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Batter for Anything

Ingredients:

  • Water 400 mls
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Salt

  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (peanut or any other)
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper

  • 2/5 cup of cornflour

  • 3/5 cup of self raising flour

You judge about the amount required to make thin batter - it will swell a lot when cooking.



Flour Batter for Fish

1 plastic bag and self-raising/plain flour
Shake fish pieces in plastic bag.
Spray lite canola oil in hot pan.
Turn fish once only till crisp.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Ingredients:

  • Pineapple pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
  • 300 ml sugar
  • 300 ml vinegar
  • 200 ml hot water
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red food colouring

  • 1/8 teaspoon of yellow food colouring

  • Thicken with cornflour / cold water


Marinades

Chicken

Cut up large chicken.
Soak in the following marinade for at least 20 minutes:
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate

  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper

  • 1/2 tablespoon of sesame oil

  • 25 ml of water
  • 1 tablespoon of cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon of wine (optional).

Meat

This is based on - 11/2 Kilogram of meat


Soak in the following marinade for at least 20 minutes:
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper

  • 2 tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of cornflour
  • 400 mls of water

Seafood

This is based on - 11/2 Kilogram of seafood


Soak in the following marinade for at least 20 minutes:
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 clove of garlic

  • small amount i.e. a pinch of ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt

  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper

  • 2 tablespoons of cornflour



Fish Marinade

Soak fish in the following for 2 hours to 1 day:
  • Lemon squeeze or juice
  • Ginger crushed or powder
  • Garlic crushed or powder
  • Small amount of sesame oil
Throw straight onto B.B.Q, or hot plate.
Spray hotplate with oil
Only turn once.
SERVE!

Meat Marinade

Soak meat in the following for 2 hours to 1 day:
  • Sesame oil
  • Sugar
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Water
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Soy Sauce
Throw straight onto B.B.Q, or hot plate.
Spray hotplate with oil
Only turn once.
SERVE!

Rice

Fried Rice

Ingredients: Have each ingredient in a separate bowl:

  • 1 egg per person
  • Yellow colouring
  • Reduced salt soy sauce
  • Diced ham
  • Shallots (angle sliced)
  • Oil (any kind you prefer)
  • Sesame oil
    Optionals (diced)
  • Prawns
  • Garlic
  • Chicken
  • Ginger
  • Pork
  • Peas ...etc.
Rice: Cook ordinary rice, rinse in cold water, drain, leave in fridge for 3 hours (this gets rid of moisture). Methodology: Have all the ingredients ready in bowls:
Do the following very quickly - stay at the stove - heat the wok or frying pan - very hot.
Add 2 tablespoons of oil
Add the egg(s)
Brown 1 side
Take out and slice, and place into a spare large bowl.

Add 1 tablespoon of oil and 2 teaspoons of sesame oil to the wok / frying pan.
Add the ham and optionals to wok / frying pan
Keep turning
When cooked place in to a spare bowl
Keep it warm (put a lid on it)

Add 2 tablespoons of oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to the wok / frying pan.
Add the rice - constantly turn it so it does not stick.
When very hot add the ham/egg mix back in
Keep turning the mix
Add the soy sauce (about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon)


Add the shallots
SERVE!



Sate Mixture

Ingredients:
  • 1 bottle of sate
  • 1 can (400 ml) curry gravy
Mix together and use as you wish.

Lemon Sauce

Ingredients:
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 100 mls sugar
  • 150 mls chicken stock
  • 100 mls vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon jam (either available from a Chinese shop, or use lemon marmalade)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt


    Optional:
  • A couple of drops of lemon essence.
  • A couple of drops of yellow food colouring.
Methodology:
Boil slowly for 5 to 10 minutes.
Pour through colander - throw away peels etc.
Put back on heat - thicken with cornflour / cold water when you have your meal ready.
Use for crumbed chicken, or fish.




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