Spicy Chinese Noodle Stir-fry with Beef


5 oz beef, cut into slices
1/2 lb gai lan
1-1/3 lb fresh rice noodles
1½ tbsp satay sauce


1 tbsp light soy sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp oil


1 tsp ginger sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt


2/3 cup water
dash ground white pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1½ tsp cornstarch


  1. Add marinade to beef. Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Blanch beef in hot oil or boiling water until nearly cooked. Remove and drain.
  3. Cut gai lan into sections. Stir-fry with oil until softened. Add seasoning ingredients and cook until tender. Remove and drain.
  4. Loosen rice noodles. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok. Stir-fry noodle briefly. Add 1/4 tsp light soy sauce and 3/4 tsp dark soy sauce. Toss until noodles are hot. Remove to the serving platter.
  5. Saute satay sauce with 2 tbsp oil over low heat in the wok. Add sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Add beef and gai lan. Toss and bring to a boil again. Pour mixture over the noodles. Serve hot.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

What’s for Lunch?

Home-cooked Lunch of A Japanese Dietitian

The Menu

  • Potage (thick soup) of Leaf Vegetables with Miso and Soy Milk
  • Smoothie of Carrot, Mandarin Orange and Non-alcohol Sweet Wine
  • Bread

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European Food Safety Authority Concludes 400 mg/day of Caffeine Is Safe

Single doses of caffeine up to 200mg and daily intakes of up to 400mg do not raise safety concerns for adults in Europe. These are two of the provisional findings of EFSA’s Scientific Opinion on the safety of caffeine from all sources. EFSA is now seeking comments and feedback on the draft document through a public consultation which is open until 15 March 2015.

EFSA is also planning to hold a stakeholder meeting in the first week of March 2015 to explain and discuss the draft opinion with interested parties. Details of the meeting will be announced shortly on EFSA’s website.

Other key provisional conclusions include:

  • Single doses of caffeine up to 200mg do not raise safety concerns for adults (18-65 years) also when consumed less than two hours before intense exercise.
  • It is unlikely that caffeine interacts adversely with other constituents of “energy drinks” – such as taurine and D-glucurono-γ-lactone – or alcohol.
  • For pregnant women, caffeine intakes of up to 200mg a day do not raise safety concerns for the foetus.
  • For children (3-10 years) and adolescents (10-18 years), daily intakes of 3mg per kg of body weight are considered safe.
  • Single doses of 100mg may increase sleep latency (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep) and shorten sleeping time in some adults.

Source: EFSA

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