Your Sweet Escape In Tuaran: Secret Recipe

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Craving a unique and delicious flavor adventure? Look no further than Secret Recipe Tuaran! This dish, hailing from the vibrant island of Borneo in Malaysia, is a delightful stir-fry bursting with savory, sweet, and slightly spicy notes.

While there’s no single “official” recipe, the core ingredients and techniques remain consistent. Today, we’ll delve into the secrets of creating this delectable dish at home, complete with a breakdown of ingredients, step-by-step instructions, and detailed nutritional information.

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Protein: (Choose one or a combination)

  • 1 pound (450g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • 1 pound (450g) medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound (450g) firm tofu, cubed and pan-fried until slightly golden
  • Vegetables:
  • 1 cup (200g) green beans, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup (200g) snow peas, trimmed and strings removed
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch (2.5cm) ginger, peeled and julienned
  • Sauce:
  • ½ cup (125ml) low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup (60ml) oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup (60ml) brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) tamarind paste (or substitute with 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1 tablespoon brown sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) cornstarch
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • Finishing Touches:
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) cooking oil
  • ½ cup (125ml) chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: Fried shallots or toasted peanuts for garnish (adds a delightful crunch)

  • Directions:

    1. Marinate the Protein: In a large bowl, combine your chosen protein (chicken, shrimp, or tofu) with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and a pinch of pepper. Let it marinate for at least 15 minutes while you prepare the vegetables and sauce.
    2. Prepare the Vegetables: Wash and chop the green beans, snow peas, bell pepper, and onion. Mince the garlic and julienne the ginger.
    3. Make the Sauce: In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, tamarind paste (or lime juice and sugar substitute), cornstarch, and water. Set aside.
    4. Cook the Protein: Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cooking oil and let it shimmer. Once hot, add the marinated protein and cook until golden brown and cooked through (about 5-7 minutes for chicken or shrimp, slightly longer for tofu). Remove from the pan and set aside.
    5. Sauté the Vegetables: Add a little more oil to the pan if needed. Sauté the onions and garlic for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the bell pepper and green beans, stir-frying for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened.
    6. Incorporate the Sauce: Pour in the prepared sauce and bring it to a simmer. Let it thicken slightly, stirring occasionally.
    7. Reintroduce the Protein: Add the cooked protein back to the pan and toss gently to coat with the sauce.
    8. Finishing Touches: Stir in the snow peas and cook for another minute. Remove from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro. Optionally, sprinkle with fried shallots or toasted peanuts for added texture.

    Serve immediately over steamed rice or noodles. Enjoy the symphony of flavors in Secret Recipe Tuaran!

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    This recipe yields approximately 4-6 servings. Here’s a breakdown of the estimated nutritional content per serving (based on using chicken and excluding optional garnishes):

    Calories: 400-500

  • Protein: 30-40 grams
  • Fat: 15-20 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 30-40 grams
  • Sodium: 800-1000mg (depending on the sodium content of soy sauce)

  • Note: These are estimates and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used and portion sizes.