A little Asian


Typically, I cook Italian.

A few fresh ingredients, very little culinary effort, a lot of love for food and… TA DA! A meal fit for a king!

However, once in a while it’s nice to branch out and try something new. As my master chef of a mum can whip up delicious Asian dishes whilst half asleep with both hands tied behind her back, I figured… why not try something a little closer to home?

So out comes the soy sauce and udon noodles!

Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry


  • 400g of broccoli
  • 200g of beef
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 6 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of corn starch
  • minced chili pepper (optional)
  • 2 single serving packs of udon noodles
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Preparation time: 45 minutes; Serves 2-3
  1. Slice the beef into ½ to 1 cm strips. Marinate in soy sauce, minced garlic, chili pepper, sugar and corn starch for about 20 minutes.
  2. Chop up the broccoli into florets and quarter or halve them. Partially cook the broccoli in salted boiling water, then drain and throw into a pan of heated oil. Add the marinated beef and stir-fry together.
  3. Reuse the boiling water to partially cook the udon noodles. Read the cooking instructions on the packet carefully, as typically it takes only a couple of minutes to fully cook.
  4. Drain the noodles and combine with beef and broccoli. The dish is ready as soon as the beef is brown on the outside. Plate and serve hot.

[Insert the Chinese/Japanese equivalent of “buon appetito” here.]

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