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Steamed White Rice - for a family of 4

2 cups long grain rice
4 cups water

Put all ingredients in saucepan with lid, bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Heat has to be low or the rice will stick to the bottom of saucepan. It’s even ok to reduce boiling time and just let the rice stand in the covered saucepan for a few minutes. 


Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes


3 tomatoes
1/2 tsp. spring onion, shredded
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt, or to taste
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
4 tbsp vegetable oil


1. Drop the tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove, drain, and peel. Cut in half, and chop coarsely.

2. Beat the eggs with the 1/4 tsp. salt.

3. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a wok over high heat until the oil surface ripples . Pour in the eggs and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from the wok and place in a dish. Add the other 2 tbsp of oil to the wok and reheat until very hot. Add the spring onion and stir-fry for a few seconds. Then add the tomato, the remaining salt, sugar. Stir-fry about 30 seconds, then return the scrambled eggs to the wok . Stir to blend, remove, and serve. 

Chan’s 5 Minute Leftover Fried Rice


Half an onion finely chopped 
2 cloves of garlic chopped
2 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger
1 whole red pepper finely chopped
3 rashers of bacon finely chopped
2 cups of leftover cooked rice (long grain or basmati)
Dark Soya sauce 
Tablespoon of Oil          


1. Heat oil and add onions, garlic until golden brown. 
2. Add ginger and stir until you can smell the fragrance of ginger. 
3. Add bacon and red pepper and mix thoroughly (you can also include mixed vegetables). 
4. Now add the rice and mix well until it is hot. 
5. Add dark soya sauce until the mixture turns brown. 
6. Garnish with parsley.

Rice Ball   Great for lunch box!
Preparation time 10min. makes for 2people.

• Bowl of cooked rice. (cool down)
• Can of oil tuna. (drained) or chopped ham.
• Two teaspoon of mayonnaise.
• Salt and pepper.
• Some sesame seed.
• Chopped pickle (optional)

• Bring all the ingredients together and mix well.
• Use your hands to make into a shape.
• Wrap with Glad wrap tightly.

*Tip. This is great for left over rice. 
  You can use what is available for the ingredients and just mix with mayonnaise.


Quick Instant Noodle Dish
Preparation time 10min. makes for 2-3people.

• Chopped carrots, capsicum, onion.
• Some seafood (prawn, mussel) or
• Sliced Meat (beef or chicken).
• Oyster sauce.

• Boil the noodle for 2min(without soup stock). Drain well and set aside.
• Fry the meat or seafood then put vegetables.
• Mix all the ingredients with oyster sauce.

 *Tip. Add some chilli powder if desirable.

Japanese Curry
This is an easy recipe that all of the family should enjoy as it is very mild.


500g of casserole steak
1 chopped onion
3-5 potatoes
2 sliced carrots
1 block of mild Japanese curry paste (this is available from some super markets in the international section or from the Asian food warehouse)


Dice steak, fry in a little oil until brown, add onion stir and add 2 cups of water; Simmer for at least 1 hour, add peeled diced potatoes and carrots, simmer for a further ½ - 1 hour until meat is tender. Add more water as required. At the end just add the curry block, bring to boil until thickened, serve over white steamed rice. 

Beef Stir-fry (Bulgogi): 

Ingredients (4 servings)

Beef (steak) 600g, 
onions, scallions, garlic
8 Tbs of Soy sauce, 
3 Tbs of sugar, 
1 Tbs of crushed sesame salt
2 Tbs of sesame seed oil, 
1 Tbs ground black pepper,
1 Tbs molasses (optional)
1.5 Tbs rice wine


1. Slice the meat thinly against the grain and marinate them in the rice wine and sugar for about 30 mins
2. Mix the soy sauce with minced garlic, scallions, crushed sesame salt, ground pepper and sesame oil
3. Pour the soy souce mixture over the marinated meat. make sure the soy sauce is mixed evenly with the meat.
4. Place the meat on a frying pan and cook over high heat
5. When the meat is almost fully cooked, add the sliced onions and mushrooms and cook until the meat is well done.


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