One thing is for sure in our household – we love Chinese and Thai food. We eat at the local Thai restaurant once a week at least, so that right there is proof! However, eating out all the time isn’t necessarily feasible or financially ideal. Therefore, I’ve made an effort lately to incorporate Asian meals into our menu. In doing so, I’ve had to learn how to actually cook these dishes. I’m currently a novice, but I love cooking and I’m happy to learn, so trial and error isn’t an issue for me.
My first attempt was a slow-cooker beef dish that was so easy to throw together, that it made for a great place to start. The good news – Matt and I loved the dish! It simply called for slicing the beef and covering it with a sauce that consisted of soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, beef consumme (I used broth since I had it on hand), and garlic. When we got home at the end of the day, the house smelled amazing and all I needed to do was thicken the sauce a bit with cornstarch and add the broccoli to cook. Easy and delicious!
While the Asian beef dish was beyond tasty, I was even more successful this week with a sweet and sour chicken recipe I found via Pinterest. Super simple and it rendered great results. Matt was raving about it and telling me I must make it again. Success! All I had to do was lightly brown the diced chicken in oil using egg and cornstarch, then I dumped it in a baking dish and poured the sauce over the top. The sauce consisted of sugar, ketchup, distilled white vinegar, soy sauce and garlic salt. The original chef made fried rice with hers, but Matt made brown rice instead.
I’m thinking I might try to make one Asian dish each week if possible. I’ll keep you posted about my attempts and the results. In the meantime, this great meal may make an appearance again soon. 🙂