Blog Train: $20 Budget Meal - March

Sunday, March 27, 2011

As all Super-readers should know, I am a foodie. I love eating and eating loves me. (wtf I don't know what does "eating loves me" mean but I have to make it look like it's a two-way thing, ok?)

While I love baking to bits, I also enjoy staying in the kitchen whipping up dishes as well, if I have the time! So when I was reading Ellena's blog, I was immediately inspired by her blog event.

Ellena is not only a mom, but a fantastic cook as well! Head on to her blog and you'd totally know what I mean. ;)

The general rule of this "challange" is you have to whip up 2 dishes and 1 soup under S$20. That's all!

Kinda simple isn't it? :D So, I decided to take part and here are my dishes for tonight! I've also included the recipes for your cooking joy, but I don't think they are very accurate as I don't really use teaspoons for measurements. A lot are based on my taste and instincts. Regardless, I hope you guys will enjoy this entry!

To start off, here's my Soup:

  • Indonesia Fresh Sweet Corns - $1.25
  • Medium Carrots - $0.55
  • Pork Spare Ribs - $3.87
Total: $5.67

  1. Clean the spare ribs, carrots and corn thoroughly. Scrape off the "skin" of the carrot and peel off the corn leaves.
  2. Boil some water (sufficient to cover the pork ribs)
  3. When water boils, throw the pork ribs in to cook it briefly. Leave it until there are no more redness in the meat.
  4. Sieve the ribs out, boil a fresh pot of water. When the water starts to boil, throw in the semi-cooked ribs and simmer with small fire.
  5. When the soup comes to boil again, throw in the corn. The soup should stop gurgling like crazy.
  6. When the soup comes to boil again, throw in the carrots. This time, add in 3 tablespoons of soya sauce, some sugar and salt to taste. Just keep adding and tasting it until it makes you happy.
  7. Simmer it further and boil it on small fire. When it eventually comes to boil again, taste the soup and if it is fine, it's ready to serve!

The next dish is one of my favourites from the limited recipes off from my head.

  • Egg Tofu x 2 - $1.90
  • Minced Chicken (you can use pork too) - $2.22
  • Garlic cloves - $0.20
  • Tomato ketchup - $0.20
Total: $4.52

  1. Chop up the garlic finely, then divide the tofu into equal bits.
  2. Marinate the minced chicken about 30 minutes before you cook it (the gist is, the longer you marinate it, the better it tastes) - drench the minced chicken with sesame oil, soya sauce and pepper. You can throw in a little sugar too.
  3. Heat the pan and fry the tofu into golden brown first. Careful to keep the heat low so that the oil will not splatter.
  4. Scoop the tofu up and drench away excess oil.
  5. Still using low heat, stir fry the garlic until fragrant. Then throw in the minced chicken and start chomping them so that they won't stick together.
  6. When all the chicken bits turn white (cooked), pour about 4 tablespoon of ketchup in.
  7. Add in a little water to have a little sauce for your rice.
  8. Add a little sugar in too, if you don't want it to be too sour.
  9. Mix them up and pour the chicken onto the pre-fried tofu and serve.

And finally, the last dish... also another of my favourite.

It's easy to do, and it smells heavenly! Besides, onions are one of my favourite munchies. (Who cares about smelly farts, hehehe.)

  • Large Onion - $0.25
  • 2 Eggs - $0.30
Total: $0.55

  1. Break 2 eggs into a bowl and marinate it with sesame oil and soya sauce
  2. Cut the onions up (don't cry!)
  3. Pan fry the onions until fragrant, then pour in the egg mixture.
  4. Flip the egg and ensure that it is evenly cooked, and serve.

So there you are! Here is my $20 budget meal, completed at $10.75. It fed three of us: Nian, myself and my sister.

Simple and cheap meals can easily be achieved if you put in the effort to. Most importantly, home cooked dishes are also considerably healthier as compared to dining out.

Also try to avoid deep fried food, even though they are generally the easiest to prepare but often the most unhealthy. Besides, you don't get much cooking satisfaction by dumping food into oil and wait for it to be done! :)

You can read on more $20 Budget Meals challenge at Ellena's blog, do join me in the next challenge! ;)

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  1. WOw!!! Lovely!!! Sweet, Simple and Easy! These are what we are looking for. Quick and easy homecook dish that is healthy and budget :) Thanks for supporting us. Cheers!


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