Chinese menu in 60 minutes

Planning a midweek after-work dinner with friends? Follow our foolproof time plan and recipes for a special fast-track feast.

Chinese menu in 60 minutes

For a zippy aperitif
Make green tea cocktails. Bruise fresh mint leaves in 4 tumblers and half-fill with crushed ice. Mix 150ml vodka with 2 x 300ml cans of green tea (we like Pokka Japanese Green Tea, from Waitrose), pour over the ice and serve.

Time plan
0-30 minutes: Preheat the oven and make the spring rolls. Make the papaya and dragon fruit salad. Chill.
30-45 minutes: Cook the spring rolls. Cook the rice. Prepare the ingredients for the prawns.
45-60 minutes: Cook the sweet and sour sauce, adding the prawns just before serving. Stir-fry the greens and serve with the sweet and sour prawns, rice and spring rolls. Finish with the fruit salad.


Chinese menu in 60 minutes

Quick spring rolls

Quick spring rolls

These spring rolls are healthier than the take-away version, and simple to do.

Sweet and sour prawns

Sweet and sour prawns

For a Chinese-inspired menu that's ready in 60 minutes, serve this prawn dish with spring rolls, stir-fried greens, lemon rice and exotic fruit salad.

Steamed lemon rice

Steamed lemon rice

For a Chinese-inspired menu that's ready in 60 minutes, serve this rice with spring rolls, sweet and sour prawns, stir-fried greens and exotic fruit salad.

Stir-fried greens

Stir-fried greens

These greens couldn't be easier to make and are a fantastic side dish to any Asian-themed dinner.

Papaya and dragon fruit salad

Papaya and dragon fruit salad

For a Chinese-inspired menu that's ready in 60 minutes, serve this fruit salad with spring rolls, sweet and sour prawns, stir-fried greens and lemon rice.

 

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