Another Chinese Quickie

22 Sep

I’ve been a tad bit busier this week (and having a headache last night didn’t help either), so here’s another simple Chinese meal that I threw together. Honestly, this was one of those nights where I really didn’t feel like being extremely fancy shmancy or creative, but just wanted something that was presentable and eatable (thanks to the headache). The secret, as I’ve learned, is to prep/marinate/cut everything beforehand, and not to turn on your stove till everything is done. It’s just like the cooking shows, everything’s already laid out for you, which makes everything go by a LOT faster. So without further ado, I present to you another 30 minute meal: ground turkey mapo tofu and string beans with beef.

Marinate the ground turkey with salt, pepper, garlic powder and some hot sauce (optional). Cook the meat till it’s browned, add in a package of mapo tofu sauce and let it simmer, add in tofu and peas (optional), let it simmer again and voila!

Heat ~1 Tbp of oil in pan and throw in garlic (make sure it doesn’t brown), throw in string beans, add some water and throw in a dab of sugar. Wait till water evaporates or string beans are cooked to your liking (whatever comes first), add oyster sauce – by this time, most of the water should have evaporated and there should only be a bit of sauce in the pan. In the meantime, stir fry beef (I just bought a sirloin tip and sliced it up), marinate with salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and soy sauce. After beef is medium rare, throw in with string beans and mix.

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