1WokMeals · Chinese Cuisine · Good Food · Lunar New Year · Vegetables

Asian-inspired Recipe No.1

This month sees the celebration of  Lunar New Year, (Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival). I will be sharing gluten-free, egg-free recipes that are either Chinese or  Asian-inspired. I hope that you will enjoy them!

The first recipe I’m sharing is a vegetable dish. Yay! for the vegetarians! Actually, most of the dishes I’ll be sharing will be vegetarian, or have a vegetarian option.

In Chinese cuisine, in particular, not all vegetable dishes are necessarily vegetarian. A lot of pork is used as the main protein ingredient.

None of my recipes contain pork.

Today’s recipe is one a friend shared with me, and I tried to replicate it – haha! Let’s just say that mine is a rehashed version! 😛

Okra with Sesame Sauce (gluten free, egg free, dairy free, corn free, oat free, nut free)

Servings: 2-4
By: gfchopstix
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 5-8 minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 250g of okra
  • Salt, for rolling (see instructions below)
  • A pot of filtered water

Sesame Sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons of white roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Rice wine
  • 2 Tablespoons of gluten-free Soy sauce (or Tamari)
  • 1 teaspoon of Sesame oil

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Instructions:

  1. Wash the okra
  2. Roll the okra in salt, on a cutting board *
  3. Bring a medium sized pot of water to boil
  4. Place the okra into the pot
  5. Boil for 5-8  minutes (until tender, not mushy)
  6. Remove from the pot and leave to drain, thoroughly
  7. Once cooled, top and tail the okra
  8. Cut into even sized pieces
  9. Place into a dish

* the salt will get rid of the ‘hair’ on the okra

Making the Sesame Sauce:

  1. Place 2 Tablespoons of roasted white sesame into a mortar and pestle and grind
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, Rice wine, sesame oil and sesame seeds
  3. Stir well
  4. Pour over the okra
  5. Serve

Note: I did not grind the sesame seeds, and so the sauce is not very pretty looking.

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