Thursday, 13 January 2022

Steamed : My Lazy Easy Dinners

This is what I have been doing for many many weeks now - steaming food for my dinners. That's because steaming is so so quick and simple.

What I do is I marinate a bunch of sliced meat with crushed garlic, light soya sauce, sesame oil and loads of pepper. This protein I keep in an air tight container and it keeps well in the fridge for 4 days.

As for the vegetables, I choose those that are suited for steaming (most are) like napa cabbage, French beans, mustard greens and bittergourd.

Then I have the add-ons like egg tofu, frozen dumplings and my favorite, beancurd skin.

Once I add all my raw ingredients into my plate (layered - first with the beancurd skin, vegetables, tofu/frozen dumplings and marinated meat) I add a drizzle of oyster sauce. Then it is off to the electric steamer for 20-30 minutes (depending on what type of vegetable I am using).

One of my favorite veggies is broccoli.

I know this does not look particularly appetizing but believe me it is very tasty.

Sometime I use green leafy vegetables and have to be careful not to overcook these.

I eat this steamed dish as it is, no rice and accompanied by a condiment of light soya sauce mixed with apple cider vinegar, some sugar and lots of chopped garlic and cili padi.

Another favorite add-on besides beancurd skin are these lovely dumplings which I buy frozen from Sanbanto.

They are very convenient to have on hand in the freezer for soups as well.

I'll have to say that my absolute must-have (I may be addicted to it) is beancurd skin. My favorite brand is Everbest which I get from Aeon

I also love to add them into soups because they simply absorb all the great flavors.

So besides soup, this is what I have for my weekday dinners, something that I never get tired of.

To make things even easier, I wash, drain and cut the vegetables and store them in the fridge. When I come home from work, it is just a matter of assembling the ingredients before they are tossed into the steamer. Bon appetit!


  1. Lovely dumplings!!! I loved the bak kua from Sanbanto...but nobody buying for me for a long time now. Can't get that here.

    1. Oh? I must give the bak kua a try then.

  2. looks like its gonna be my fav meal too! simple and tasty! i like the meat dumplings and beancurd skin too!

    1. I change up the vegetables and it won't get boring.

  3. Actually steaming is healthy in the sense it could retain the nutrition and using no or less oil at all. I tried steaming Napa cabbage with pork ribs before. Hubby's recipe. Lol.

    1. Agreed! I do it simply because it is so convenient.

  4. Very tasty food. I am drooling looking at your food 🤤🤤🤤. Thank you for recommending sanbanto frozen dumplings. I just bought a few packs from them but haven't eaten any yet. I buy everbest brand too for frozen soyknots and soychips.

  5. Thank you for sharing, what delicious steamed dishes....will definetely try them....
    May i ask if i coukd steam beef too?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Annie! You could, though I have never steamed beef before!


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