Happy Chinese New Year – the year of the Goat/Ram/Sheep (which is me). Reading my horoscope for the year, I am quite pleasant with the future ahead! There are a lot of good things coming my way in the New Year: life, romance, money and luck. The exact turnaround I need 🙂
Traditionally, I’d be having a large family feast at home with lots of food, lucky red envelops and clementine for good luck. This won’t be happening this year since all of us (my siblings and I) are dispersed. The other day, my brother and mom texted me with photos of the family feast… let’s just say I wanted to cry. It’s crazy how back in my younger days, it was just seen as another holiday throughout the year, and the dinners and treats just felt like the norm. Now that I’m on my own and am unable to make it to such events, it really shows how much we need to cherish and embrace those moments.
I, for one, will not be enjoying the authentic dishes like my family will. Instead, I used some essential ingredients and whipped up a quick, easy and delicious Sticky Rice with Asian-Marinated Shrimp.
Here is what you’ll need:
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 broccoli stems, peeled and minced
- 1 cup of peas
- ¼ of an onion
- ½ cup water chestnuts, minced
- 1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
- Salt and pepper
- Sticky rice (like sushi rice) cooked — for two, I used 1 cup unprepared
- 14 large shrimp marinaded in soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic and ginger (eyeball it)
- Red pepper flakes
In a large wok, heat oil and cook broccoli stems, peas, onion, water chestnuts and mushrooms for about 5 minutes on medium.
Add salt, pepper and 1 Tbsp each of soy sauce and oyster sauce.
Cook until dry. Add in bean sprouts and stir fry for about 2 minutes. Following, add in the rice and an additional 1 Tbsp of soy sauce and oyster sauce and ‘stir fry’ for about 3 minutes. Throw in the green onions and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Simultaneously, cook the marinaded shrimp in a medium pan until pink — about 3 minutes on medium-high heat. These will cook quick, be sure not to overcook!Dish up your sticky rice in a bowl, top with shrimp and red pepper flakes. I hope you’re hungry — dig in!