Easy and Fast Recipes
Tis’ the season of dabao-ing and food delivery — it’s back to CB Phase 2, and that means dining out is no longer an option. If your priorities are comfort and convenience (like just about every Singaporean), chances are that you’ve ordered food in to avoid making a two-way trip out for lunch.
But what if we told you that we had a faster and cheaper way to get the dishes you love? Here are 5 recipes we’ve picked out that you can make in under 30 minutes. There’s no delivery fees, no missing items – only ready-to-eat, piping-hot goodness with flavours tailored for your tastebuds.
1. KL Hokkien Mee with Udon Noodles
Let’s be real. Are you going to get the exact same dish sold by a third-generation hokkien mee master selling noodles in KL? Probably not. But are you going to get a pretty good, absolutely delicious and easy-to-make replica? Definitely.
The star of this homemade KL Hokkien Mee recipe is the organic udon noodles, which — after some coating in a delightful combination of soy sauce, fish sauce, flat fish powder and hua tiao wine — is superbly tasty. At the same time, the udon noodles are lighter and less starchy than yellow noodles, removing the inevitable jelak-ness you feel near the end of an actual bowl you might buy outside.
Cooking at home also means you get to add as much of your favourite ingredients as you can eat, be it squid, cai xin or pork belly. No walk of shame to ask for a second helping of pork lard, either!
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes. Serves 4.
2. Air Fried Tonkatsu
We love our Japanese-style fried pork cutlets, but for many homecooks, it brings to mind the horrible aftermath of oily kitchen floors and greasy tiles. Luckily, that’s out of the question with this quick Tonkatsu recipe that’ll only take you 30 minutes to make.
For a tasty cutlet, we recommend seasoning it well with soy sauce, oyster sauce, cooking wine and five spice powder. These flavours will come through with each bite and make the entire cutlet good to the last drop! As for the crunch element, you’ll find that the egg, corn starch and panko breadcrumbs combo work well even in the air fryer.
Lastly, you can also make an optional sweet dipping sauce to go with your cutlet, or pair with a serving of Japanese rice for a complete and satisfying meal.
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes. Serves 2.
3. Xin Zhou Mi Fen (Fried Bee Hoon / Bee Hoon Goreng)
Washing up not really your thing? Bookmark this one pot Fried Bee Hoon recipe. With just 8 steps (40% stirring, no joke), even kitchen noobs can whip this up in 30 minutes.
This recipe is also good for bringing to potlucks or family gatherings (when we can safely gather again). It’s fast, yummy, and easy to scale up or down in the number of servings. Protip: when dry, the packet may look small, but just one packet of rice vermicelli noodles can easily feed 4 to 6 people!
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes. Serves 4-6.
4. Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry
You’ll think twice about paying restaurant price to eat Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry after seeing how easy it is. Our fastest recipe on the list, you can easily make this spicy and flavourful dish in just 15 minutes.
To elevate the flavour, try searing the minced pork on high heat before adding the fish sauce, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. The char will add an extra oomph you’ll be hard-pressed to find in other quick and easy recipes. Best served with a sunny side up, rice and some iced thai milk tea.
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes. Serves 4.
5. Dry Laksa
Wrapping up our list is a recipe for Dry Laksa. Don’t be fooled by the name! Despite the absence of a gravy, this dish is packed with flavour and fragrance to beat.
Think: the sizzle of cooking oil, a generous amount of blended chilli paste, garlic, shallots and freshly peeled prawns. All that, served up with thick vermicelli noodles and juicy tau pok exploding with flavour.
Although it has a slightly longer preparation time of 45 minutes, the portion is large enough to cover more than one meal for a couple or a small family. Making it at home also means you can tweak the spiciness to your preferred level, whether it’s one tiny teaspoon or mountains of spicy belacan.
Preparation Time: 45 Minutes. Serves 4 to 6.
Recipes under 30 minutes
Food delivery is definitely a valid option given our circumstances, but if you’re looking to change things up or save some money this week, try one of these quick and easy recipes. The dishes are already simple and fast to make, and with some practice, you’ll be whipping them up faster than you can hit “Place Order”.
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