Taste of the East
Got a craving for Asian food? Forget the takeaway and have a go at creating your own exotic eastern cuisine
Every so often I get a real craving for Asian food. Of course, we all have the number of our local Asian takeaway and the easiest thing is to give them a call.
However, have you ever thought of trying to cook your own Asian food? I think that you will be pleasantly surprised how good it can taste when you cook it yourself.
Asian Coriander Chicken
>2 tbsp chopped coriander
>2 tbsp Asian fish sauce
>2 tsp ground pepper
>4 whole chicken legs
>4 tbsp fish sauce
>2 tbsp lime juice
>1 clove garlic, minced
>1 tsp chilli flakes
>2 tsp sugar
>1 tsp olive oil
>2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
>In a food processor, pulse marinade ingredients until well combined. Place the marinade and the chicken legs in a plastic container, shake and marinate for about 20 minutes.
>Combine all sauce ingredients.
> Preheat oven to 190°C.
> Heat a heavy pan with some extra olive oil and sauté chicken until browned on all sides, about 3 minutes per side.
> Transfer to oven and let cook for 15- 20 minutes until cooked through, then serve with the sauce.
Brown Fried Rice
>4 tbsp oil for stir-frying
>2 large eggs
>350g cold cooked brown rice
>1-2 tbsp light soy sauce
>1-2 scallions, chopped
>1 tsp salt
>Pepper to taste
>Heat a frying pan and add 2 tbsp oil.
>When the oil is hot, add the eggs.
>Cook, stirring, until they are lightly scrambled, but not too dry.
>Add 2 tbsp oil. Add the rice. Stir-fry for a few minutes, using a wooden spoon to break it apart.
>Stir in the soy sauce.
>When rice is hot enough to serve, stir in the scallions.
>Season and serve.
Stir Fry Ginger Bok Choy
>1 tbsp olive oil
>2 cloves garlic, minced
>1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
>3 heads fresh bok choy
>2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
>Salt and black pepper
>Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
>Add garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute.
>Add bok choy and soy sauce.
>Cook for 3-5 minutes, until greens are wilted and stalks are crisp but tender.
>Season with salt and pepper.