The ultimate guide to eating this delectable condiment.
Mince is a must-have in most weekly shops, but there’s so much more to this affordable protein than spaghetti bolognese. To add Asian flair to your midweek meals, be inspired by these ten wallet-friendly ways to cook with mince.
San Choy Bow
One of our favourite ways to cook mince for the family is a batch of San Choy Bow. Kids love digging in with their hands—and we love sneaking in a couple of serves of vegetables (try adding extra diced carrot, mushrooms or capsicum).
Works well with: pork, chicken or turkey mince.
Give your classic rissole recipe an Asian accent by grated ginger and chopped spring onion to the mince mixture. Serve them Vietnamese-style with rice vermicelli, salad and nuoc cham dressing, or for an Asian take on spaghetti and meatballs, roll up some beef and water chestnut patties, then serve them with a bowl of egg noodles.
Works well with: beef, pork, veal or chicken mince.
Mince is a must when making Asian dumplings, as the fine texture makes for a juicy filling. For a hit of texture and flavour, add vegetables, such as shredded cabbage and spring onion, or sweet little nubs of prawn meat.
Works well with: pork or chicken mince.
Stir fries have become staples in Australian kitchens, thanks to their quick cooking time and flexible recipes. While we usually reach for rump steak or chicken fillets when whipping up a stir-fry, it’s worth giving mince a whirl—it cooks quickly and evenly, and is more affordable that prime cuts.
Works well with: beef, pork or chicken mince.
And for those nights when you want the comfort of spaghetti bolognese, why not try an Asian version instead? Za Jiang Mian is often dubbed ‘Chinese Bolognese’, thanks to its rich, savoury sauce of pork mince seasoned with dark soy and chilli bean paste, served over tender wheat noodles. Or, for a speedy Japanese “spaghetti”, stir fry some mince pork with soba noodles and sweet soy sauce.
Works well with: beef or pork mince