September 23, 2020
Working From Home? Here Are 3 Fancy But Easy Meals You Can Try
Since the lockdown began, many of us have been spending more time working from home. While there may be no need to commute anymore, WFH employees can use their extra time to prep and cook delicious meals that are equally homey yet appetizing.
Scroll down below for some of our top WFH lunch picks!
Kimchi & Luncheon Meat Fried Rice
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup CDO Chinese Style luncheon meat, cubed into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 tbsps garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp ginger, grated
- 1 cup kimchi, roughly chopped, drained
- 2 cups white rice, cooked
- 1/4 cup leeks, sliced
- 1/2 tsp Japanese soy sauce
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tsps sesame oil
- sesame seeds, toasted
- green onions, chopped, to garnish
- 2 eggs
How to cook Kimchi and Spam Fried Rice:
- In a large wok over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, and cook until translucent. Add mushrooms, then Spam, cooking until each is heated through.
- Add kimchi, kimchi liquid, gochujang, bouillon cube, and water. Stir to mix and dissolve bouillon cube into the mixture. Add rice, and toss to coat.
- Add green peas, and toss to mix. Once peas are heated through, stir in nori, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve immediately.
Keep the Hallyu waves coming with this k-cuisine classic! Kimchi fried rice is one of those nutritiously filling meals that’s also easy to make. Fermented foods like kimchi are good for the gut while adding animal meat like CDO Chinese Style Luncheon Meat helps you reach your ideal protein take. Top it off with over-easy eggs & green onion garnish, and you’re all set!
Roasted Caesar Salad
- 4 strips CDO Young Pork smoked bacon
- 2 heads romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and cut in half lengthwise
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup croutons
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Choice of Caesar salad dressing
How to make Roasted Caesar Salad:
- Make the creamy Caesar dressing: Whisk together garlic, lemon juice, mustard, and mayonnaise in a bowl. Pour in olive oil in a slow, steady stream while whisking. Season with sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
- Preheat a toaster oven. Line baking sheet with foil.
- Arrange bacon on baking sheet in 1 layer. Cook in the toaster oven until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove excess oil and foil from the baking sheet. Chop bacon into smaller pieces. Set aside.
- Place lettuce, cut side up, on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and rub with garlic all over. Season with salt and pepper. Roast until slightly charred, about 5 minutes. Do this in batches, if necessary.
- Arrange lettuce on a serving bowl. Drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle bacon, croutons, and Parmesan cheese on top. Serve immediately.
With the current pandemic situation, most people are opting for healthier options. If you have trouble adjusting your diet, why not make a roasted Caesar salad! This kind of salad uses dehydrated lettuce leaves mixed with chopped CDO Young Pork smoked bacon bits, grated parmesan, & croutons drizzled in caesar dressing. To make the veggies more flavorful, you can drizzle olive oil and rub garlic all over each piece before popping it into the toaster oven.
Katsu Curry Rice
- 1 whole CDO Premium Tonkatsu
- 300g cooked japanese rice
- 2-3 cubes japanese curry
- 1 large onion
- 1 large potato
- 1 carrot
- vegetable oil for deep-frying
- fukujinzuke pickled radish
How to make Katsu Curry Rice:
- Peel and cut onion, potato and carrot into small chunks.
- Add chopped vegetables to a large pan and fill the pan approximately half-way with water.
- Bring the water to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
- Prepare rice while vegetables are cooking.
- Prepare pork by removing all the fat and seasoning with salt and pepper.
- Coat pork with plain flour, cover with raw, beaten egg and then dip in breadcrumbs before deep-frying in vegetable oil.
- Add 2-3 blocks of curry roux to vegetables and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Stir until curry sauce is thick and smooth.
- Slice cooked pork katsu into strips and lay over a bed of rice, then add the curry sauce. Garnish with pickled radish and enjoy.
Source: Japan Centre
Take your tastebuds overseas with a piping hot bowl of Katsu Curry! Japanese Curry is one of the most popular meals in the Nihon region. Perfect for the colder months, the dish is much sweeter than indian curry and can be eaten with rice, udon noodles, or bread. You can use curry cubes to quickly achieve its trademark roux, while ready-to-fry meat products like CDO Premium Tonkatsu shortens your cooking time with less prep. Don’t forget to add some fukujinzuke for a more authentic feel!