Pork with Tofu Stir Fry

Pork with tofu
Are there many of you out there who managed to stock up on several packs of ground meat (pork, turkey or beef) to last you during the coronavirus lockdown and you have run out of ideas what to do with all that ground meat?

In Taiwan where I live, we did not have a lockdown as we were very fortunate with only a few cases of infection, however, due to the news of a massive number of cases coming out of Wuhan, China since January 23, 2020 most people had stocked up on extra groceries. I had stocked up on ground meat, fresh chives and spiced tofu. Chives (wrapped in plastic) can be kept in the produce section of the refrigerator for a month and spiced or dried tofu freezes well.  Besides making burgers, meat pies, meat loaf, meat sauce for spaghetti, meat balls, here is an idea for an easy Chinese stir fry dish. Hope everyone stays safe during this period!

250g ground pork (or ground turkey or ground beef)
6 squares of dried tofu
handful of chives
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp hoisin sauce

Marinating sauce for ground pork
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp corn starch
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp water
pepper to taste

1. Marinate the ground pork for at least an hour.
2. Rinse the dried tofu, cut into small cubes.
3. Rinse the chives, cut into small pieces.
4. Parboil the chives for 2 mins, drain and put aside.
5. Stir fry the marinated ground pork with a tbsp of cooking oil.
6. When the pork is browned, add in the dried tofu and parboiled chives.
7. Stir in the oyster sauce and hoisin sauce and cook together for a minute.
8. Eat with steamed rice. Bon Appetit!

Oatmeal in a Jiffy

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I have been making these home-made oatmeal cups for my family for years and I saw that many delis and supermarkets in my neighborhood have started selling them last year.  I missed out on a great business opportunity! It’s really very quick and easy to make and especially if you do several jars at the same time in an assembly-line style on a Sunday night, it saves you a lot of time and you’ll get to enjoy a healthy breakfast for the rest of your week.  You can even bring the jar to the office and eat at your desk. It is that simple!

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Oatmeal, guava, loquat, milk tea
  1. Fill each jar or plastic container with several tablespoons of Instant oatmeal.
  2. Top up with dried fruit – cranberries, blueberries, raisins etc. You may add chia seeds or flax seeds if desired.
  3. Cover each jar tightly.
  4.  In the morning, when you are ready to eat, pour out the contents into a cereal bowl and add hot water or add hot water directly to the jar. Presto! Your breakfast is ready.
  5. Add yogurt, fresh fruit, crunchy granola and nuts if desired.