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Chicken Chilli Dry

My top favourite dish in Pakistani – Chinese cuisine….. something I eat at least once a week when I am in Pakistan and crave almost everyday when I am in Australia. So just to satisfy that craving in a land where no one knows how to make it, here I am who has mastered this unique recipe after several trials 🙂

Ayesha’s Kitchen



  • 1 large size chicken breast (cut into paper strips)
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • 4 tbspns oil
  • 3 tbspns corn flour
  • Salt & pepper
  • A generous pinch of red chilli flakes
  • A generous pinch of garlic powder (about ½ tspn heap full)
  • A generous pinch of ginger powder (about ½ tspn heap full)
  • A generous pinch of chicken salt
  • 4 tbspns dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbspns sesame oil + 4 tbspns cooking oil
  • 4 – 5 large green chillies (seeds removed & cut into julienne)
  • 1 tbspn ginger garlic paste
  • 4 tbspns oyster sauce
  • A splash of hot sauce/ chilli sauce


  1. Combine everything given for chicken in a mixing bowl and mix. Keep aside for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Heat some oil in a pan for shallow frying. Fry chicken pieces in batches for 3 – 5 minutes per batch until the chicken is golden. (medium heat)
  3. Once all the chicken is done, keep it aside until needed.
  4. Heat some oil & sesame oil in a wok and sauté ginger garlic paste. Increase the heat to high and add ginger julienne and fry further for 2 minutes and then add green chillies. Stir fry and add oyster sauce.
  5. Add fried chicken pieces, stir and coat the chicken in the sauce and dish out on to your platter with rice.
  6. Serve.

Beef Chilli Dry

Beef chilli dry is a Chinese – Pakistani dish available in Cafes, oriental restaurants and continental restaurants in Pakistan. It is my favorite because I love the flavor of green chillies, garlic & braised tender beef.

I have created this recipe after numerous failed recipes….. here it is 🙂

Ayesha’s Kitchen



  • ½ kilo chuck steak/ beef schnitzel (cut against the grain into thin slices)
  • 2 tbspns olive oil
  • 2 tbspns ginger & garlic paste
  • A generous pinch of salt
  • ½ tspn black pepper
  • A pinch of white pepper
  • 2 tbspns soy sauce
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • 3 tbspns corn flour


  • Some oil for frying
  • 2 tbspns sesame oil
  • 1 tbspn ginger garlic paste
  • 4 large green chillies (remove seeds and julienne cut)
  • Some green part of spring onions chopped
  • 2 tbspns oyster sauce
  • Some sesame seeds to garnish at the end


  1. Cut steak into thin slices and marinate in all the ingredients given for beef. Mix and keep aside for 40 – 50 minutes, refrigerated.
  2. Heat oil in a pan for shallow frying and fry beef slices in batches. 5 minutes on medium heat per batch. Do not over crowd the pan while frying.
  3. Keep the fried beef aside until needed.
  4. In a wok, heat some sesame seed oil and fry ginger garlic paste until fragrant. Add green chillies, spring onion sprigs and saute’ for a minute on high flame.
  5. Add oyster sauce, mix & add beef strips. Give a final stir for 1 minute on high flame and serve hot with boiled rice with garnish if sesame seeds.

19B Soup

19B is a Pak – Chinese soup available in all Chinese restaurants in Pakistan. Don’t know why it is called 19B but whatever it is it tastes amayyyyyy-zinghhhhh 😀

I have been trying for a long time to crack the recipe and finally after several trials here it is. It was like making a vaccine for Covid 19 😀 but I am Russia 😀 😀 😀 made it !

Jokes apart, it is actually the closest one to the restaurant recipe and it tastes immaculate. This soup is so nutritious that it can replace a whole meal.

Ayesha’s Kitchen


  • 1 cup prawn meat (tail & shell removed, cut into small chunks)
  • 5 dried black shitake mushrooms (easily available at Asian grocery shops) (soaked in 8 cups of hot water for 30 minutes)
  • 1 cup chicken breast (boneless, cut into very small cubes)
  • 2 tbspns cooking oil + 2 tbspns sesame oil
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup spring onion (green part only, chopped)
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup corn flour slurry (1/2 cup water mixed with 3 tbspns heap full cornflour)


  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn ajinomoto
  • 1 tspn black pepper
  • A generous pinch of ginger powder
  • ¼ cup dark thick soy sauce
  • 4 tbspns vinegar
  • A splash of fish sauce (to give that shrimp prawny smell & taste)


  1. In a deep cooking pot heat 2 tbspns oil and 2 tbspns sesame seed oil and fry chicken chunks until the chicken turns white. Add ginger powder and all the other spices and fry for 1 minute.
  2. Add shrimps and fry for further 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile chop the mushrooms and drain the mushroom water into the cooking pot. Add the mushrooms and bring it to boil.
  4. Add carrots and green onion along with all the sauces and give it a boil for further 5 minutes.
  5. Add corn flour slurry with constant stirring until you reach the desired consistency. Add more if you feel like.
  6. Mix in egg whites and let it boil for further 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with shrimp or fish crackers.

Chicken Hot n Sour Soup

I love soups, specially Asian inspired, not a big fan of vegetable puree soups. Chicken corn soup, Cream of chicken, Cream of Mushrooms, 19B, Thai soup, Wonton Soup, Tom Yum & Hot n Sour are my top favorite and luckily in Melbourne I find all of them and I know how to make them all at home as well which never makes me feel Soup Deprived 😀 . No matter its hot or cold, I can eat soup in any weather, in any season with same love. My love for soup is endless 😀 😀 😀 😀 Alrighty, enough of my love for soup. I will tell you about this soup, It is not Chinese authentically, but it is Chinese inspired Pakistani Soup, available at all Chinese food outlets and very famous in Pakistani Home cooking.

It ticks

1. Health
2. Taste
3. Nutrition

Very ideal for weight loss and keeps you full for longer.

so…..People on that side of the world! have a great winter 😀

Ayesha’s KItchen


  • 1 chicken breast
  • 12 cups water
  • 2 carrots (julienne or chopped)
  • 2 cups cabbage finely sliced
  • 10 champignons (tin mushrooms) (optional)
  • ½ cup spring onion (green part) (chopped)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn Chinese salt (Ajinomoto)
  • 1 tbspn black pepper
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup corn flour slurry (4 tbspns corn flour in ½ cup of water)
  • 2 beaten eggs


  • Boil chicken in 12 cups of water with salt, pepper and Chinese salt. Take out the chicken and keep the stock boiling on low flame.
  • Shred the chicken with your hands when it cools down and add it back to the stock. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the veggies and boil for 2 minutes and add the sauces.
  • Cook for 5 minutes and add the corn flour slurry with constant stirring to thicken the soup.
  • Now add beaten eggs with constant stirring otherwise it will make one giant egg in the soup.
  • Cook for 5 minutes. Adjust the salt, pepper and sourness of the soup by adding everything to your desire.
  • Serve hot.

Asian Inspired Chicken Vegetable Pasta

A very famous dish in Pakistani home cooking among young girls and probably a favorite of all age groups. Normally people add all the veggies and the sauce right after the chicken is cooked and then pasta at the end which make veggies soggy and discolored and obviously everything taste like sauce and lose their own taste, so I have told you my technique below where you know when to add what and you get a perfect full of life and taste pasta to see and eat.

Easy to make and yum to eat!

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  • 500 gms pasta boiled (any pasta)
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 chicken breast cut into thin strips
  • Salt
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • ½ cabbage sliced (3 cups approx.)
  • 2 carrots julienne (1 ½ cup approx.)
  • 1 capsicum sliced
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 tspn minced garlic
  • 1 tspn crushed ginger


  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup chilli sauce of your choice
  • 2 tbspns ketchup
  • 1 tspn ground black pepper
  • ¼ tspn white pepper
  • 1 tspn chicken salt/ chicken stock powder


  • In a cup combine all the ingredients given for sauce and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a wok and fry chicken strips with garlic and ginger. Add salt when the chicken turns white. Now add cabbage and carrots and stir fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add the boiled pasta and mix. Add the sauce we prepared earlier and stir for 2 minutes on medium heat. Add scallions and capsicum, top it with some freshly cracked black pepper and mix.
  • Cook further for another minute with constant mixing and stirring and serve hot.

Egg Fried Rice (Recipe 1)

As easy as A B C…..

This recipe is my best friend’s recipe, I found it easy to make so here I am sharing it with you….. Aiba! Cheers to your recipe honey, You are an amazing chef!!!! 😀

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen



  • 3 cups rice (soaked in water for 30 – 45 minutes)
  • 10 cups water (to boil the rice)
  • 2 large orange carrots (peeled and grated)
  • 6 – 8 scallions/ spring onion chopped (green part and light green beginning part)
  • 2 tbspns soy sauce
  • Some salt
  • 3 eggs + few drops of yellow food colour = thin omelette in 1 tbspn oil. Cut into fine pieces.


-Boil water and add soaked rice. Bring it to a boil and when they are just cooked strain them. Discard the water and keep the rice in the pot.

-Add some more salt, omelette cut into fine pieces, grated carrots and spring onion to the rice in the pot. Splash some soy sauce and cook covered on low heat for 5 minutes. Stir and serve with any curry you want.