My right leg wasn't 'functioning' well for the past few days. Can't explain what's wrong, just pain in the upper thigh [no sprain, no fall that I can remember..]. Doctor says it's just tired muscles probably from exercise or some strenuous work...what is the remedy then...some painkillers and ointment to soothe the pain..and hope for the best [that's why not in the mood to do much cooking or baking].
Then, met my sister in-law, she says she had the same problem before and her cure came from eating confinement dishes [that means lots of gingery and sesame oil stuff]. That time her sister in-law was in confinement and she finished the leftovers.... So where am I supposed to get the leftover confinement dishes??? No problem, I made a simple one myself and here is my ginger fried rice using only sesame oil. Hopefully it can help to make me better otherwise must try other confinement dishes.. hehehe. Here are some dishes which I have cooked before that uses lots of ginger and sesame oil ['Ang Chow' Chicken; Sesame Oil Ginger Chicken Soup; Fried Sesame Oil Ginger Chicken; Family Style Sesame Ginger Meatballs].
Ginger is healthy and adds flavours to dishes, stimulates immune activity and helpful in treating colds and flu. It is believed that ginger has medicinal value acting as an agent to expel 'wind' from the body.
3 bowls of cooked rice [overnight rice]
100 gm char siew - diced or
50 gm anchovies - rinsed and deep fried until crispy - set aside
3 eggs - add a little salt and pepper to taste
100 gm ginger - shredded finely
6 tbsp sesame oil
some chopped spring onions and red chillies
1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper
1/4 tsp each of sugar and ground black pepper
1 tbsp light soy sauce
- Heat 3-4 tbsp sesame oil in wok and fry ginger shreds until aromatic and crispy. Dish out and set aside.
- Add the remaining sesame oil, pour in the egg. Stir in the rice and toss to combine well. Add in seasoning and diced char siew [I'm using only char siew, you can substitute with fried anchovies].
- Fry briefly and add in half of the fried ginger. Continue to fry until rice is heated through.
- Add in spring onions and dish out to serve hot. Garnish with rest of fried ginger and cut red chillies.
Here are some notes I read about rice from a book 'What's in your food? by Chia Joo Suan [a food chemist].
Rice is a super staple food:-
- helps lower cholesterol and risk of diabetes - the dietary fibre found in rice is associated with lowering blood cholesterol and reducing risk of heart attack and diabetes. A cup of cooked white rice supplies dietary fibre equivalent to that of the juice of 3 oranges.
- low calorie meal - a meal with rice does not supply higher calorie than a meal without rice. eg. high protein food comprising 2 pieces of chicken drumsticks supplies 600 calories, while a bowl of plain white rice has 205 calories and when served with a piece of chicken drumstick provides a total of 505 calories [difference of 95 calories]. The difference will allow you to enjoy other food.
- rice is low in fat and free of cholesterol, supply energy for our daily activities and contains protein, minerals and vitamins.
- unpolished brown rice and parboiled rice are good sources of vitamin B1, B2 and B3 as well as iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium.
I'm sharing this with Muhibbah Malaysian Monday hosted by Suresh of 3 hungry tummies