Spicy Veggie Noodle Stir-Fry / Ljuti rezanci s povrćem iz woka

Our local store had a sale of Asian food ingredients, so I decided to stock up and make a quick stir-fry. Initially I considered making something with rice, but since I scored some super cheap noodles, it was really a no-brainer.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.98 EUR per serving / 3.92 EUR for all)

For stir-fry:

3 squares of ramen-type noodles (0.50 EUR)

5 tbsp sunflower seed oil, divided (0.07 EUR)

2 cups frozen peas (0.53 EUR)

2 carrots (0.13 EUR)

2 sweet red horn peppers (0.27 EUR)

1 chili pepper (0.20 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp red pepper flakes (0.07 EUR)

5-6 shiitake mushrooms (0.80 EUR)

1 onion (0.07 EUR)

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

For the sauce:

¼ cup soy sauce (0.53 EUR)

2 tbsp warm water (–)

1 tbsp fish sauce (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp corn starch (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

You want to have everything prepared for when the cooking starts, as it’s going to go really fast. Cook the noodles to al dente according to their cooking instructions on the package. Wash noodles under cold running water to stop the cooking, drain and set aside. Wash, peel and chop all the vegetables and mushrooms. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and set aside. Whisk the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl until sugar and corn starch are completely dissolved and sauce is emulsified.

Place wok on high heat and let it sit for a few minutes until it starts smoking. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and frozen peas, stir-frying for two to three minutes so the peas can thaw. Then add in carrots and horn peppers, stir-frying for a minute or two in between. Add another tablespoon of oil and throw in chopped chili, garlic and red pepper flakes to stir-fry for only half a minute, so that their flavors can develop. Just a small note here on the chili amount: my chili pepper and red pepper flakes were pretty mild and hence these amounts in this recipe. Be sure to taste everything though, before adding to your dish, unless you wanna burn a hole through your stomach. 😀

Proceed to add mushrooms and onion to the wok, while stir-frying for a minute or so in between. Then add in the noodles, stir everything well and push to one side of the wok to make room for cooking the eggs. Add remaining two tablespoons of oil to empty part of the wok bottom and pour in whisked eggs into the oil. Gently fold the eggs over with a spatula until cooked through, then pour sauce over noodles and veggies, give one final stir so the eggs break through and everything is coated in sauce. Turn off the heat and serve immediately.

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U Kauflandu je nedavno bila velika rasprodaja sastojaka za azijsku kuhinju, pa sam odlučila obnoviti svoje kućne zalihe. Prvotno sam planirala napraviti nešto sa rižom, ali sam naletila i na turbo jeftine rezance, tako da tu uopće više nije bilo dileme.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 7,33 kn po porciji / 29,33 kn za sve)

Za wok:

3 kocke azijske tjestenine tipa ramen (3,75 kn)

5 žlica suncokretovog ulja, podijeljenih (0,50 kn)

2 šalice smrznutog graška (4,00 kn)

2 mrkve (1,00 kn)

2 crvene paprike roge (2,00 kn)

1 čili papričica (1,50 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

1 žličica sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,50 kn)

5-6 gljiva shii-taka (6,00 kn)

1 luk (0,50 kn)

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

Za umak:

¼ šalice soja sosa (4,00 kn)

2 žlice tople vode (–)

1 žlica ribljeg umaka (1,00 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (0,50 kn)

1 žličica šećera (0,02 kn)

½ žličice kukuruznog škroba (0,06 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Želite da vam svi sastojci budu spremni kada krenete sa kuhanjem, jer će sve ići jako brzo. Skuhajte tjesteninu al dente prema uputama na pakiranju. Operite rezance pod mlazom hladne vode kako bi se prestali kuhati, ocijedite i stavite na stranu. Operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće i gljive. Razmutite jaja u maloj zdjelici i stavite na stranu. U drugoj zdjelici razmutite sve sastojke za umak dok ne dobijete emulziju, a šećer i škrob su se skroz rastopili.

Stavite wok na jaku vatru i pustite ga par minuta da se dobro ugrije sve dok se ne počne dimiti. Dodajte u wok 2 žlice ulja i smrznuti grašak, pa kuhajte uz povremeno miješanje 2-3 minute dok se grašak ne odmrzne. Onda ubacite mrkve, pa nakon minutu-dvije i crvenu papriku, a sve uz povremeno miješanje. Dodajte još žlicu ulja u wok, pa na ulje bacite narezani čili, češnjak i sušeni čili pa pržite samo oko pola minute da se okusi razviju. Samo mala napomena ovdje što se tiče količine čilija: moje papričice i sušeni čili su bili dosta blagi, pa sam zato upotrijebila ovoliku količinu. Svakako sve probajte prije nego što ubacite u wok, osim ako si ne želite spaliti rupu u želucu. 😀

Nastavite kuhati tako da dodate gljive, pa nakon minutu-dvije luk, uz povremeno miješanje. Na kraju dodajte rezance, dobro izmiješajte i pomaknite sve na jednu stranu woka kako bi napravili mjesta za ispeći jaja. Dodajte preostale dve žlice ulja na prazan dio wok pa u to istresite razmućena jaja. Nježno špatulom presavijajte jaja dok se ne skuhaju i prelijte umak preko tjestenine i povrća. Dobro sve promiješajte za kraj, kako bi se jaja razbila na manje komadiće i sve obložilo umakom. Maknite s vatre i odma poslužite.

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Spicy Veggie Noodle Stir-Fry / Ljuti rezanci s povrćem iz woka

Beefy Hot and Sour Soup / Juneća kiselo-ljuta juha

A few days ago I’ve made an enormous pot of super tasty beef broth. I’ve decided to spice things up a little, so I turned a portion of it into a delicious hot and sour soup. Any broth would work here, though, so feel free to use whatever you currently have on hand. Also, any veggie combination will also do well, so adapt the things to your liking.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings)

3 tbsp sunflower seed oil

3 large carrots

2 sweet red horn peppers

2 chili peppers

4 garlic cloves

Handful of shiitake mushrooms

Block of smoked tofu

4 spring onions

8 cups beef broth

¼ cup soy sauce

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

¼ cup corn starch

2 eggs

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and finely slice all the vegetables, mushrooms and tofu. Set aside and reserve a bit of peppers, chili and green parts of onions for garnishing. Add the oil to a large heavy pot and then add in the chopped vegetables one by one in this order: carrots, horn peppers, chili peppers, garlic, mushrooms, tofu and spring onions. Briefly stir-fry before adding a new veggie, so the flavors have time to develop. Pour broth over everything, then add in soy sauce, red pepper flakes, sesame oil and vinegar. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Dissolve corn starch in a few tablespoons of water, then slowly pour the mixture into the simmering soup, while stirring the soup constantly. The soup will quickly begin to thicken, so turn off the heat when desired consistency is reached. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and slowly pour them into the soup. They’ll cook immediately since the soup is piping hot. Stir again to break the eggs. Serve hot, sprinkled with reserved peppers, chili and green onion parts.

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Neki dan sam napravila enormni lonac finog goveđeg temeljca. Odlučila sam stvari učiniti malo interesantnijima, pa sam dio upotrijebila za ukusnu kiselo-ljutu juhu. Bilo koji drugi temeljac bi ovdje funkcionirao, pa slobodno upotrijebite ono što vam je pri ruci. Također, i kombinaciju povrća isto možete modificirati prema vlastitom ukusu.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija)

3 žlice suncokretovog ulja

3 velike mrkve

2 slatke crvene roga paprike

2 čili papričice

4 češnja češnjaka

Pregršt gljiva shii taka

Komad dimljenog tofua

4 mlada luka

8 šalica goveđeg temeljca

¼ šalice soja sosa

Prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja

2 žlice jabučnog octa

¼ šalice kukuruznog škroba

2 jaja

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i fino nasjeckajte svo povrće, gljive i tofu. Izdvojite za kasnije malo narezanih paprika, čilija i zelenja od mladog luka. Dodajte ulje u veliki lonac, pa jedno po jedno ubacujte povrće ovim redoslijedom: mrkve, paprike, čili, češnjak, gljive, tofu i mladi luk. Kratko miješajte i pržite svako povrće prije nego ubacite novo, a sve kako bi se okusi bolje razvili. Prelijte preko svega temeljac i dodajte soja sos, sušeni čili, sezamovo ulje i ocat. Pustite neka zavrije i krčkajte 5-10 minuta. Kušajte i prilagodite začine.

Otopite kukuruzni škrob u par žlica vode i polako ulijevajte u juhu koja se krčka, s time da juhu bez prestanka miješate. Juha će se brzo početi zgušnjavakti, pa ugasite vatru kada dostigne željenu gustoću. Razmutite jaja u maloj zdjelici pa ih polako ulijevajte u vruću juhu. Ona će se odmah skuhati. Još jednom promiješajte da razbijete jaja na manje komadiće. Poslužite vruće, posipano sa paprikom, čilijem i zelenjem od luka.

Beefy Hot and Sour Soup / Juneća kiselo-ljuta juha

Red Pepper Fried Rice / Pržena riža sa crvenom paprikom

Hey, guys! I had a bunch of random leftovers in my fridge the other day, so I decided to whip up a really quick stir-fry.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 1.26 EUR per serving / 2.51 EUR for all)

3 tbsp sunflower seed oil, divided (0.04 EUR)

2 red horn peppers (1.00 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

Pinch red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

1 small onion (0.07 EUR)

Half a cup of precooked chicken chunks (0.67 EUR)

2 cups precooked rice (0.20 EUR)

1 egg (0.20 EUR)

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp roasted sesame oil (0.07 EUR)

METHOD:

Wash, peel chop up peppers, garlic and onion. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. Place wok on high heat for a few minutes to thoroughly heat through. To a hot wok add 1 tablespoon of oil, chopped peppers, garlic and red pepper flakes and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Then dump in the onion and precooked chicken chunks and stir-fry for another few minutes. Add in another tablespoon of oil and precooked rice, stir to combine and briefly cook.

Move everything to one side of the wok, add remaining tablespoon of oil to empty part of the wok bottom and pour whisked egg into oil. Briefly cook the egg, folding it with your spatula. Break the cooked egg into smaller chunks, pour soy sauce and sesame oil over rice and stir until everything is combined. Serve immediately.

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Pozdrav svima! Imala sam dosta nekakvih ostataka što su mi se povlačili po frižideru, pa sam odlučila na brzinu smutiti jedan stir-fry u woku.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 9,40 kn po porciji / 18,80 kn za sve)

3 žlice suncokretovog ulja, podijeljene (0,30 kn)

2 crvene paprike roge (7,50 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

Prstohvat sušenog chilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

1 mali luk (0,50 kn)

Pola šalice komadića kuhane ili pečene piletine (5,00 kn)

2 šalice kuhane riže (1,50 kn)

1 jaje (1,50 kn)

2 žlice soja sosa (1,00 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i narežite paprike, češnjak i luk. Razmutite jaje u maloj zdjelici. Stavite wok na par minuta na jaku vatru da se dobro ugrije. U vrući wok dodajte jednu žlicu ulja i narezane paprike, češnjak i chili, pa pržite uz miješanje par minuta. Ubacite unutra luk i komadiće piletine pa kuhajte i miješajte još koju minutu. Dodajte još žlicu ulja, kuhanu rižu, dobro promiješajte i kratko kuhajte.

Pomaknite sve na jednu stranu woka, pa na prazni dio dna dodajte preostalu žlicu ulja. Izlijte razmućeno jaje na ulje i kratko ga pržite, s time da ga nježno preklapate špatulom. Gotovo jaje razlomite na manje komade, prelijte soja sos i sezamovo ulje preko riže i onda sve dobro promiješajte. Poslužite odmah.

Red Pepper Fried Rice / Pržena riža sa crvenom paprikom

Cabbage and Mushroom Stir-Fry / Kineski kupus i gljive iz woka

While browsing the store the other day I saw that Napa cabbage is on sale. I still had no idea what to cook, but soon a stir-fry recipe started crystallizing in my mind. As any other stir-fry, this one is also very adaptable to your likes and what you have on hand. You can also make it vegan or vegetarian, but be sure to then skip the Worcestershire sauce and eggs.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.69 EUR per serving / 2.77 EUR for all)

For the sauce:

2 tbsp soy sauce (0.13 EUR)

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (0.13 EUR)

2 tbsp white wine (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp warm water (–)

1 tbsp corn starch (0.03 EUR)

Good pinch red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

For stir-fry:

4 tbsp sunflower seed oil, divided (0.05 EUR)

8-10 large Portobello mushrooms (1.00 EUR)

½ head of Napa cabbage (0.40 EUR)

2 carrots (0.20 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

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METHOD:

Start off by making the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, wine, sesame oil, water, corn starch and red pepper flakes. Set aside. Wash, peel and finely slice mushrooms and all the vegetables so you have everything ready, as the cooking will go quickly. Whisk the eggs in a separate small bowl.

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Place wok on high heat for a few minutes, so it gets thoroughly warmed. First, stir-fry mushrooms on a tablespoon of oil. Add another tablespoon of oil, then gradually add in one at a time sliced cabbage, carrots, garlic and onion, allowing a minute or two of cooking time in between, before adding a new vegetable. Push all the vegetables to one side of the wok, add remaining two tablespoons of oil to the empty part of wok bottom and pour in whisked eggs over the oil. Allow the eggs to briefly cook through, folding them over and breaking them up in smaller chunks with your spatula. Finally, pour the sauce over everything, briefly cook just so the sauce thickens, stir everything well and serve immediately over cooked rice.

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Neki sam dan u dućanu naletila na kineski kupus na sniženju. Još uvijek nisam imala ideju o tome što bi skuhala, ali mi se brzo iskristalizirao recept za klopu iz woka. Kao i sa bilo kojim drugim wokom, ovdje lako možete prilagoditi sastojke u ono što najviše volite i što imate pri ruci. Također, lako možete napraviti i vegansku ili vegetarijansku verziju ako izbacite jaja i Worcestershire umak.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 5,23 kn po porciji / 20,90 kn za sve)

Za umak:

2 žlice soja sosa (1,00 kn)

1 žlica Worcestershire umaka (1,00 kn)

2 žlice bijelog vina (1,00 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (0,50 kn)

2 žlice tople vode (–)

1 žlica kukuruznog škroba (0,25 kn)

Dobar prstohvat sušenog chilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

Za wok:

4 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,40 kn)

8-10 velikih šampinjona (7,50 kn)

½ glavice kineskog kupusa (3,00 kn)

2 mrkve (1,50 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Za početak napravite umak tako da u zdjelici pomiješate soja sos, Worcestershire umak, vino, sezamovo ulje, vodu, kukuruzni škrob i chili. Stavite na stranu. Operite, ogulite i tanko narežite gljive i svo povrće tako da vam sve bude pripremljeno jer će samo kuhanje ići jako brzo. Razmutite jaja u posebnoj zdjelici.

Stavite wok na jaku vatru na par minuta tako da se dobro ugrije. U vrući wok dodajte žlicu ulja i kratko popecite gljive. Dodajte još žlicu ulja, pa jedno po jedno ovim redoslijedom dodajte narezano zelje, mrkvu, češnjak i luk, s time da svako povrće pržite uz miješanje minutu-dvije prije nego dodate sljedeće. Gurnite svo povrće na jednu stranu woka, pa onda u prazni dio woka dodajte preostale dvije žlice ulja. Ulijte razmućena jaja na ulje da se isprže, s time da ih špatulom nježno preklapajte i na kraju natrgajte na manje komadiće. Na kraju, preko svega prelijte umak koji ste pripremili. Pustite da kratko prokuha, samo da se umak zgusne, dobro promiješajte i poslužite odmah sa kuhanom rižom.

Cabbage and Mushroom Stir-Fry / Kineski kupus i gljive iz woka

Hot and Sour Soup / Kiselo-ljuta juha

Can you tell that I’ve been on a Chinese food kick lately? But I wasn’t happy until I’ve made this soup, as I’ve been craving it for weeks. Weeks, I tell you!

Of course, there is nothing better than to have a piping hot, spicy soup on an average summer day. So naturally, I’ve cooked up a batch to feed an army. Or, you know, just me, for a week. Because I’m greedy and this soup is so delicious that I just don’t wanna share.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 8 serving / per serving / for all)

2 tbsp oil

1 large onion

3 large carrots

250 g block of smoked tofu

5 large shiitake mushrooms

8 cups of chicken broth

1 tsp dried chili flakes

¼ cup soy sauce

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

½ cup apple cider vinegar

½ cup corn starch

½ cup warm water

2 eggs

Handful of chopped green onions or chives for serving

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METHOD:

Wash, peel and finely dice onion, carrots and tofu. Cut the mushrooms into thin strips. Add oil and diced onion to a large pot and saute on high heat until translucent. Add in diced carrot and tofu and cook for a few minutes to soften. Throw in mushrooms, broth, chili, soy sauce and sesame oil and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then add in vinegar.

Completely dissolve corn starch in warm water and then slowly pour into soup, while stirring constantly. This will prevent large blobs of corn starch from forming. Continue stirring while the soup thickens to desired consistency for another minute or two and then remove from heat. Also note that your soup will additionally thicken as it cools. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and pour into soup in a slow stream, while you gently stirring it.

Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve sprinkled with a bit of chopped green onions or chives. This soup refrigerates and reheats splendidly.

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Jeste li primjetili da se u zadnje vrijeme ubijam u kineskoj klopi? Ali nisam bila skroz sretna dok nisam smućkala i ovu juhu, jer mi se jela već tjednima. Da, da, tjednima!

Naravno, nema bolje stvari od tanjura kipuće i ljute juhe na posječni ljetni dan. Tako da sam, naravno, skuhala lonac dovoljno veliki za nahraniti vojsku. Ili, samo sebe, jedno tjedan dana. Zato jer sam pohlepna i ova juhica je tako fina da ju odbijam dijeliti.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 8 porcija / 6,99 kn po porciji / 55,93 kn za sve)

2 žlice ulja (0,20 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

3 velike mrkve (1,50 kn)

250 g dimljenog tofua (18,00 kn)

5 velikih shii taka (10,00 kn)

8 šalica pilećeg temeljca (14,48 kn)

1 žličica sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,50 kn)

¼ šalice soja sosa (2,50 kn)

1 žlica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (1,00 kn)

½ šalice jabučnog octa (0,50 kn)

½ šalice kukuruznog škroba (1,50 kn)

½ šalice tople vode (–)

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

Pregršt nasjeckanog mladog luka ili vlasca za posluživanje (2,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite, ogulite i sitno nasjeckajte luk, mrkve i tofu. Gljive narežite na tanke trakice. Stavite ulje u veliki lonac i na jakoj vatri prodinstajte luk dok ne postane staklast. Dodajte narezane mrkvu i tofu i kratko prokuhajte da omekšaju. Ubacite unutra gljive, temeljac, čili, soja sos i sesamovo ulje te pustite da zavrije. Smanjite temperaturu i krčkajte 15 minuta, pa dodajte ocat.

Dobro rastopite kukuruzni škrob u toploj vodi i polako dolijevajte u juhu uz neprekidno miješanje, kako se ne bi napravile velike grude škroba. Nastavite miješati dok se juha ne zgusne do željene konzistencije još koju minutu, pa maknite s vatre. Imajte na umu kako će se juha još dodatno zgusnuti kako se bude hladila. Razmutite jaja u maloj zdjelici, pa u tankom mlazu uz nježno miješanje ulijevajte u juhu.

Kušajte i prilagodite začine. Poslužite posipano sa malo nasjeckanog mladog luka ili vlasca. Ova juha se super drži u frižideru i podgrijava.

Hot and Sour Soup / Kiselo-ljuta juha

Spicy Cabbage Salad / Ljuta salata od kupusa

Despite the weather being so hot and humid lately, I’ve been craving spicy foods like crazy. Obviously, I enjoy sweating all the time. 😀

This salad is super simple, keeps in fridge for days and is even better on the second day, when the cabbage gets juicy and all the flavours have enough time to mingle. Also, one head of cabbage yields a mountain of salad that can feed an army. You have been warned.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields at least 6 servings / 0.12 EUR per serving / 0.72 EUR for all)

For the dressing:

½ cup apple cider vinegar (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp sugar (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp dried chili flakes (0.03 EUR)

For the salad:

1 small head of cabbage (0.40 EUR)

3 large carrots (0.20 EUR)

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METHOD:

In a small saucepan whisk together vinegar, sugar, salt and chili flakes. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and stir until sugar and salt have completely dissolved. Allow to sit for a few minutes so that chilli flakes infuse the vinegar mixture. Depending on strength of your chili and your personal preferences regarding spicy food, you might want to adjust the chili amount. Mine was mouth-scorching hot, so ½ a teaspoon was more than enough.

Meanwhile, wash the veggies, peel and grate carrots and thinly slice the cabbage. You can help yourself out with mandolin if you have one. Toss together with dressing and serve chilled. This salad keeps fantastic for days when stored in fridge in an airtight container.


Usprkos tome što je vrijeme u zadnje vrijeme vruće i sparno, meni se jede ljuta hrana kao nikad. Očito je da se volim prekomjerno i neprekidno znojiti. 😀

Ova salata je super jednostavna, može u frižideru stajati danima, a još je finija idući dan, kada kupus malo omekša i svi sastojci su imali vremena da malo prominglaju. Također, jedna glavica kupusa biti će vam dosta za brdo salate kojom možete nahraniti vojsku. Tek toliko da vas upozorim.

SASTOJCI:

(Za barem 6 porcija / 0,89 kn po porciji / 5,31 kn za sve)

Za dressing:

½ šalice jabučnog octa (0,50 kn)

1 žlica šećera (0,05 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

Za salatu:

1 mala glavica kupusa (3,00 kn)

3 velike mrkve (1,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

U malom lončiću pomiješajte ocat, šećer, sol i čili. Pustite da zavrije, skinite s vatre i promiješajte da se šećer i sol do kraja rastope. Pustite da sve odstoji par minuta da pahuljice čilija puste okus u ocat. Ovisno o tome koliko vam je čili ljut i kakve su vam osobne preference, prilagodite količinu čilija. Moj je bio toliko ljut da pali usta, pa je ½ žličice bilo sasvim dovoljno.

U međuvremenu operite povrće, ogulite i naribajte mrkvu i tanko narežite kupus. Možete sipomoći sa mandolinom, ako ju imate. Sve pomiješajte sa dresingom i poslužite ohlađeno. Ova salata se danima super drži u frižideru ako ju čuvate u hermetički zatvorenoj posudi.

Spicy Cabbage Salad / Ljuta salata od kupusa

Chicken and Summer Veggie Stir-Fry / Stir-Fry od piletine i ljetnog povrća

Have you tried making Chinese food at home, but never got that taste just right? So then you just succumb to getting a takeaway instead? Those days are now over because I’m gonna let you in on the secret of perfect homemade Chinese food. It’s MSG!

Just kidding. We’re not using that.

It’s all in the sauce. And a really hot and well-seasoned wok. But mainly, it’s the sauce. For wok seasoning, I suggest you just take a peek at Youtube, but it basically comes down to coating the wok in layers of burnt fat. It does sound kinda gross, but it’s the only way to get that deep smoky flavour.

Now onto the sauce.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.69 EUR per serving / 2.75 EUR for all)

For the sauce:

3 tbsp soy sauce (0.20 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.07 EUR)

¼ tsp of cayenne pepper (0.02 EUR)

3 tbsp corn starch (0.10 EUR)

½ cup warm water (–)

For the stir-fry:

½ of large chicken breast (1.33 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

3 tbsp oil, divided (0.04 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

3 carrots (0.20 EUR)

1 large bell pepper (0.27 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

1 large zucchini (0.27 EUR)

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METHOD:

Prepare the sauce by whisking together soy sauce, sesame oil, cayenne, corn starch and water until no lumps remain. Set aside.

Cut chicken into thin strips and rub well with salt and pepper. Allow the chicken to soak in the salt and pepper by letting it rest for 20-30 minutes. During that time mince garlic and wash and chop all the vegetables. You want to have everything prepared beforehand before you start cooking, because it’s going to go fast.

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Place wok on high heat for a few minutes until it starts smoking. Add a tablespoon of oil and half of the chicken to your wok and stir-fry for a few minutes until slightly crispy. Remove chicken when it’s done and repeat with second half of the meat.

Remove all meat from the wok, then add to it remaining tablespoon of oil, chopped carrot and minced garlic. Briefly stir-fry, then gradually add in chopped pepper, onion and zucchini in that order, while stir-frying for a few minutes in between, before adding a new batch of veggies. The idea is to start with firmer veggies which take longer to cook and work your way towards softer ones. Once you’ve finished cooking up all the vegetables, return meat to the wok and stir to warm through. Pour sauce over everything, stir and cook for just a few seconds until the sauce thickens. Be sure not to overcook as the sauce might get burnt and bitter.

Remove from heat and serve immediately over a bed of cooked rice. Either go with the plain old rice, or spice things up with this coconut lime rice.

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Jeste li već pokušavali doma kuhati kinesku klopu, ali vam okus nikad ne bi ispao baš onako kako treba? Pa onda na kraju pokleknete i naručite dostavu? Ti su dani sada iza vas jer ću vam odati tajne savršene kineske hrane iz kućne radinosti. To je MSG!

Šalim se. Nećemo to koristiti.

Stvar je u umaku. I jako vrućem i dobro začinjenom woku. Ali uglavnom je stvar u umaku. Što se tiče začinjavanja woka, predlažem da malo virnete na Youtube. Ali u principu, sve se svodi na to da vam wok bude obložen slojevima zagorene masnoće. To možda zvuči malo ogavno, ali je i jedini način da dobijete onaj duboki dimljeni šmek.

Sad idemo na umak.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 5,12 kn po porciji / 20,49 kn za sve)

Za umak:

3 žlice soja sosa (1,50 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (0,50 kn)

¼ žličice kajenskog papra (0,13 kn)

3 žlice kukuruznog škroba (0,75 kn)

½ šalice tople vode (–)

Za stir-fry:

½ velikih pilećih prsa (10,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

3 žlice ulja, podijeljene (0,30 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

3 mrkve (1,50 kn)

1 velika paprika babura (2,00 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

1 velika tikvica (2,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Pripremite umak tako da dobro razmutite soja sos, sezamovo ulje, kajenski papar, škrob i vodu, i to tako da ne bude grudica. Stavite na stranu.

Narežite piletinu na tanke trakice i u nju utrljajte sol i papar. Pustite da odstoji jedno 20-30 minuta da se sol i papar upiju u meso. Za to vrijeme sitno nasjeckajte češnjak te operite i narežite svo povrće. Neka vam sve bude spremno prije nego što krenete kuhati, jer će to ići jako brzo.

Stavite wok na par minuta na jaku vatru dok se ne počne dimiti. Dodajte žlicu ulja i pola mesa, pa pržite miješajući par minuta dok se piletina ne zahrska. Izvadite meso kada je gotovo i ponovite sa ostatkom piletine.

Svo meso maknite iz woka, dodajte u wok preostalu žlicu ulja, narezanu mrkvu i sjeckani češnjak. Kratko pržite uz miješanje, pa onda postepeno u wok dodajte narezanu papriku, luk i tikvicu po tom redoslijedu, a sve tako da miješate i par minuta pržite između svakog novog povrća. Ideja je da počnete sa najtvrđim povrćem kojem treba najduže da se skuha i idete prema onom najmekšem. Kada je svo povrće na taj način gotovo, vratite u wok meso i promiješajte da se ono ugrije. Prelijte preko svega umak, dobro promiješajte i kuhajte svega par sekundi, samo da se umak zgusne. Pazite da ne kuhate predugo jer bi vam umak mogao zagoriti i postati gorak.

Maknite s vatre i odma poslužite preko kuhane riže. Možete upotrijebiti i najobičniju rižu, ili učinite stvar zanimljivijom sa ovom rižom sa kokosom i limetom.

Chicken and Summer Veggie Stir-Fry / Stir-Fry od piletine i ljetnog povrća