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About Geraldine's Kitchen Journey

A simple woman who has a strong passion for cooking and baking. Amidst all setbacks, she is determined to keep going.

Stir Fried Minced Beef With Fine Beans

This protein packed meal is a as delicious as it is nutritious and incidentally on of my son’s favourite dishes. He will be always so happy and satisfied to eat this alone with rice. He says that it’s the crunch of the fine beans that he likes the most which is surprising because he has declared himself a carnivore so for him to like a dish with vegetables means that the dish must be really good. Cooking this is very easy with not much steps required. =). You may also use French beans if you like but we prefer fine beans which are like French beans but are narrower in size.


  • 230g fine beans (rinse, pat dry, trim and chop into small pieces)
  • 320g minced beef
  • 3 long red Chili (slice)
  • 1 tbs minced shallot
  • 1 tbs minced garlic


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2.5 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce

Note : I use baking cup and spoon for measuring


  • Mix all the gravy together until well combined. set aside. Stir again prior to use to combine the starch well.
  • In a heated well seasoned wok at medium high heat, drizzle 2 tbs oil. Stir fry the garlic , chilli and shallots till fragrant.
  • Add in the minced beef, stir fry until about 80 percent cooked. Break up the meat into bits. Add in the fine beans. Stir fry for about 2-3 minutes or until the beans are somewhat tender but with little crunch. Add in the gravy. Stir fry till the sauce thickens. Turn off the heat and serve with rice or porridge.

Sesame Oil Ginger Chicken

This is one of those dishes that are easy to prepare , with a few typical Chinese sauces that you have at home. This is also one of the dishes being prepared during confinement after pregnancy. The gravy is really good to go with your rice, so tasty that even my kids who are not a fan of ginger love this dish!


  • 40g thinly sliced ginger
  • 1kg mid joint wing chicken
  • 400g water
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs light soy sauce (Jiang Qing)
  • 1.5 tbs dark soy sauce
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbs sesame oil


  • In a heated cast iron casserole, drizzle 2-3 tbs oil , stir fry 20g ginger til crispy at medium heat. Remove from the heat and set aside. This will be served as garnish. Regular wok is fine, but you would need to cook a little longer to soften the meat.
  • Add 2 tbs of sesame oil into the casserole, add the ginger, stir fry till fragrant.
  • Add in the wings, pan fry each sides of the wings until slightly brown.
  • Add in the water, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Give a light stir, turn down the heat and let it simmer, covered for 15 mins.
  • After 15 mins, flip the chicken . Cover and let it simmer further for about 10 mins. If your liquid is drying too fast and chicken are not tender yet, you can add some water. By now the liquid gravy has reduced and thickened. Top it with the fried ginger. Serve hot.