Budget Asian

Being on a budget means playing around with recipes based on what I can afford and what I have at home. I’m very proud of the meal I made based on a couple of recipes by Mr. Oliver in my new Meals in Minutes book.

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles, Crispy Sweet-Chili Chicken, and an Asian Tray of Munchies!

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles (adapted from the following “Meal in Minutes” by Jamie Oliver)


Sesame Oil

Soy Sauce

1 clove Garlic

Chili Paste

1 Lemon


8 Green Onions (chopped)

Beef Broth

Yu-Mein Noodles


Put a large pot of water onto your stove top to boil. Put your broth in a small pot to boil. While you’re waiting for those to heat up, start seasoning your bowls! That’s right, you’re going to season a bowl for every person to eat their noodles out of. In 4 bowls put 1 tbl. spn sesame oil, 1 tsp. chili paste (depending on your heat tolerance add more or less), 1 tbl. spn soy sauce. Crush your clove of garlic and split it between your 4 bowls. Divide your chopped green onions among the bowls. Your water should be boiling now so add your nests of noodles to the boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice into each bowl as well as about a tsp. of honey. Divide your cooked noodles to the bowls and add about 1/2 cup of hot beef broth. Everyone can toss their noodles in the broth and “pimp up” their dish with bits and pieces from my tray of munchies!

 Asian Tray of Munchies

Get a large serving plate or chopping board. Put a bottle of soy sauce on it along with a bowl of fresh bean sprouts. Pour a couple of tbl. spns of sweet-chili sauce onto the plate and squeeze some lime juice into it. Put some slices of lime onto the plate/board/tray along with some prawn chips and picked cilantro leaves. Put a little cup of toasted sesame seeds on the tray.

Everyone can dip their chips into the sweet-chili-lime sauce, snack on bean sprouts or add them to their noodles. Squeeze lime or soy sauce onto their noodles. Sprinkle some sesame seeds. It’s a fun and interactive way to eat, trust me on this one, you’ll enjoy it!

Crispy Sweet-Chili Chicken (adapted from the “30 Minute Meal” green curry, crispy chicken, kimchee slaw, rice noodles” by Mr. Oliver


chicken thighs with skin

olive oil

salt and pepper

chili paste


toasted sesame seeds


Put a large frying pan onto medium high heat. Add a lug of olive oil. Put your chicken thighs in skin side down. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 20 minutes, flipping chicken every minute or so until crisp on the outside and completely cooked inside. Drain fat out of pan and wipe with a paper towel until dry. Add 2 tbl. spn chili paste to the pan and toss the chicken in it for a minute or 2 until completely coated. Squeeze 2 tbl. spn honey onto your chicken and use a tong to completely coat. Leave the chicken skin side down for about a minute. Take of the heat, serve and enjoy!


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