They’ve been part of our takeaway orders for generations. We explore the history of Chinese/Australian takeaway classics, including the dim sim, lemon chicken and sweet & sour pork.
Had a good look through your pantry recently? How about your veggie crisper? Got some left-over chicken and rice you don’t know what to do with? There’s plenty of great meals you can make with random bits of food you’ve got around the house, you’ve just got fight through some food snobbery first.
While there’s a bit of a stigma around making food from leftovers and forgotten goods, there shouldn’t be. In fact, some of your favourite cuisines have famous meals made from leftovers.
We’ve listed some of our favourites so you have something to cook next time you’re cleaning out your pantry.
If we’ve missed one of your favourite legendary leftover meals let us know!
Budae Jjigae – Army Stew
A very famous hotpot from Korea that’s genesis is a little darker than you might think. It was borne out of the tragic period in Korea’s history after the Korean war, when there was a huge shortage of fresh food and people were struggling to feed themselves.
A black-market sprung up quickly based around selling stolen supplies from American army bases and the meal made from these ill-gotten but thoroughly needed foodstuffs was budae jjigae – hence the name.
This stew really is perfect for when you have random stuff lying around. The originally used spam and other processed meats like hot dogs, but ham, bacon, pork or anything else you have lying around will suffice. You’ll need some stock, a couple of cakes of instant noodles, and pretty much whatever veggies you have lying around. Finish with a couple of slices of cheese and you’ve got a delicious and rich stew fit to feed an army!