know some cooks like this! I have found that the only way I can get a proper recipe from them is to sit and watch them cook and write down everything as they go!

Today I want to share their fried rice and beef stir fry recipes.


To make their version of fried rice you will need:

vegetable oil, 2 large free-range eggs,

11/2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger, 1 garlic clove, crushed,


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1 medium-sized brown onion, finely diced,

some roughly chopped rindless bacon rashers and some Chinese sausage or LUP CHEONG,

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3-4 cups cooked medium-grain white rice,1 tablespoon oyster sauce,1 cup finely sliced spring onions (scallions),

3 teaspoons Maggi seasoning,1/4 teaspoon sesame oil,


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2 spring onions (scallions), finely sliced on the diagonal and 1/4 cup light soy sauce.

To make the rice, heat the oil in a hot wok or fry pan and stir-fry the ginger and garlic for about 1 minute. Add the onion and stir-fry for another minute, or until lightly browned and tender. Add the bacon and Chinese sausage and stir-fry for a further minute, or until lightly browned. Break the eggs into the pan, let them cook for a minute then mix in with the other ingredients.


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Finally, add rice, Soy sauce, oyster sauce, Maggi seasoning and sesame oil.


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Stir for about 5 minutes, or until rice is heated through. Add some frozen peas and anything else you might like to add; prawns, ham, corn...


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Now to the beef stir fry!

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You will need:

300 g beef strips that have been marinated in about 2 tablespoons of soy, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, a splash of Chinese cooking wine or sherry and about 1 tablespoon of corn starch,

some sliced red peppers/capsicums,

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1 onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 small red chili, chopped

5 cm knob of ginger, smashed!

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2 tbs of oyster sauce and/or stir fry sauce

2 tbs of dark soy

1 tbs of light soy

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To make the beef stir fry, heat some oil in your pan and fry the garlic, ginger, onion and chilli for about a minute. Then add the marinated meat and fry for another minute. Finally, add the capsicum and then thicken the sauce with some corn starch mixed with water and some extra dark soy....these instructions are a bit vague but I didn't quite see how much was used...sorry!


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When serving this dish I always top it with some toasted sesame seeds.

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Now, how's that for a quick and healthy dinner!

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Again, you can add anything else to the stir fry, like broccoli, beans, carrot sticks...whatever!

Next time I hope to share a curry dish with you. It is Winter here in Australia so it is definitely the right weather for a hot curry!

Thank you so much for visiting today and Happy Foodie Friday! I hope that you all have a fabulous foodie weekend!

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz 
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34 comments:

  1. Lucky you having a Mum and Grandmother who can pass on these recipes! It looks delicious and it's lunchtime and I'm starving. Yum!

    I think I'm going to get those Blum plate holders from your last post!

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  2. Yum! This dish looks great! I love stir fried beef!

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  3. We are definitely trying this recipe! The kids will love this! Your pictures are awesome and great tutorial!
    2 years ago we had an exchange student for a year from S. Korea. He taught us so much about Asian cooking! Your dish looks perfect :)
    Wendy

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  4. The dish looks amazing, adding sesame seeds really adds a special touch to it.

    I've never tried stir-frying bacon before, so I might have to give this a shot :)

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  5. Oh my goodness, that looks incredible! I am always looking for new recipes! I have to try that one! I never would have thought to put in bacon and eggs but I love the combination!

    Have a great Friday!
    Brenda

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  6. This is different than my typical stir fry...love it.My family would really enjoy this too. Tickled pink will be up soon!

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  7. HELLO!! Oh my, this makes my mouth water, I can smell the garlic and the beed cooking. YOU are one humdinger of a cook. Can I book reservations for dinner? Yum...

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  10. Natasha, now you made my mouth watering! we love fried rice, and normally we cook them anytime we like coz like you said, it was the simplest and easiet dish to cook! my kids would love with sausages and chicken bites..

    my kids also love fried rice chinese style and also the one with shrimp paste, the malay style.. just tasty also..


    and the stir fry is our fave too! we love ours in black pepper sauce!

    btw which part of Malaysia do your grandma and mother stayed before? coz I am from Malaysia.

    happy friday and have a good weekend!

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  11. Hello Natasha!

    What a tasty & well flavoured dish!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...lovely food!

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    Thank you so much :)

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  13. I love beef stir fry! It looks delicious!

    Found you on Trendy and now following. :)

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  14. Oh, yum! I love Asian food! This looks amazing!

    Have a great weekend!
    Sherry

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  15. Looks good!!

    I am a new follower!! Happy Friday!!

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  16. Looks good!!

    I am a new follower!! Happy Friday!!

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  17. I love the photo of the ginger root. Not the point of the post, I know, but I had to tell you.

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  18. What a wonderful meal you have made! You have a few ingredients in those yummy recipes that I can't find in my land-locked, mostly Latin-influenced small town in Arizona, but I would sure love to taste it as you made it!!!

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  19. I love the photo of the ginger root. Not the point of the post, I know, but I had to tell you.

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  20. Your stir fry recipe looks so yum!
    Have a great weekend!

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  21. Mmm, hot curry, that sounds delicious! Even though it's summer here, that still makes my mouth water!

    Natasha, thanks for the kind words and prayers for my mom. She's making progress in her recovery and I truly believe much of it is because so many wonderful people like you are praying for her. Have a great weekend!

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  22. I am SO hungry now! That looks totally beautiful!

    Just stopping in and looking around from Follow Friday! And just became your newest follower! Yea! Hope you stop by and return the favor!

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  23. Natasha,
    Should have looked at this post when I wasn't so hungry--I'm drooling. This looks like such healthy eating and easy to do. Thanks for the great ideas.

    Happy weekend,
    Debi

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  24. Natasha, Your beef fried rice sounds so wonderfully delicious! Your presentation in the blue and white dish looks amazing! I would so love to jump through the screen and take a bite! Yum!

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  26. Whoa, that looks yummy. Esp. the drool-inducing close up with rice! It's 4:52am here...too early for this?

    ~Lamb

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  27. Hi Natasha, that sounds so yummy, I am drooling now. I have to go to the store and to buy all that nice things to make it here.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  28. What a delicious dinner you have prepared! Off to Asia - out of your kitchen.

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    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    Alison

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  31. Natasha, We just went out tonight for a chinese buffet because I'm too lazy to do all that! But you made it look workable so I might try it. I love fried rice.
    I enjoyed the post.

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  32. you could have your own cooking
    show, because your descriptions
    and photos are so perfect.

    and now, i'm starving!

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  33. Natasha~
    You have no idea how hungry you made me! Thanks looks delicious! Yum. I think my family needs a good stir fry tonight.

    Kate
    PS- and sometimes in various books that I have read, they talk about their "bacon rashers." Our bacon comes packaged differently, so it was fun to see "bacon rashers!" Thanks!

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  34. BooM...I just saw fireworks! This looks sooooo good. Thanks for sharing.

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