One Pot Wonders Part 1
Secondary CNET Kate Kennedy delves into one-pot Hong Kong cooking
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:
- 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.
- Pour over the stock. Make sure it covers the pasta at least and that most of the ingredients can be pushed down into it.
- Cover and bring to the boil.
- Once boiling, turn the heat down so it simmers and make sure you stir it now and then so the pasta doesn’t stick.
- After around 5 minutes of simmering, remove the lid and stir until the stock has gone.
- 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
How to cook:
- In a jar, mix the stock cube into the water with the Oyster Sauce, Soy and Sesame Oil. Shake until well combined.
- In the cooker, combine the rice, the cubed chicken and ginger together.
- Pour the stock mixture on top of the rice and chicken.
- 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.
- Place on cook until the rice and chicken cook or until the cooker turns off.
- 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:
- Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce, garlic and brown sugar in a bowl or jar.
- Add the beef and half of this mix into a plastic sandwich bag and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. .
- While the beef marinades, bring a pan to boil and cook your noodles for 8-10 minutes. Drain and leave to the side
- Stir-fry the beef with peppers and broccoli until cooked. Add the remaining sauce to the pan.
- Add the noodles back to the mixture and warm (alternatively, you could fry up some leftover rice in the pan instead).