Oriental express

Oriental express

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Cooking time

Cook: 15 mins - 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

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Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
503
protein
12g
carbs
85g
fat
15g
saturates
2g
fibre
5g
sugar
0g
salt
2.75g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped into chunks
  • ½ tsp Chinese 5-spice powder or ground ginger
  • 300-340g packet fresh stir-fry vegetables
  • 2 x 250g packets ready-cooked express basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce, or more to taste

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Method

  1. First put the wok on the heat, then pour in the oil and bring it up to a medium-high temperature. Now add the onion and cook, stirring only occasionally, until it starts to brown – this takes about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the 5-spice powder or ginger and stir it around quickly for about 30 seconds. Next tip in the vegetables and stir them around, keeping the heat quite high so the vegetables cook quickly and stay crunchy. Keep cooking and stirring for 4-5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.
  2. While the vegetables are cooking, make a 2cm tear in the top of each rice packet, then microwave each packet separately for 2 minutes on full power. If you don’t have a microwave, put your rice on to cook according to the packet instructions before you heat up the work.
  3. Splash in 2 tbsp soy sauce and remove from the heat. Use more soy if you like but remember that it’s salty. If you want more sauce, splash in 1-2 tbsp water. Tip the rice on to plates, add the veg and eat immediately.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2003

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philinbrighton's picture
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Really nice take on what could be a "boreing old stir fry". adding the five spice and softening down the onions adds a really interesting nice sweet taste. I made mine with noodles rather than rice.

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