Somewhat Last-Minute Asian Baked Chicken

asian baked chicken with coconut rice & stir-fry vegetables

My friends said they were coming over for lunch the next day almost exactly at the time the gas ran out, and I had to leave. I wouldn’t have time to shop that day, or be at home to get a new cylinder put in. So, plans changed, and instead of a carefully guided, slow-cooked ragda pattice for the next day’s lunch, I decided to try out a recipe I’d recently seen on

The dish really is super-easy and turned out wonderfully, despite the fact that I only marinated it for an hour (I scored each chicken thigh deeply to let the flavour penetrate as much as it could). I made twice as much of the marinade, reserving half for stir-fry vegetables to accompany it, and served it all over coconut rice (prepare rice as usual, substituting half the water with coconut milk).

Try it. It’s easy. It’s delicious. What more do you want in a meal?

asian baked chicken with coconut rice & stir-fry vegetables


A Hankering for Noodles

ingredients for fried noodles
I am a lazy cook. No other way to say it. I have no patience for slowly stirred sauces, carefully watched pots, or preparations that need fifteen different components plated at the last minute. If it all sits together in a bowl and I can eat it with one utensil, then so much the better.

I am also a stubborn cook. Stir fries have often tantalised me, and every time I try my hand at one I learn a little more, make it a little better. I’m at the stage now where I can’t quite bang out a hundred plates of noodles that all look and taste the same, but the outcome is generally tasty, and even when my own pantry conspires to throw me a curveball, I can generally deal with it.

Today’s conundrum: the urge to eat fried noodles, with all the correct ingredients I like in fried noodles — except for noodles themselves. The closest thing I had was a packet of linguine — not the regular kind, which is a fine substitute for stir fries (spaghetti is too), but a dark green basil flavoured one.

Nevertheless, I soldiered on, and above is almost everything that went into it besides salt, pepper, oil and a last minute squirt of Sriracha, i.e.: an egg (fried as an omelet, cooled, cut into strips), noodles, celery, carrot, baby corn, garlic, asparagus, mushrooms — and mixed for the sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, and sesame oil.

plate of chinese fried noodles made with linguine
Put them all together and you get this. It didn’t taste half bad, though after a while the taste of basil completely disappeared, and that was a bit disappointing. Guess the noodles would benefit from a more delicate saucing than being tossed around in soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil until good old Maillard reactions do their magic.

close up of chinese fried noodles made with linguine