Secondary and Leftover Meal
1/2 lb ground pork (dumplings)
1/2 lettuce (instant noodles),
I used black bell peppers, baby carrots, cauliflower that needed cooking.
*You can use any hard vegetables in your kitchen or frozen mix vegetables.
New ingredient: two eggs
Serves: 2 (If you have it as the only dish)
Sauce: Seafood Sauce, if want to eat it the traditional way. I am sure whatever your favorite chilli sauce would be great as well.
As I try to impart, one has to devise meals around the ingredients you already have from other main meals and use up all the leftovers to make what I call a "secondary meal".
Today I finally figured out how to use up the frozen pork leftover from making dumplings.
The dumpling recipe had asked for mince/ground beef and pork. The beef I had already used for spaghetti, at least two weeks ago, but the pork stayed in the freezer.
This was a difficult dish to come up with. I just did not know what to do with pork. It had been in the freezer long enough that I knew I needed lot of different ingredients to mix with it for the taste. I looked up a bunch of recipes, none of which I wanted to eat.
Then my son, asked to go to Phoenix Cafe, and get some lettuce wraps. I knew I could use pork with it (chicken is also good), and I had lettuce which I seldom have. I told him I was going to make some.
He wasn't very happy, because Phoenix Cafe came with Mango Mochi.
The finished product (3 seconds)
Here is the way I made it.
Marinate the Pork:
*Mince/ground chicken can be used instead
*Use what I call the Chinese Food Magic Mix, which is pretty much the basis of all sauces for meats and vegetables.
- Put in a bowl:
- 2 tbs of soy sauce
- 1 tbs of sesame oil
- 1 tbs of Chinese Wine (Use Japanese Marin as substitute. You can buy it in a lot of supermarkets)
- 1/2 tbs of sugar (If you use marin, use 1/2 a tbs)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of corn starch if you have any.
- Salt and Pepper
- *You can always mix the sauce a little differently for your liking.
- Pour on Pork and mix again.
Leave until you finish the egg and vegetables so the marinade can soak in.
*Quick Tip: You can throw the vegetables and meat in at the same time, and then wait until it's all cooked through. It takes longer over all for the mixture to warm up and cook, but it is less steps for you. It's not as good, but if you're not picky, you probably can't tell. The egg however will simply be mixed in, and not in separate little pieces.
Making the Egg.
- Mix two eggs in a bowl.
- Put in 2 teaspoon of soy sauce
- Heat up the pan.
- Put oil in the pan.
- Pour the eggs in the pan.
- Swirl the eggs around so it covers the pan.
- Let it cook through. Flip it when one side is brown. Use a slotted spade. If it breaks don't worry about it. You're going to cut it up.
- When it's cooked, take it out, cut it into whatever size pieces you want, and put it aside.
Cooking the Vegetables
- Cut the vegetables up, if you don't have any -use frozen ones. If it's frozen, I would put two handfuls in.
- If you happen to have ginger and garlic, put in two slices of ginger and a clove or garlic chopped
- Put the vegetables in the pan
- After a minute or two, add a 3 cm/1 inch of water from a normal cup
- Mix the mixture every minute or two until the vegetables are the way you like eating them.
- Put aside.
Cook the meat.
- Same same, oil, ginger and garlic, wait until the pan is heated, put in pork, mix it every minute or two. Wait until it's cooked (video below to show you what that looks like.)
- Once the meat is cooked, put in the vegetables and the egg.
- Wait until everything is hot
- Serve on a plate along with another plate of lettuce, and let people make their own.
This is what cooked meat looks like. (3 second)