One-Dish Meal

Suggested Menu, Tofu November 11th, 2008

one dish meal

In today’s hectic lifestyle, one-dish meals have become a popular choice amongst busy mothers and career women. Today I would like to share with you a simple, healthy and practical one-dish meal that I recently cooked for both my son and myself. I selected my son’s favorite ingredients to be included in this meal (mushrooms, meat, beancurd and edamames) to wet his appetite. I also used my own concoction of “teriyaki” sauce (a combination of light soya sauce, mirin and sugar). With one bowl of rice, we slurped up everything on the plate. This means less washing up too!

The ingredients chosen in this dish, whilst being my son’s favourite, are also packed with nutrients suitable and crucial for a growing child. Of interest would be the edamame, which is packed with dietary fiber, iron, protein, phosphorus, thiamin and copper, and a very good source of folate, Vitamin K and manganese. You might also want to know that edamames have very low sodium content.

Hope you’ll enjoy savouring as well as preparing them. To all Chefs, let’s start wokking now.


  • Assorted fresh mushrooms (shitake, button, enoki, portobello etc) – wash over running water and chopped (I used 3 white button mushrooms+1 large portobello mushroom approx 100g)
  • 60g minced meat (or chicken)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • Handful of frozen/ fresh Japanese soy beans (edamames)
  • 150g beancurd for steaming (½ block)


  • 1 tablespoon light soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet cooking sauce/ wine)
  • 1 tablespoon teaspoon Chinese Shaoxing cooking rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash of pepper (to taste)
  • Cornstarch (mix with water) for thickening

Seasoning (for marinating meat)

  • 1/2 teaspoon light soya sauce
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour


Marinated minced meat with seasonings for at least ½ hour. Add 1 tbsp water if necessary.

Steam beancurd for 10-15 mins, drain water and cut into slices. Set aside.

Blanch frozen edamame over boiling water for 1-2 mins. For fresh ones, blanch using salted water. Do not overcook as you will lose the nutrients and colour with prolonged cooking.

Heat up wok with 1 tbsp oil. Sautee minced garlic until fragrant.

Add in minced meat. Do not stir fry immediately. Let it cook for a while until it is slightly caramelized. Turn it over and break it slightly. Let it cook for a while until caramelized. This will increase the aroma of the minced meat. Reduce the heat to low and start breaking up the meat. (I learnt the tip here)

Add in mushrooms. Stir-fry for a while. Add in seasonings. Let it simmer for a while until the sauce is thicken.

Add in cornstarch solution. Stir-fry until well combined. Dish up and pour over the steamed beancurd. Garnish with cooked edamames.

This recipe is brought to you by our Guest Chef Food For Tots. Food For Tots is a stay-at-home “multi-tasker” who loves to prepare simple, healthy and practical meals for the family. Her blog also share ideas on how to introduce healthy food to toddlers.

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  1. 1
    November 11th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Practical dish for “busy” Mommies. Healthy choice for the whole family! Nice shot!

  2. 2
    November 11th, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I will soon be moving to our own place and will have to start cooking for hubby & son soon. This will be an easy start recipe for me. Thanks so much for sharing ya.

  3. 3
    November 11th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Pablopabla, found your site through Food For Tots’. I love her site and also am amazed by yours looking at all the recipes you’ve got. It will take me some time to read through them all, but I’m excited to take the challenge!

  4. 4
    November 11th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    The food looks so delicious and the ingredients is quite simple. Should try someday! 🙂

  5. 5
    November 11th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Any tip on how to remove the beancurd from the box in whole?

  6. 6
    lk (food for tots)
    November 11th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Alice,
    Tks for your wonderful comments!

    Hi Family First,
    Looks like we are sharing a similar experience too. I just started cooking for my hubby and son 1 year ago. 🙂

  7. 7
    lk (food for tots)
    November 11th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Tummy Thoz,
    After peeling away the plastic paper, trim off the edges of the box. Make a small incision at the side between the beancurd and the wall of the box. Let slow running water sip into the incision. With sufficient water, the beancurd will float up by itself. Cover box with a plate. Flip over. Ta Da! Tips from my mom.

  8. 8
    lk (food for tots)
    November 11th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Selba,
    Give it a try. Hope you like it. 😉

  9. 9
    November 12th, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Best to go with porridge on a hot weather in SG! Yummy!

  10. 10
    November 12th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    One dish meals like this is a great time saver. Love the recipe as well as the lovely photography … congrats on the feature lk!

  11. 11
    My Simple Food
    November 12th, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Hello….interesting recipe for kids. Maybe I can just cook my Hubby-D. He is a kid himself 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  12. 12
    November 13th, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Awesome…simple yet full of nutritions. Been looking for ideas of one-dish meal. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Will try this out. And btw thanks for accepting me as friend in Fdbuzz:))

  13. 13
    lk (food for tots)
    November 13th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Hi dora,
    Tks for your wonderful idea.

    Hi noobcook, my simple food & elin,
    Tks for your kind comments.

  14. 14
    November 14th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    This dish is so beautiful! The shot is simply fabulous.

  15. 15
    lk (food for tots)
    November 15th, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Hi Jun,
    Tks for your kind comments.

  16. 16
    November 15th, 2008 at 2:36 am

    Great one dish!! I love it, tofu is always good 🙂

  17. 17
    November 16th, 2008 at 6:46 am

    I love one dish meals! especially on week nights hehe, and love tofu 🙂

  18. 18
    lk (food for tots)
    November 16th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Hi mycookinghut & tasteofhome,
    Glad that u like it. Tks. Give it a try! 😉

  19. 19
    November 18th, 2008 at 7:57 am

    yumm, I love Tofu, especially silken tofu. This recipe sounds yummy, must give that a try. Hey, I’ve meme tagged you, check it out and spread the love to someone else if you feeling generous! 🙂

  20. 21
    June 8th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve learnt a new ingredient here – endamame. My hubby loves this dish especially when it takes less time for me to prepare it after work. 🙂

  21. 22
    March 11th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Great recipe. My 1st try turned out perfectly. Delicious!


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