Monday, 9 September 2013

The Classic Stir Fry Sauce

Stir Fry Sauce
Stir Fry Sauce
Stir fry sauces are the essential part of any stir fry dish that blends flavor most of the time to the ingredients.  In preparing a stir fry sauce, special ingredients are used which could be Oriental in origin like the soy sauce, the fish sauce, the hoisin sauce, the oyster sauce and some chilli garlic sauces.  These ingredients, if blended perfectly, could come out with a complex taste of saltiness, spiciness, sweetness and bitterness.  A perfect balance of this tastes results in a very savory and delicious meal.

Here is a stir fry recipe sauce that is low cost, home-made cooking from scratch.  Kikkoman is a bottled pour and stir ready to use concoction of a soy sauce that is Oriental in origin, and for us, stands out from the rest of the soy sauce in the Asian stores.  Whenever we cook stir fries, we only use this brand.  But truthfully, if it is not available in your area, you can use any brand of soy sauce available in your Asian stores.  This recipe can be stored in your refrigerators and can last for four to five days.  This is very good with chicken or beef stir fries.

  • One third cup soy sauce (maybe more to taste)
  • One half cup chicken broth
  • One third cup rice wine
  • Three and one half tablespoons of sugar
  • One tablespoon of sesame oil
  • One fourth teaspoon white pepper
  • Two tablespoons cooking oil
  • One tablespoon minced garlic
  • One tablespoon minced ginger
  • Tw2o tablespoons cornstarch
  • One fourth cup water

  • In a small bowl, pour in the soy sauce, the chicken broth, the rice wine, the sesame oil and the pepper together and stir to mix and combine till smooth. 
  • Then on a cup of a coffee cup, dissolve the cornstarch with a few tablespoons of water and stir until no lumps are left on the mixture.  Simply make sure that clumps are gone and the liquid is milky in color.
  • Then in a sauce pan, heat the oil.   Add the fresh ginger and the minced garlic and cook for a few seconds till they are fragrant.  
  • Pour the soy sauce mixture to the pan and bring it to a boil.  Then reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes.  Stir occasionally to maintain consistency on the mixture.
  • Then you can add the cornstarch slurry to the mixture and bring the heat up a little bit.  Stir to mix the ingredients.
  • Once the sauce begins to thicken, remove the pan from the heat and your sauce is now ready for use. 
  • After cooking your stir fry, allow the sauce to cool off and you can store it in your refrigerators in a sealed small container with a lid on it.  Maybe an old salad dressing bottle can work well for storage. 
  • Remember this sauce for it can last for a week only.  Shake the bottle every time before you use it on stir fries, this allows the cornstarch to mix with the ingredients. 
  • Enjoy this simple stir fry recipe sauce at home.  Like what I’ve said, this is great with chicken and vegetables or beef with broccoli and other vegetables.  If you wish to add some heat on the sauce, simply add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the sauce and you are on your way.  Have fun in your kitchen.
 You can also visit here to learn on how to cook Stir Fry Sauce.

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