Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice

Enjoy this tasty fried rice. The key ingredients are Thai basil and fish sauce, a great combination of pungent flavor and saltiness.

1/2 cup ground chicken
3 cups leftover cold rice
A handful Thai basil leaves
1 green onion, finely chopped
2 gloves garlic, minced
2 dried chili peppers, broke in half and seeds removed
1 1/2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 lime

1. Heat up a pan to high heat, and add oil. Sauté chicken for about 2 minutes or till the meat turns brown.
2. Add garlic, chili pepper, a half of the basil leaves, and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Mix together and cook about 15 seconds.
3. Add rice in, and stir fry about 3 minutes.
4. Add 1 teaspoon soy sauce and 2 tablespoons fish sauce, and mix well. Top with green onion and rest of the basil leaves. Cook about 10 seconds. Serve with lime on the side.

Suggested servings: 3

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Cucumber Salad

Can it be easier than making cucumber salad? It is super simple but refreshing. Kirby cucumbers are very crispy. Enjoy!

2 Kirby cucumbers (or 1 medium regular cucumber)
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 garlic clove, minced (skip it if you can’t eat raw garlic)
2 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil

1. Remove the ends of cucumbers, and cut them in half lengthwise. Slice into about 1/4 of an inch thick.
2. Put cucumbers in a bowl. Add salt, garlic, sugar, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Toss.
3. Place the salad in the refrigerator and chill for about 5 minuets. Serve.

Suggested servings: 2

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Chicken and Green Peppers Stir Fry

If you lose your appetite in the summer, I hope this dish helps. You may use pork or beef to your liking. If you can’t take the heat from the green peppers, substitute with bell peppers. Serve it with rice, and enjoy!

1 chicken breast, cut into thin strips or slices
2 green peppers, removed seeds and cut into thin strips
1 green onions, cut into pieces
2 gloves garlic, roughly chopped
5 thin slices of ginger
White pepper powder
Corn starch
Light soy sauce
Canola or vegetable oil

1. Season the chicken in a bowl with some salt, sugar, white pepper powder, 1 teaspoon corn starch and 1 teaspoon oil. Mix well and set aside for a few minutes before cooking.
2. Heat up a pan to high heat, and add about 1 teaspoon oil. Sauté garlic and ginger a bit, and then add chicken. Stir the chicken while breaking up till meat turns all white. Set aside.
3. Add 1/2 teaspoon oil, and sauté the peppers with a pinch of salt till they turn a bit brown.
4. Add chicken back to the pan and stir fry. Top with green onions, and finish with 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Serve.

Suggested servings: 2

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Sesame Noodles

Who doesn’t like noodles? Enjoy these tasty and delightful sesame noodles especially for the summer. You may have for lunch or as an appetizer for dinner. The sauce is the key, but very easy to make. Enjoy!

1/4 pound of fresh or dried noodles, or pasta, cooked edentate and rinsed with cold water
1 green onion, finely chopped
1/4 of a cucumber, thinly sliced ( or bean spouts)

For the sauce:
2 teaspoons of sesame paste
1 and 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons light soy sauce
4 teaspoons water

Suggested servings: 2

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Steamed Eggs with Soy Milk

This is a homey and nutritious dish that I grew up with. It’s normally made of eggs and water mixture, but I use soy milk instead. You may have it for breakfast or serve with rice.

2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups of soy milk
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce

1. Beat the eggs in a bowl, then add soy milk and mix well. Add salt.
2. Filter the mixture with a strainer into a bowl.
3. Place the mixer in a steamer when water boils, leaving the lid open a little bit while steaming. Steam about 20 minutes over medium low heat.
4. Garnish with green onions, and dress with sesame oil and soy sauce. Serve.

Suggested servings: 3

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