Easy protein + veg stir-fry

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I spend an inordinate amount of time cooking for me.

Myself.

Moi.

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.

Stuffhowever much you want of any ingredient
Brown rice, precooked
Celery, cut into matchsticks
Carrots, cut into matchsticks
Red pepper, cut into long thin strips
Onion, sliced
Oil
Protein accompaniment, tofu/chicken – precooked and cut into cubes

Sauce
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.

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