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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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