I spend an inordinate amount of time cooking for me.
Lil’ ol’ me.
This is a consequence of choosing to leave my very comfortable childhood home in Malaysia and settling down in Singapore because the job opportunities were better – HOWDAREME?!
But seriously, having come from a home where my mom made amazing food for a family meant that I only knew how to cook FOR A FAMILY.
Over time I’ve learned how to cook in batches, eat a lot of salads, freeze portions, etc.
Sometimes though you just want to make enough for the night and not have a bunch of stuff leftover that you have to heat up because microwaves are evil/you’re picky like that. I’m not picky like that but apparently OTHER people are.
This stir-fry is perfect for those nights when you want something warm, filling and spicy/flavorful/Asian yum.
Stuff – however much you want of any ingredient
Brown rice, precooked
Celery, cut into matchsticks
Carrots, cut into matchsticks
Red pepper, cut into long thin strips
Protein accompaniment, tofu/chicken – precooked and cut into cubes
1 knob of ginger, pounded
1 garlic clove, smashed
2 Tbsps oyster sauce
1 tsp garlic chili sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water
Heat oil in a non-stick pan large enough for all your stuff over a medium to low flame.
Put the celery, carrots, red pepper and onions in the pan and fry for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While you’re doing this, prep the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl except the cornstarch and water.
Mix the cornstarch and water separately in another bowl till the cornstarch dissolves.
Add the cornstarch + water mixture to the other sauce ingredients and stir till combined.
Pour over the stir-fried veggies. Stir until a bit thicker about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Add the pre-cooked rice and protein accompaniment.
Increase the flame to medium and stir for 1 to 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and EAT!
*The sauce recipe is for a very reasonable amount of stuff meant for one person only. Adjust if serving a crowd.