cooking pak choi ideas

Fried Pak Choi Recipe

This traditional fried pak choi recipe takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and is great when accompanied with other Chinese dishes. You can use low fat oil spray if you wish. A lot of Chinese restaurants I’ve visited also serve pak choi this way.

Pak choi is available from most Asian supermarkets. Some large chain supermarkets like Tesco, Aldi and Lidl also stock pak choi but I don’t find their quality as good. Continue reading

add the salt and chilli powder to the chicken

Salt and Chilli Chicken Recipe

Salt and chilli chicken is one of my favourite dishes. I love the crispy fried chicken a long with the crunch vegetables and the spicy kick the chilli salt gives to the dish. This salt and chilli chicken recipe was given to me by a good friend who runs a successful Chinese takeaway here in Dublin, Ireland. It is by far one of the most popular dishes in his shop and I can see why. Every time I visit, they are making batches and batches of this stuff! It flies out.


  • Chicken breast cut into strips – you can use chicken wings or prawns either, whatever you prefer
  • Chilli salt – you can get this in any asian supermarket, you can often get them in single sachets like the ones in the pictures below
  • Carrot batons (optional) – I used two carrots
  • 1 x Green or red pepper cut into strips
  • 1 x Onion cut into strips
  • Chillies
  • 2 tablespoons of Chinese 5 spice
  • Diced Garlic
  • Corn Flour


  1. Marinade the chicken with salt, pepper and Chinese 5 spice and set aside in the fridge (overnight is best for extra flavour)
  2. Heat up a wok with oil (or use a deep fat fry like I did)
  3. With the chicken, cover each strip in corn flour and fry in batches until their golden brown.
    1. Depending on the size of the chicken strips, it should take between 6-8 minutes per batch.
    2. Make sure the chicken is cooked by taking a piece and cutting it in half. If there is any pink in the middle, it needs a bit longer!
  4. Take out and drain the oil
  5. Put the carrots, pepper and onions into the deep fat fryer for 1 minute. (The vegetables should not be overcooked, slightly al-dente is perfect)
  6. Meanwhile, heat up a wok with some oil and add the chillies and garlic
  7. Add the chicken, carrots, pepper and onions
  8. Stir fry for 2 minutes, mixing all the ingredients together
  9. Add the chilli salt (be careful here and don’t add too much!)
  10. Stir fry for a further 3 minutes and serve with rice

Note that this is a dry dish, so there isn’t much sauce, if you’d like a bit of sauce, I would recommend some curry sauce on the side to accompany this dish along with a nice helping of chips, boiled rice or fried rice.

This is a very popular dish on my blog and heres a version with prawns which I hope you will try!

Marinade the chicken with salt, pepper and five spice

Marinade the chicken with salt, pepper and five spice


Main Ingredients – Chilli, Chicken, chilli salt pepper, vegetables and cornflour

Fry the chicken in batches

Cover chicken in corn flour and fry in batches until cooked through

Fry the vegetables

Fry the onions, pepper and carrots until they’re slightly al dente

Heat the wok

Heat the wok, add oil, garlic and chillies

chicken frying pan

Add the chicken and toss

vegetables frying

Add the vegetables and stir on a high heat

tossing chicken

Add the chilli salt pepper mix and toss until coated

salt and chilli chicken

Serve with rice or chips and enjoy!

stir fry beef curry in a pan

Chinese Beef Curry Recipe

This Chinese Beef Curry Recipe is both quick and delicious. It is very simple to make and you can try it for yourself.

Serve this dish with chips or rice and it will soon become one of your favourite go to dishes to impress your friends and family.

You can substitute the beef for other types of meat including chicken or lamb. You can also be creative with the vegetables. Continue reading

Simple White Bread Recipe

The long bank holiday weekend is approaching, which means I have loads of time to spend it in the kitchen cooking stuff and I think one of things I’ll make this weekend is this simple white bread recipe, perfect for a lunchtime sandwich or for some toast in the mornings. Leftovers can be fried and added to salads as crunch croutons.  What’s not to love!

We had actually invested in a breadmaker some years ago but never really warmed to the bread that it produced. For sure, the convenience was great but with a stand mixer at our disposal now, gathering the ingredients and throwing them into a bowl is the hardest part. The lovely smell of fresh bread that fills our kitchen in the mornings is great too. I don’t think I’ll be turning back to our breadmaker. Continue reading