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Whipping Up A Delicious Meal For A Family Of 4

Updated: Jan 3, 2022

Three dishes cooked with prawn paste and black bean garlic sauce

As we embrace COVID-19 in our lives and try to stay home more often to keep ourselves safe, many families are attempting to cook more at home rather than eating out or buying food outside.

While it is nice to be able to eat healthier home-cooked meals more often, cooking for your family every day can be a challenging task, especially when you run out of ideas. Before you start worrying about tomorrow’s dinner, we’ve compiled a list of delectable recipes for you to try.

Stir-Fried Vegetables with Black Bean Sauce

Stir Fried Vegetables with Black Bean Sauce

Sources: The Kitchen Grill

A savoury vegetable dish made with everyday vegetables and black bean garlic sauce. This recipe is adapted from The Kitchen Girl.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Tai Ma Black Bean Garlic Sauce

  • 3 tbsp neutral flavoured oil

  • 1 large Chinese eggplant, chopped into bite-sized pieces

  • 3 green onions, sliced, green and white parts separated

  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced

  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ large red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 2 small zucchini, chopped into bite-sized pieces

  • 2 bulbs bok choy, leaves separated and bulb chopped

Step 1: Combine eggplant and 1 tablespoon of oil in a mixing bowl, toss to coat well.

Step 2: Preheat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.

Step 3: Add the eggplant to the preheated skillet. Sauté until tender and lightly browned, tossing whenever necessary. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Step 4: In the same skillet, heat the remaining oil. Then, add the white parts of the green onions, carrot, ginger and garlic. Sauté a few minutes until slightly tender, stirring as needed.

Step 5: Add bell peppers, zucchini, and bok choy. Then, sauté until tender, stirring occasionally.

Step 6: Add the eggplant back to the vegetables; stir in your desired amount of Tai Ma Black Bean Garlic Sauce, reduce heat to low and simmer a few minutes until veggies are warmed through and the sauce is well combined.

Step 7: Serve warm over rice. Garnish with sliced green onions.

Steamed Pork Belly With Shrimp Paste

Steamed Pork Belly with Prawn Paste

Sources: Anncoo Journal

A hearty platter of pork belly, coated with savoury prawn paste you can easily find in Singapore. This recipe is adapted from Anncoo Journal.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

Seasoning for Pork Belly:

  • ½ tbsp Chinese cooking wine (Hua Tiao Chiew)

  • ⅛ tsp salt

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • ¼ tsp light soy sauce

  • Dash of pepper

  • ½ tbsp corn starch

  • ½ tbsp water

  • ½ tbsp corn oil

Other Ingredients:

  • Man Kee Prawn Paste

  • 350g pork belly

  • Shredded ginger

  • Cut chillies

  • Cut green onions

Step 1: Slice pork belly thinly in about 3mm sizes and marinate it with the seasoning for about an hour or longer in the refrigerator.

Step 2: Add the Man Kee Prawn Paste onto the pork belly, mix well. Then, spread it out flat on a plate then top it with shredded ginger and cut chillies.

Step 3: Steam the pork belly over rapidly boiling water for about 12 minutes.

Step 4: Garnish with cut green onions and serve immediately with steamed rice.

Prawn Paste Chicken (Har Cheong Gai)

Fried Chicken with Man Kee Prawn Paste

Sources: Sadia Singapore

A crispy and aromatic plate of prawn paste chicken, a local favourite. This recipe is adapted from Sadia Singapore.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 300g mid-joint chicken wings

  • 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil


  • 1 tbsp Man Kee Prawn Paste

  • ¾ tsp sugar

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 1 tsp ginger juice (grate some ginger and squeeze the pulp)

  • ½ tsp Shaoxing wine

Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the marinade ingredients until a paste is formed. Marinate the chicken with the sauce for at least an hour or preferably overnight in the refrigerator.

Step 2: Just before deep-frying, add cornflour to the marinated chicken. Stir to coat them evenly, then shake off the excess flour.

Step 3: Preheat your air fryer to 180°C for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly brush the chicken with olive oil.

Step 4: Arrange the chicken onto the air fryer basket and air fry it for 8 minutes. Make sure that they do not overlap each other.

Step 5: After 8 minutes, turn the chicken pieces over and air fry for another 7 minutes.

Step 6: Drain chicken on paper towels before serving.

There you have it! Three simple recipes for your family to enjoy.

Get all the sauces and condiments you need from Amigo SG, a sauce supplier in Singapore bringing families together with flavours from other Asian countries. Shop the black bean garlic sauce and prawn paste featured in the three recipes here.

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