Fried rice with bok choy and minced beef + fried rice tips

Fried rice is nutritious and quick to make. It is among the first dishes I have ever made. You can get extremely creative with the ingredients. The base is always with cooked rice and eggs. Of course you can use other grains such as brown rice, black rice etc. Then, I add one type of vegetable and one type of meat and viola~ After stir frying all the ingredients, they are really to eat!

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Beef steamed eggs

I have seriously missed the taste of this. Every time I went to my grandparents, they always made this so nicely. It was such a simple and delicious dish that I encountered so often. Beef steamed egg, 肉饼子炖蛋, is usually present at cafeterias in Shanghai. I never knew this is a Shanghainese regional dish until now, which makes it even more special. The original recipe calls for minced pork, but minced pork is difficult to find in the Netherlands, so I will go with minced beef. This is equally delicious!

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Shanghainese cold noodle

In a hot summer day, something refreshing is the way to go. Cold noodles are popular around Asia and depending on the country and region, they are prepared differently. Various noodle types, toppings and sauce are assembled together to create the ultimate refreshing meal! In Korea, cold noodles are called Naengmyeon where traditionally, buckwheat noodles are served in a stainless-steel bowl with an iced broth, cucumbers, pickled radish, boiled egg and or  beef. In Japan, soba noodles are topped with green onions and dried seaweeds, severed separately with a dipping sauce. Mien tron, the Vietnamese take on cold noodles, uses glass noodles as the base and are stirred in with coriander, sweet onions, carrots and shrimps. In China, there are numerous delicious version of cold noodles. The famous ones are Liangpi from Shanxi, sesame cold noodles from Beijing, pulled-chicken spicy cold noodles from Sichuan and so on.

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Tea leaf eggs

Tea leaf eggs is a direct translation from the Chinese word 茶叶蛋, pronounced as, Cha Ye Dan. They are sold over the street venues and they are absolutely delicious, healthy, and good for gains! The eggs are often steep with black tea leaves, five spices and soy sauce. As they are steep with cracked shell, the sauce leaves marble patterns on the eggs. Because of this, they are also referred to as marbled eggs. Perhaps this can be your new Easter egg decoration?

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