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Flaming Hot Chili Chicken Noodle Bowl With Broccolini And Straw Mushrooms

Meanwhile - in Florida..........BBQ Floridian Style

Meanwhile – in Florida……….BBQ Floridian Style

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If  you are not used to VERY hot food, don’t try these noodles !
If you love bland and boring noodle dishes, don’t try these noodles !
If you don’t want to open your mind and taste buds to new sensations, don’t try these noodles !
But, if you love the sensation of flaming hot (spicy) food and the incomparable mouthfeel you get when the pain of the first few spicy bites subside, to be replaced by the warm, slight numbness which can only be achieved by eating large numbers of chilies, then this dish is for you. (Think Szechuan hot pot)
While I don’t eat VERY spicy food as often as I used to, once in a while I need my fix, and today was the time to get it. 🙂
A wonderful dinner, a full belly and clear sinuses – another great and very enjoyable evening !
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Flaming Hot Chili Chicken Noodle Bowl With Broccoli And Straw Mushrooms

Flaming Hot Chili Chicken Noodle Bowl With Broccolini And Straw Mushrooms

 

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Flaming Hot Chili Chicken Noodle Bowl With Broccoli And Straw Mushrooms

Flaming Hot Chili Chicken Noodle Bowl With Broccolini And Straw Mushrooms

 

 

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Mongolian Beef

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Fact: Mongolian Beef is not Chinese food.
Fact: Mongolian Beef is not Mongolian food.
Fact: Mongolian Beef is an American creation from the 40’s.
Fact: Mongolian Beef can be pretty awful.
Fact: Mongolian Beef can be pretty good.
Fact: Mongolian Beef has a million and one recipes – different beef cuts, different vegetables, different sauce, etc.
Fact: Mongolian Beef  should contain beef strips and scallions stir fried in peanut oil and finished in a savory, spicy brown sauce.
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Fact: THIS Mongolian Beef recipe is super delicious 🙂
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Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef

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Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef

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Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef


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Ultimate Beef Fried Rice

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Yes.  I’ve said it – The Ultimate ! The Best !  # 1 !
Some of you might not agree with me, but I can tell you, chances are that this is the best beef fried rice you will ever come across. Period 🙂
It will certainly be different from the fried rice you’ll get at your neighborhood joint and most probably will come close to what you will get in the best of Chinese restaurants or maybe even be better than that. Arrogant I am not :-). But honestly, this was by far the tastiest, best textured fried rice I ever prepared or tasted anywhere, including Asia.
To be real, I know there is better out there, but I myself was not able to find it (Yet).
Maybe the fact that I used leftover sushi rice from yesterday’s chirashi sushi dinner made the big difference. It made it possible to add more moisture to the rice as is normally done while keeping its great texture and not get mushy. Using beef tenderloin was also different, as well as using more than usual egg in the rice. Whatever it was, it worked and made for a simple yet spectacular enjoyable lunch.
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Click here for  Sushi Rice Recipe
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Ultimate Beef Fried Rice

Ultimate Beef Fried Rice

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Ultimate Beef Fried Rice

Ultimate Beef Fried Rice

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Ultimate Beef Fried Rice

Ultimate Beef Fried Rice

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Ultimate Beef Fried Rice
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Ultimate Beef Fried Rice

Ultimate Beef Fried Rice

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Shrimp Lo Mein ( 撈麵 )

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Of  all the Chinese, Asian and Chinese/Asian-inspired dishes I prepare at home, the fast and easy to prepare Lo Mein is the one I cook most often. I usually vary the main ingredients according to what’s in my fridge and/or cupboard, but the basis are always Chinese wheat noodles, seasoned with oyster sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, grated ginger, garlic paste and chili paste. Sometimes I augment the seasoning with hoi sin sauce. As for the other main ingredients, I use vegetables, pork, beef, seafood, poultry or mushrooms, sometimes just one of them, sometimes more than one and sometimes all of them together. In all the years I prepared this dish, I never had one I did not love and I never get tired of it, no matter how often it flies in through my kitchen window 🙂
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Shrimp Lo Mein (撈麵)

Shrimp Lo Mein (撈麵)

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Shrimp Lo Mein (撈麵)

Shrimp Lo Mein (撈麵)

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Shrimp Lo Mein (撈麵)

Shrimp Lo Mein (撈麵)

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Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

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I bought  these beauties to put them on the grill, but I had steak often lately so I changed my mind and prepared this tasty dish instead. I am glad I did, because it just hit the spot and left me happy with the choice I made.
Just goes to show – the first idea is not always the best 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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How to cook  Fan (Chinese Steamed Rice)
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Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

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Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

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Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

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Mushrooms And Udon Noodles In Oyster Sauce

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It seems  to me that the biggest return (culinary bliss and satisfaction) for the smallest investment (time, money and work) was, is and always will be, the preparation of food.
While there are of course very expensive, time-consuming, complicated and labor intensive dishes to be had, the majority of great food can be prepared in a snap. The following is just one of these dishes. All ingredients can be had for a few bucks and the actual prep and cooking time is only about 15 minutes.
So folks, please don’t say you don’t have time to cook. Just face your demon’s and admit that you don’t like to cook 🙂 😦 .
On the other hand, if you don’t know how to cook, that’s a whole different story. For you I have a simple solution to that malady : Follow my blog and get inspiration for simple dishes and instructions how to prepare them- this will be the first step to help you overcome the biggest hurdle, because most of the instructions on  ChefsOpinion  are dead-simple and require only the most basic culinary knowledge to produce great results.
First step – start trying………. 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   You Can Do It !!!
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Mushrooms And Udon Noodles In Oyster Sauce

Mushrooms And Udon Noodles In Oyster Sauce

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Mushrooms And Udon Noodles In Oyster Sauce
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Mushrooms And Udon Noodles In Oyster Sauce

Mushrooms And Udon Noodles In Oyster Sauce

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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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Yesterday,  on my way home from work , I told myself that under no circumstance will I cook and clean up the kitchen, I was just too tired and a bit under the weather.
So, while driving along university drive and contemplating where to stop for a bite or some take out, evaluating the choices a I checked out the restaurants along the way, I crossed off one after the other, knowing that none of them would be able to satisfy my craving for real, good, tasty food for a decent price. Eventually, as I drove by my favorite Asian Market, I made a quick stop to buy some octopus sashimi. I was not sure at this point what I would prepare with it, but I usually have enough stuff at home to fix a couple of good meals. When I got home, rice noodles, peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic paste, grated ginger, chili oil, sesame oil, red chilies, green peppers and onions were the usual suspects.  Together with the octopus they became a great and perfect dinner.
As usual, more often than not, if I want to eat exactly what I want, I have to prep it myself (and clean up the kitchen afterward 😦  ).
But as always, it was well worth the time and effort and I’ve saved a bunch of good dollars doing it 🙂
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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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mix soy sauce, water, peanut butter, sriracha, sesame oil, lime juice, chili oil, simmer for one minute, if too thick, add water, if too thin, add peanut butter

mix soy sauce, water, peanut butter, sriracha, sesame oil, lime juice, chili oil, simmer for one minute, if too thick, add water, if too thin, add peanut butter

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season octopus with kosher salt and chili oil, saute in VERY HOT pan with garlic oil for about 3 seconds, remove from pan, set aside

season octopus with kosher salt and chili oil, saute in VERY HOT pan with garlic oil for about 3 seconds, remove from pan, set aside

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saute onion, green peppers and red chilies in garlic oil

saute onion, green peppers and red chilies in garlic oil

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add rice noodles which you had soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained, add a small amount of  soy sauce and water, cook until liquid has evaporated

add rice noodles which were soaked in warm water for 10 minutes, then drained, add a small amount of soy sauce and water, cook until liquid has evaporated

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put noodles to one side of the pan, add some more garlic oil, add whisked eggs, scramble, cook until eggs are dry

put noodles to one side of the pan, add some more garlic oil, add whisked eggs, scramble, cook until eggs are dry

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add peanut sauce, mix well

add peanut sauce, mix well

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stir fry for another minute, check / adjust seasoning

stir fry for another minute, check / adjust seasoning

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plate noodles on serving dish, top with octopus, sprinkle with chives and sesame seeds

plate noodles on serving dish, top with octopus, sprinkle with chives and sesame seeds

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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

Spicy Octopus And Rice Noodles In Peanut Sauce

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Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce



This  particular fish, Corvina Sea Bass, is,  according to the seller, legally caught fish, in contrast to Chilean Sea Bass (Patagonian Tooth Fish).
I have enjoyed Chilean Sea Bass many times while I was living in Argentina in the 90’s, when the fish was still abundant and cheap. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, the fish is now rare and endangered and should only be bought from sources which can proof that their fish was legally harvested .
When properly cooked, sea bass is wonderfully moist and flaky, which lends itself to a variety of cooking methods and recipes.
Following  is one of my all time favorites 🙂


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Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce

Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce

Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce

Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce



Preparation :

cut sea bass into large cubes, marinade with five spice powder, kosher salt and cayenne pepper, dust with rice flour, mix well

cut sea bass into large cubes, marinade with five spice powder, kosher salt and cayenne pepper, dust with rice flour, mix well

saute whole chilies for a second or two, remove, reserve

saute whole chilies for a second or two in sesame oil to flavor, remove chilies, reserve

saute onions until translucent, add peppers and scallions, saute for two minutes, add garlic paste and grated ginger, saute until fragrant, remove, reserve

saute onions until translucent

add peppers and scallions, saute for two minutes, add garlic paste and grated ginger, saute until fragrant, remove, reserve

add peppers and scallions, saute for two minutes, add garlic paste and grated ginger, saute until fragrant, remove, reserve

reserved sauted onions, peppers, scallions and chilies

reserved sauted onions, peppers, scallions and chilies

saute sea bass in peanut oil until golden, remove from wok, reserve

saute sea bass in peanut oil until golden, remove from wok, reserve

add soy sauce, black bean sauce, chili sauce and rice wine to wok, simmer for one minute

add soy sauce, black bean sauce, chili sauce, sesame oil and rice wine to wok, simmer for one minute

return fish to wok, simmer until fish is almost cooked through, about one minute

return fish to wok, simmer until fish is almost cooked through, about one minute

remove from heat, return vegetables to sauce, mix well, check/adjust seasoning seasoning

remove from heat, return vegetables to sauce, mix well, check/adjust seasoning

Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce With Fan

Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce With Fan

Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce

Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce

Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce

Stir Fried Sea Bass In Black Bean Sauce

Fan & Black Sesame Seeds

Fan & Black Sesame Seeds



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Szechuan Chicken & Fan


Since  breakfast was substantial and relatively late, lunch was late as well and will have to do for both lunch and dinner. Well, maybe there is a midnight snack on the horizon, we’ll see 🙂
The red jalapeno peppers I used here were exceptionally fruity and only mildly hot, so they were perfect for my taste and heat tolerance. Please adjust the amount and heat level to your own taste or eliminate the chilies altogether and replace with mushrooms, water chestnuts, bell peppers, green peas, carrots or whatever else strikes your fancy.

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Szechuan Style Chicken & Fan

Szechuan Chicken & Fan

Szechuan Chicken & Fan

Szechuan Chicken & Fan



Preparation :

season sliced chicken with salt, five spice powder and soy sauce, dust with cornstarch and stir fry in peanut oil

season sliced chicken with salt, five spice powder and soy sauce, dust with cornstarch and stir fry in peanut oil

remove chicken from wok, reserve

remove chicken from wok, reserve

saute chilies and scallions, remove from wok, reserve

saute chilies and scallions, remove from wok, reserve

saute onions and garlic paste in garlic oil

saute onions and garlic paste in garlic oil

add soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken stock, sesame oil and sugar, simmer until slightly thickened

add soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken stock, sesame oil and sugar, simmer until slightly thickened

return chicken, chilies and scallions to sauce, remove from heat, check/adjust seasoning

return chicken, chilies and scallions to sauce, remove from heat, check/adjust seasoning

Szechuan Style Chicken & Fan

to serve, sprinkle chicken with white sesame seeds, rice with black sesame seeds

Szechuan Chicken & Fan

Szechuan Chicken & Fan

Szechuan Chicken & Fan

Szechuan Chicken & Fan

Fan (Chinese Steamed Rice)

Fan (Chinese Steamed Rice)



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Szechuan Style Stir Fried Beef With Broccoli, Corn & Fan

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The  beauty of this dish is that although your taste bud’s will almost go numb after an initial shock of extreme heat, the excitement of the spiciness will linger in your mouth for some time to come and will leave you with an hour-long  satisfaction of your taste senses.
Tuesday dinner – a hot affair 🙂
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Szechuan style stir fried beef

Szechuan style stir fried beef


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Szechuan Style Stir Fried Beef With Broccoli, Corn & Fan

Szechuan Style Stir Fried Beef With Broccoli, Corn & Fan


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