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RECIPE: Sriracha Ginger Lime Chicken with Zucchini & Tomatoes over “Fried Quinoa”

RECIPE: Sriracha Ginger Lime Chicken with Zucchini & Tomatoes over “Fried Quinoa”

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Think you can’t make a delicious meal with canned chicken? Try this delicious southeast Asian Fusion recipe out for size.

Here’s what you’ll need for the chicken dish!  (Prepare the Fried Quinoa beforehand if you’re going to serve it with the chicken! [it's not really fried, but it's a modified recipe of how to make chinese fried rice])

Preparation:

1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup diced Zucchini
1 12oz canned chicken breast, drained of water
2-3 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tablespoons diced green onions
2 tablespoon sliced red onions
1/2 tomato cut in thirds
2 tablespoons Simply Asia sweet ginger garlic seasoning (ground ginger, sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, pakrika, soy sauce, garlic & onion powder)
1/4 lime
2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce

Cooking:

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a saucepan or wok on high heat
  2. Add in diced zucchini and cook for 2-3 minutes or until it is almost cooked and about to crisp golden brown
  3. Add in chicken breast and cooking oil, stir and sauté for 1 minute
  4. Add red and green onions, ginger garlic seasoning, Sriracha, and squeeze lime over chicken in pan. Stir for one minute
  5. Add in tomatoes and sear for another 2-3 minutes until ingredients are blended and some of chicken shreds begin to brown and crisp.
  6. Remove from pan and serve immediately

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Chinese Fried Quinoa

  1. Heat 1-1.5 cups quinoa dry in a pot for 1-2 minutes to slightly toast on medium heat.
  2. Then for 1 part quinoa, add 1 part water (or guesstimate the water should be twice as high as the quinoa. Boil covered for 7 minutes or until almost fully cooked
  3. Add 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped green onion tips (1 inch length)
  4. Add 1 egg beaten and blended with milk. Dig a hole in the quinoa to the bottom of pot and pour egg in, stirring every 30 seconds until egg has cooked and blended evenly into quinoa.
  5. Add 2-3 tablespoons oyster sauce (or mushroom sauce) to taste

RECIPE: Aromatic Truffle-like Omelet Crepe with Garlic and Havarti Cheese [Vegetarian]

[Photo to come. Sorry! I ate it before I could take a photo and realized too late omg]

I don’t know why but this omelet tasted like truffle oil and basil (neither of which were in here)!!

Serves 1

Preparation:

  • 1/2 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/4 handful baby greens / arugula blend to sprinkle
  • 1 slice Havarti cheese.

Cooking:

Pre-heat nonstick saucepan to medium heat, add butter and garlic till simmer (about 45 seconds). Add in 2 beaten eggs, then sprinkle some greens over (Sorrento mix from TJ’s) and add 1 inch shreds of havarti cheese on top (so good!).

Cook for 2 minutes, crack salt and pepper over and fold/roll your omelet crepe and serve.

RECIPE: Chinese Fried (Rice) Quinoa & Southeast Asian Sides [Vegetarian]

Tonight has been a cooking breakthrough. This experiment is one of the most amazing meals I’ve ever cooked, and pretty nourishing for you too! I swapped out rice for quinoa, and it really worked out amazingly- I had no idea you could do that with quinoa. How versatile it is! This meal is completely vegetarian!

The Recipe

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Main: Chinese Fried (Rice) Quinoa – garlic, butter, mushrooms, carrots, ginger, beaten egg, quinoa, and minced green onion

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Serves 2.

Preparation:

  • 3 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1 handful chopped brown babybella mushrooms
  • 1/2 handful of chopped carrots
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sliced and diced ginger
  • 1 jumbo egg beaten, or 2 small eggs
  • 1 tablespoon minced green onion
  • Quinoa to make 2 large servings
  • 1 tbsp butter

Cooking:

Preheat large saucepan to medium heat. Add diced garlic and quinoa to toast for 3-4 minutes. Add 1 tbsp butter while browning.

Add sufficient water to quinoa in saucepan. Now add in the chopped mushrooms, carrots, and diced ginger. Cover and let cook for 7-10 minutes.

When quinoa looks almost done (fluffy and not dried out), pour beaten egg over quinoa and add minced green onions.

Turn off heat and turn quinoa to fluff egg. When egg is cooked, chinese fried quinoa is done.

Side 1: Southern Chinese Vegetables - Mushrooms, fried tofu, lots of bean sprouts and green onion in a light sweetened oyster sauce

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Serves 1.

Preparation:

  • 1 cup sliced babybella mushrooms
  • 1 cup sliced fried firm tofu
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup coarsely cut green onion (~1-2 inches length)
  • 2 cups white bean sprout (or 1.5 handfuls.. easier to grab)

Sauce : 1 tbsp oyster sauce diluted in 3 tbsp water, add 1 tsp sugar & mix (You can buy vegetarian oyster sauce from any Chinese grocery, or use mushroom sauce as a substitute)

Cooking:

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in saucepan on medium heat.

Add mushrooms and tofu, cook for 5-7 minutes. When almost cooked, add green onions to sear altogether for additional 4 minutes.

In last 2 minutes add sauce.
In final minute add bean sprouts, turn off heat, and mix all together.

Side 2: Chinese Salad (the right way)

The salad is baby greens with dumpling sauce as dressing. I’m using Sorrento mix and dumpling sauce both from Trader Joe’s. However, you can easily make the sauce on your own:

How to make Dumpling Sauce: 1 part soy sauce, 1/2 part rice vinegar, 1/8 part sesame oil, 1/16 part chili oil

Berlin’s Best Cheap Eats

Best Ice Cream: Vanille & Marille Eismanufaktur

[My review on Yelp]
Hagelberger Str. 1
10965 Berlin
Neighborhood: Kreuzberg


My Chocolate + Lemon Basil Ice.

By far the BEST ice cream shop in Berlin.

Not only are the scoops LARGE and generous, but the taste is fantasttttiiic. Many of my friends will vouch this as their favorite as well!

1€ a scoop, beat that!

They make many amazing flavors, including:
Pistachio / Sicilian Pistachio
Lemon & Basil
various chocolate flavors, berry flavors.. etc etc.

Label this as a MUST TRY. Plus it’s right next to Mustafa’s Gemuse Kebap so you can hit two awesome places with one stone.

No inside seating so many people sit outside around the shop and eat. The location is a bit hidden on a side street, but worth the search! or just look for the crowd ;)

Best Pretzels

Hofpfisterei

In the last half hour before they close, 7:30-8pm its 40% off bread goods!

These best pretzels are made in Munich because the air is different in the south, and imported daily to Berlin. Crazy right?!

Best Pho / Vietnamese – Minh Trang Berlin

Kantstraße 67
10627 Berlin
030 3180-1117
(Charlottenburg)


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Highly rated reviews:

www.qype.com/place/59374-Minh-Trang-Berlin

www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187323-d1967667-Reviews-Minh_Trang-Berlin.html

mealbymel.blogspot.de/search/label/Vietnamese

Kantstrasse is the best street for viet food.

Most tourists will be directed to Monsieur Vuong, and from reading many mixed reviews and having not tried it, I will tentatively conclude that it’s good fusion food. My friend Danny noted: “it has been arond for ages but got more expensive and less yummy. Very touristy, serving: rice, fresh stuff, typical.. lots of curry coco. no proper pho”. I read they have pho but it is kinda bland.

Best Wonton Noodle Soup – Manngo

Reviews on Qype

Mulackstraße 29, 10119 Berlin
030 28040558
www.manngo.de/

Open:
Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 24:00
Sat: 13:00 – 24:00
Sun: Closed

Best Northern Italian Home Cooking: Il Ritrovo-Cucina Casalinga Popolare

[My review on Yelp]

Gabriel-Max-Straße 2
10245 Berlin
030 2936-4130

I come here mostly because my roommate who is from Milan vouches for it’s authenticity. What’s important to note about most restaurants you go to (especially the asian ones) are that the menu has all been germanified.

Here it actually tastes like Italian food. Your pizzas will be on point, and this past weekend I ordered a pasta and was a bit shocked at how big my portion was. (of course this will vary depending on which pasta you order). The pasta is quite good.

I haven’t been to the other locations, but if you want a very low key casual environment and good food, then come here. It’s not fancy, not overdone, not touristy, not really romantic- it’s a good hang out place for people from all over.

Plus.. grappa or limoncello at the end of your meal ;)

Best French Fries – Kaiser’s Frozen

That’s right. I’ve tried most all the popular burger and fry places and am very very disappointed at the quality of both items here. Kaiser’s <--the supermarket has a huge bag for 79 cents that comes out delicious when you bake it in your home oven.

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