Mince with oyster sauce

Adam Liaw
Mince with oyster sauce. Just add greens and steamed rice.
Mince with oyster sauce. Just add greens and steamed rice. Photo: William Meppem

There's nothing special about the ingredients here, but that just illustrates how a slight change of technique can bring the best out of even the simplest things. There's nothing wrong with easy recipes. And there's no such thing as a recipe that's "too simple". Simple food that saves time and money while still producing tasty meals should be a goal for any home cook. There's no correlation between how difficult a a dish is to cook and how good it tastes.


2 tbsp canola oil

4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

500g pork or beef mince

3 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tsp sugar

¼ tsp salt


1. Place a medium saucepan over low-medium heat and add the oil and garlic. Cook the garlic, swirling the pan regularly, until it's golden brown. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the mince. Fry the mince until it starts to release its juices, then add the oyster sauce, sugar and salt. Continue to fry the mince for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated andthe mince starts to fry again.

2. If you want to add a chopped vegetable such as onion or capsicum, you can stir it through at this point. Otherwise, just serve with rice and a vegetable side dish.

Also try: Adam Liaw's Chinese cabbage with chilli, garlic and vinegar