Here is Chinese cooking lesson 101 from my family – you must always have garlic oil at hand. I remember my grandma, popo would have both garlic oil AND onion oil! Imagine how much time and effort she put in to make them and feed her 7 kids and many grandchildren haha 🙂
The container of garlic oil you see below, it’s hardly ever empty. If it does go empty, it’s only for a couple of days.. Garlic oil amazing for an extra punch of flavour and shortcut to delicious stir fry. Really, this is life changing. Especially, for the time-starved and flavour-hungry!
Recipe for garlic oil:
- 2 bulbs garlic, chopped
- Olive oil
- On a low heat, cook the garlic in the olive oil until golden brown
Tip 1: Do not wait to remove only when it has turned golden brown because it will continue cooking in the residual heat later. Allow extra 1 minute of cooking in the residual heat.
Here are some of the dishes that you can put up using our kitchen staple, garlic oil:
Tofu and garlic oil
- Steam the tofu for 7 to 10 minutes, depending on the size and type of tofu.
- Season with soy sauce, chopped spring onions and 1-2 tbsps of garlic oil.
Omit Step 1 if you want to serve your tofu cold, it’s still delicious but my dad would beg to differ. Hmm..
Bean sprouts stir fry
- Slightly “steam” the beansprouts in a wok with a bit of water or stir fry in a wok with a bit of olive oil (Mainly to soften the beansprouts).
- Then add the chives for 1 minute.
- Season with soy sauce, white or black pepper and garlic oil.
Toppings for bone broths
Simply top a clear bone broth with garlic oil. Believe it or not, we made this soup using leftover turkey one christmas and with the addition of 1 tbsp of garlic oil, the whole dish became so asian. It was scrumptious, flavourful and soo satisfying!!
Dry noodles (konjac)
- Wash the konjac noodles in warm water or cook wheat or egg noodles until aldente
- Simply seasoned with Himalayan salt, cracked pepper, black caramel sauce, non GMO soy sauce, oyster sauce and garlic oil.
Tip 1: The black caramel sauce gives sweetness and oyster sauce gives salty-ness to dish. Add gradually until you find the right balance of salty and sweet flavours.
Tip 2: 1-2 tbsps of garlic oil for 1 person should suffice. If you’re adding blanched vegetables to the dish, 2 tbsps of garlic oil will be necessary!
Benefits of konjac:
– water soluble fiber
– no fat, sugar, starch
– zero net carbs
– zero calories
– wheat & gluten free
– excellent diabetic supporting effects such as increasing insulin and lower blood sugar levels
– alkaline food
– regulate gastrointestinal tract
– reduce IBS
Enjoy! Thank me later after you’ve tried 😉