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Balsamic Foil Packed Chicken

Balsamic Foil Packed Chicken

Verdict: This recipe creates chicken that is extremely moist and bursting with the complex flavours of the sweet soya sauce and balsamic vinegar. An easy and elegant weeknight dinner.

This original recipe came together from my sister’s obsession with balsamic glazed asparagus and our obsession with the Singaporean instant fried noodles brand called Mi Goreng. These instant noodles make the perfect late night snack and with a little bit of effort, the perfect quick dinner. In an effort to make these instant noodles healthier (we know, it’s a stretch), we investigated what goes into real Singaporean noodles and how best to incorporate fresh vegetables into the dish. It turns out, the secret ingredient is sweet soya sauce. It is sweeter than regular soya sauce and significantly thicker, like a reduced balsamic vinegar, with some varieties mirroring the viscosity and appearance of molasses.

Shallots and garlic Shallots, the sweet cousin of onions.

I decided to use sweet soya sauce to create a recipe for balsamic glazed chicken. The foil packets cooking method ensures the chicken will be cooked to tender perfection.

Sweating shallots and garlic in butter Cooking the shallots and garlic over low heat until they’re soft and translucent.

This is the kind of dish that immediately makes it into your cooking rotation. The flavours are complex and full bodied, the chicken tender and moist. The shallots and sweet soya sauce impart sweetness, while the twang from balsamic vinegar keeps the sweetness from being overpowering. The sauce is so incredible on rice, this will be your new chicken and rice dish standard.

Balsamic chicken with rice and asparagus

The toughest ingredient to find will be the sweet soya sauce, found at Asian supermarkets or the ethnic aisle of your grocery store. We’ve tried three to four different brands and found the Lee Kum Kee Sweet Soy Sauce to be the best performer: mellow kind of sweetness with right consistency: thicker than regular soya sauce but not as thick as honey or molasses. Regardless of the brand you find, please ensure you use sweet soya sauce. I’ve tried this with regular soya sauce and the flavour combination simply did not work; the resulting sauce was too tart.

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“Healthy” Instant Fried Noodles

Healthy Mi Goreng fried noodles with egg

Verdict: These simple addition of veggies and protein to instant noodles makes it a meal so good, you’ll crave it, whether you are a penniless student or you are just looking for a quick, rounded meal.

Healthy instant noodles? It sounds impossible, given a package of noodles provides not much more than a bunch of empty carbs, and some fat. However, adding a dose of fresh vegetables and a protein source such as a fried egg will turn this empty junk food dish into something much more well rounded.

Mi Goreng fried noodles

If you haven’t eaten Mi Goreng’s instant fried noodles before, you are in for a treat! It’s a different kind of instant noodle, one that does not produce broth. Instead, it is coated in sweet soya sauce, chili oil and topped with fried onions. When you’re strapped for time and/or cash, this dish is a great alternative to fast food or take out. It’s quick, easy and there’s only a pot and a skillet to clean at the end.

The healthy part Large pieces of broccoli and large match stick sized carrots and red pepper.

My cousin introduced this to me a few years ago when we were recovering from hangovers. Instead of veggies, she added cooked chicken and a lot of hot sauce. The dried onions coated in the sweet and spicy sauce with the crispy fried onions won me over instantly; I’ve been hooked ever since. The craving was so deeply seated that, for a time, my mission was to introduce these instant noodle to as many people as possible.

Instant noodle tipTip: Use scissors to open up the sauce packages, otherwise, you’ll be fumbling to open them with greasy fingers.

Flash boiled carrots and broccoli

Times when Mi Goreng is most helpful:

  • quick dinner, minimal clean up
  • snack for a friend that’s dropping by to catch up
  • after the bar food (you don’t have to be functioning at full capacity to make it)
  • it’s cheap and doesn’t go bad, very good for students and those living away from home

Stir veggies into noodle

You can find Mi Goreng at Asian Supermarkets or the ethnic aisle of your grocery store. You will find the sweet soya sauce near by. We’ve tried three to four different brands and found the Lee Kum Kee Sweet Soy Sauce brand to be the best performer. It has a mellow kind of sweetness and the right consistency: thicker than regular soya sauce but not as thick as honey or molasses.

Instant fried noodles with a fried egg

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