Monday, April 26, 2010

Mixed vegetables and bacon stir fry

I love looking at the meat and sea food section at HyperCity... and this in spite of the fact that I really do not eat red meat. But just looking at all the different selections of frozen and fresh meats, cuts, marinades, etc makes me want to experiment! So the last time I was there, I couldn't resist picking up a packet of frozen Streaky Bacon.

I'm usually really hesitant to try out any form of red meat. So the simplest form of eating the bacon without getting assaulted by the smell of red meat, was frying the bacon strips to go with an egg-and-toast breakfast. The crispy bacon tasted yummy as a breakfast accompaniment! All you have to do is just fry the strips in their own fat till they start sizzling. Turn them over and fry both the sides till done. I personally like my bacon to be well-done and crunchy, but you could just keep them pink and chewy too.

The crunchy bacon also found its way into this simple stir fry that i made with mushrooms, baby corn and assorted vegetables.


Button mushrooms - 1/2 cup - sliced
Baby Corn - cut diagonally into 1 inch pieces - 1/2 cup
Red and Yellow Peppers - Sliced into thin strips - 1/2 cup
Streaky bacon - 2 strips
Garlic - 3-4 cloves
Green chillies - 4
Soy sauce - 1 tsp
Green Chilli Sauce - 1 tsp
Balsamic Vinegar - 1/2 tsp
Blue cheese - 1/2 tsp

In 1 tbsp cooking oil, saute the sliced garlic cloves till brown. Add the green chillies, mushrooms, baby corn and peppers. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper, cover and let cook for 2 min.

In a frying pan, place the strips of streaky bacon and fry until crispy. You don't need to add any oil as the bacon will release its own fat.

Break the fried bacon strips into pieces and add it to he vegetables. Pour in the soy sauce, chilli sauce and balsamic vinegar and stir in the blue cheese. Adjust seasoning and serve hot with some noodles or fried rice.

The picture is really bad as it was clicked on my much-abused mobile phone, but it definitely tasted better than it looks! :D