The best thing about living in London or any big city is definitely having friends from different nationalities and backgrounds. My Swiss- Chinese friend Julian (btw he is very British as he grew up in Cambridge) invited me over to his place for dinner for some authentic chinese food, but the best part was he actually did all the cooking in front of me – yay! The minute I entered his flat I got the smell you get in a really good chinese restaurant and thats when I knew the food is going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Here’s the menu, which was so simple to make but equally delicious. He made all three of them in less than 20 minutes and I am not even joking, never knew cooking such delicious chinese food would be so simple.
1. Beef Stir Fry – 7 minutes
Shredded Beef – 300 grams
Light Soya Sauce – 3 table spoons
Sesame Oil – 2 Table spoons
1 red Onion (Big one)
1 tea spoon cornflower
1 table spoon oyster sauce
2 table spoon rice wine
Shred the beef into really small pieces so that it gets cooked easily and marinade them with soya sauce, rice wine, oyster sauce, cornflower and sesame oil. Ideally leave them over night but its not essential.
Then fry some red onions in sesame oil, but not much because you want them to be crunchy.
Add the beef and cook them for about 5 minutes – Ta -da your beef stir fry is ready! As simple as it gets.
2. Spanish Omelet with a Chinese twist – 5 minutes
1 tablespoon Winter Cabbage (Magic Ingredient)
Chilly Oil (My addition, because I feel it will enhance the taste)
Salt and Pepper
Spring Onions (Chopped)
Heat the oil and add all the ingredients like you would for a regular Omelet and you have an exotic omelet ready – trust me it tastes absolutely delicious!
Serve it with some chilly sauce or sweet chilly sauce (whichever you prefer)
3. Stir fried beans (3-4 minutes)
Sesame Oil – half table spoon
Fresh Green Beans
Salt and Pepper
Heat the oil and add the beans to it, let it cook for about a 30 seconds.
Then sprinkle water and put a lid on top of it (I have been told, this is the trick to make the best beans), let it cook for about 2 minutes
Add soya sauce, salt and pepper and serve them HOT!
There you have 3 simple but authentic chinese recipes, so go get the magic ingredients from your local oriental supermarket and get cooking!