One Pot Wonders Part 1

Secondary CNET Kate Kennedy delves into one-pot Hong Kong cooking

Tomato Pasta

This is the perfect pasta to batch cook lunches or as a quick dinner. This recipe is super simple and it can be adapted to make it as healthy and cheap as you want it to be. I have listed the basic recipe below but you can customise this with more veggies, meat or fish.

What you need: One large pan

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 6oz Spaghetti
  • 6oz of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • ½ an onion, cut into slices
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cups of Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • Basil, salt and pepper, and Parmasan

How to cook this beauty:
  1. Put all the ingredients in the pan – minus the cheese and the stock. You might want to snap your pasta in half to fit in nicely as you don’t want it poking out of the pan.
  2. Pour over the stock. Make sure it covers the pasta at least and that most of the ingredients can be pushed down into it.
  3. Cover and bring to the boil.
  4. Once boiling, turn the heat down so it simmers and make sure you stir it now and then so the pasta doesn’t stick.
  5. After around 5 minutes of simmering, remove the lid and stir until the stock has gone.
  6. Smother in cheese and enjoy!

Ginger Chicken and Rice

Investing in a rice cooker was one of the best decisions I made for cooking in Hong Kong, and with Wellcome selling them for only $100, they're also very affordable! Here’s a super tasty and healthy recipe to cook using one (technically a one-pot meal if your rice cooker has an extra layer to steam food):

What you need: Rice cooker

Ingredients (serves 2-3):
  • 1 large chicken stock cube or 1 tablespoon of Chicken Bouillion
  • 1 tablespoon of Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of Oyster Sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 pound of chicken, cubed
  • Half a piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • Broccoli or Pak Choi
  • Salt
How to cook:
  1. In a jar, mix the stock cube into the water with the Oyster Sauce, Soy and Sesame Oil. Shake until well combined.
  2. In the cooker, combine the rice, the cubed chicken and ginger together.
  3. Pour the stock mixture on top of the rice and chicken.
  4. If you have an additional layer in the cooker, put the broccoli in here to steam. If not, you can boil the broccoli in a pan of water.
  5. Place on cook until the rice and chicken cook or until the cooker turns off.
  6. Leave for 10/15 minutes to rest.

Sesame Soy Beef with Broccoli and Peppers

This is actually a recipe my NET (Native English Teacher) at school suggested. This one requires a bit more time as the meat needs to marinade but it’s super delicious and simple enough to make.

What you need: One large pan, plastic sandwich bags.

  • 3 tablespoons of Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Oyster sauce
  • 1 Garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 300g Beef Strips
  • 1 Pepper, sliced
  • 1 Broccoli, cut into florets
How to cook:
  1. Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce, garlic and brown sugar in a bowl or jar.
  2. Add the beef and half of this mix into a plastic sandwich bag and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. .
  3. While the beef marinades, bring a pan to boil and cook your noodles for 8-10 minutes. Drain and leave to the side
  4. Stir-fry the beef with peppers and broccoli until cooked. Add the remaining sauce to the pan.
  5. Add the noodles back to the mixture and warm (alternatively, you could fry up some leftover rice in the pan instead).


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