I am not ashamed to say I love tinned corned beef as much as I love Spam or Chinese luncheon meat. I don't like plain corned beef straight from the tin for sandwiches. We always had it stir fried with onion. Every time I make this I can always eat a big bowlful of hot steamy rice. It's trashy but tasty comfort food, sometime it's what I need. Any leftover I normally make sandwiches.
This recipe is what my mum used to cook for the family since I was a kid. I reckon similar recipe is common to many S E Asian Chinese.
1 tin (about 350g) of tinned corned beef
2 medium onion, sliced
1 - 2 chilli, chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp kecap manis
1 heap tsp sugar
1 - 2 egg, beaten (optional)
2 - 3 tbsp cooking oil
handful of chopped coriander
- Stir fry onion with cooking oil till onion is soften.
- Add corned beef, mash it with the cooking spatula/spoon. Add kecap manis, soy and sugar to taste. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, keep stirring to avoid sticking till the corned beef is quite dry. Stir in the chilli.
- Add in the beaten egg, do not stir till the egg is beginning to set, stir to combine.
- Stir in coriander.
Beaten egg absorbs the moisture from the corned beef mixture making it drier.
You may have noticed from the picture I did not add egg because I ran out and I was too lazy to go to the shop. It was still as nice.
If you like this stir fried corned beef a bit more spicier, add a tablespoon of hot curry powder/curry paste when frying the onion is also very nice.