Here are some suggestions on how to cook simple meals. They are suitable for busy families or students studying away from home. See my older posts for more recipes posted earlier.
1) Steamed Chicken. (Easy and healthy)
You can chicken thighs (with bones or boneless) or chicken wings or even chicken breast. If you use boneless meat the cooking time is about 10-15 minutes, and 5 minutes longer if not deboned.
There are many different types of seasoning you can use. Try different types so you won't get bored eating the same dish over and over again.
a) sesame oil and salt
b) black soy sauce, oyster sauce, pepper , sugar and salt
c) with mushroom and chinese sausage, oyster sauce, ginger and salt
d) salt, black fungus and dried lily bulbs
e) lime juice, tomyam paste (or cubes crushed and mixed with a little water)
f) chopped garlic, ginger, chilly, bean paste and sugar
If you have a multi-tiered steamer, you can even steam some vegetables together. The cooking time for vegetables varies so you ahve to add the vegetables at an appropriate time.
2. Stir-fry Chicken.
a) Stir fried Boneless Chicken Thighs With Black Pepper Sauce
Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and marinate with soy sauce, corn flour. Heat some oil in the wok, add some chopped garlic and fry till fragrant but not brown. Add the chicken and stir until cooked. Add the black pepper paste, mix well and dish out. You can use different paste, like sweet sour paste, lemon sauce or tomyam paste.
b) Gong Po Chicken
Cut the chicken meat into bite size pieces and marinate with soy sauce, black soy sauce and corn flour. Heat some oil in the wok, add some dried chilli, chopped garlic and fry till fragrant but not brown. Add the chicken and stir until cooked. Add a little water and stir untila thick gravy is formed.
c) Sesame Oil Chicken.
Marinate the chicken (boneless or with bone) with soy sauce and black sauce and oyster sauce. Heat some sesame oil in the wok. Add ginger slices or shreds and fry till fragrant then add chopped garlic and fry. Add the chicken and stir fry. Add water and simmer for 20 minutes for chicken with bones, 10 mins for boneless chicken.
d) Fried Chicken Thighs
Marinate the chicken (preferably boneless) with salt, sugar, sesame oil, pepper, a little black sauce and a dash of wine. Poke the chicken meat with a fork. Leave for an hour.
Pour some corn flour on a plate. Remove the chicken from the marinating bowl and put on the corn flour. Coat both sides and deep fry in oil. Heat the oil until bubbles form when a chopstick is dipped inside. Turn fire to medium or low and add the chicken. Boneless chicken easier to cook.
3. Curry Chicken
Just add water to ready made paste and boil the chicken pieces
4. Soy Sauce Chicken
marinate the chicken with 5 spice powder,black sauce, salt and sugar. Add garlic and heat the pot adding water and stirring occasionally until water just covers the chicken. Simmer for 20 minutes or until soft enough.
More fish dishes later.