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Italian Vinaigratte & Japanese Soy Sauce Dressing

I never bought salad dressings. I make it on my own. Italian Vinaigrette is my favorite. It is simple and delicious, not to mention healthy. Simple mix white vinegar and extra virgin olive oil at 1:3 ratio. Then add salt, pepper and any spice of your choice such as thymes. Shake well. You are ready to go.

If you feel like having Japanese food. You can make your own Japanese soy sauce dressings, too. Using the Italian vinaigrette made earlier, add soy sauce (1 portion), sesame oil (0.5 portion) and sesame seeds. You can also add mayo. That last ingredient is absolutely optional, though. It is that simple.

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Pickled Lettuce

Chinese people especially in the south eat plain boiled rice with some vegetables for dinner. My family also inherit this lifestyle for our chinese ancestors. I got to eat a lot of this menu when I was young.

Pickled lettuce can be bought in can from the supermarket. You simply have to spice it up with chilli and lime juice. Don’t forget to chill it before serving. It will be much tastier.

Ingredients:

  • Caned Pickled lettuce
  • Red chilli, chopped
  • Red onions, chopped
  • Fish sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • Lime juice, 2 tablespoons
  • Coriander leaves, for decoration
  • Some sugar
  • Boiled rice, 1 cup

Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients, mix them well and chill them in the fridge
  2. Serve with boiled rice

 

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Salmon Teppanyaki

Everyone loves Salmon. The fish also has big health benefits. It’s loaded with tons of omega 3 fatty acid which helps prevent cardio vascular diseases. It is recommended that one eat salmon 1-2 meals per week.

Ingredients:

  • Salmon fillet
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • fish stock, 1/4 cup
  • sake, 2 table spoons
  • Garlics, 1-2 gloves, chopped
  • Olive oils, 2 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper

Steps:

  1. season salmon with salt and pepper for 10 minutes before cooking
  2. pan fry the salmon on olive oil at medium heat for at 12 minutes or until cooked
  3. stir fry chopped cabbage and carrots on olive oil and chopped garlic. Add fish stock, salt, pepper and sake to season it.
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Boiled Rice with Sea Bass

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

What could be as convenient to prepare as a grilled cheese sandwich? All ingredients can be bought at the convenient store around the corner and can also be kept in the fridge for a long time.

Do not use a toaster. Instead, use the pan to do the work. It is much tastier that way. Fry the toasts with butter, put the cheese on top and continue to heat until the cheese melts down. The bacon is totally optional. To make it a little healthier, use whole wheat bread instead of the white one.

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Dan Dan Noodle

Dan Dan Mian was originated in China. It is one of the easiest noodle recipe to prepare at home, because it uses minced pork as the key protein. My own recipe is quite different from the convention. I like to eat it without soup.

You can buy chilli oil from supermarket, but you can also make it at home. It’s simple. Simply pour boiling oil into minced dried red hot chilli. You can add some herbs such as Chinese sichuan pepper along with some salt, but that is totally optional.

Ingredients:

  • Egg noodle
  • Minced pork
  • Ground peanuts
  • Chopped spring onions
  • minced garlics
  • vegetable oil
  • Chilli oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar, MSG (optional)

Steps

  • Boil and drain minced pork. Seasoned with soy sauce and chilli oil.
  • Put vegetable oil on the pan at medium heat. Add chopped garlics and stir until golden brown.
  • Boil and drain egg noodle (about 45 sec)
  • Combine all ingredients together in a bowl
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Roasted Chicken on Watercrest

I got the idea from listening to an interview with Micheal Pollan. The host asked him what his ultimate recipe is. He answered that he did not have one, because to have a recipe that you eat too often is agianst his recommendation. But to think of favorite recipe, the one comes to mind is the roasted chicken sitting on top of some vegetables. I tried to imagine what it would be like and came up with is menu.

Steps:

  1. Marinade chicken thigh with pepper, olive oil, chopped garlics and chopped coriander root (optional) in the fridge for at least 20 minutes; Later if you want to store the chicken in the freezer for future use, defrost it completely before use. (this is important!)
  2. Slice potatoes and season them with salt and olive oil.
  3. Put marinaded chicken thigh and potatoes on the oven at 225 C for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve them with watercrest and vanaigrette.