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This is a very easy way of adding a vegetable dish to your rice lunch box.  It is done Asian style with bottled oyster sauce.  Vegetarians can also prepare this dish as you can use “vegetarian” oyster sauce which is made from mushrooms.  I also like using bottled abalone sauce as well.  These condiments should be available at most Asian supermarkets.

Ingredients (Serves 4 adults):

  • One medium sized broccoli (about 300 g), cut into smaller pieces
  • One small carrot, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (or similar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • Water for blanching

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1:  Heat up some water in the saucepan.

Step 2:  When it is boiling, add the olive oil and salt.  Thereafter, put in the sliced carrots and broccoli.

Step 3:  When both vegetables are cooked, take them out with a strainer to drain away any excess water.  Set aside in a salad bowl.

Step 4:  Add the oyster sauce and toss the vegetables till it is well mixed.

Step 5:  If you are preparing it for your lunch box, place the broccoli immediately in your thermos food jar to keep it warm.  You can also choose to store them in a microwave-safe container and reheat them at your workplace.

This method of cooking does without the need for stir-frying with a wok, so cleaning up is also a breeze, especially if you are rushing to work.

There are other vegetables that can be cooked this way too, like brussel sprouts, kailan, xiao bai chye, etc.

Remember to include more vegetables in your diet always!

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