Thursday, 26 December 2013

Recipes for Stir Fry That Are Chinese Inspired

Everyone loves a Chinese stir-fry and we all know that every once in awhile, we crave for Chinese take-outs.  Stir fries are easy, full of creativity and high-heat cooking with only very little oil, and can be duplicated in your kitchens.  Here are two very easy recipes for stir fry that are Chinese inspired for you to learn at home.  Have fun during these holidays. 


This is one way of enjoying Chinese food at home without takeouts.  This homemade lo Mein is easy to prepare and really tastes terrific.  Serves four and preparation time is only thirty minutes.

  • 12 ounces chicken breasts or thighs, please debone and remove skins
  • 2 tablespoons  soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 8 ounces  linguine
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced (3 cups)
  • 1 medium red or green sweet pepper, cut into 2-inch strips (1 cup)
  • 4 green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 ounces fresh pea pods, strings removed (1-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon bouillon granules, pls. choose the chicken flavor
  • Please cut the chicken into bite size pieces.  Using a small mixing bowl, mix together the soy sauce, the dry sherry and cornstarch.
  • Then add the chicken cuts. Mix with hands to coat the sauce. Cover and marinade in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook linguine separately according to package directions, omitting oil and salt. Drain well and reserve.
  • Begin frying by adding cooking oil and sesame oil to a wok or 12-inch skillet and heat over medium-high flame on your American stove.  You can add more oil if necessary during cooking. 
  • Then add mushrooms, red or green sweet peppers and green onions to the wok and stir fry for two minutes.  Then add the pea pods and stir fry for about one minute more until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • Please transfer vegetables to a plate and reserve.
  • Then drain the chicken of its marinade and reserve the liquid.
  • Stir fry the chicken cuts for two to three minutes until it is no longer pink.  Combine the water, bouillon granules and the reserved marinade then add to the wok.  Cook and stir until the sauce thickens and bubbly.
  • Then add the drained linguine and the cooked vegetables.  Stir to coat the ingredients together.  Cook and fry for about one minute more until verything is heated through.
  • Serve while with hot steaming rice if you wish. 

All you need is a pot of rice to bring this Szechwan Shrimp recipe to life. Add a few snow peas on each plate. This dish is really healthy too. Enjoy the meal. This can be ready in thirty minutes.

  • 1 pound shrimp, frozen or fresh, deveined and shells removed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice
  • If shrimps are frozen, thaw them first. Then peel the shells off and devein the shrimps.  Cut in half lengthwise. Then rinse and pat dry using paper towels and reserve.
  • Prepare the sauce.  On a small mixing bowl stir together the water, catsup, the soy sauce, the rice wine or dry sherry, the cornstarch and the honey and lastly the ground ginger and crushed red pepper.  Reserve for frying..
  • Begin frying by pouring peanut oil into a large skillet or wok on medium high heat on your American stove. 
  • Then add the green onions, the garlic and fresh grated ginger and stir fry for thirty seconds until fragrant.
  • Then add the shrimps.  Stir fry for two to three minutes until the shrimp turn opaque in color.  Then push to sides of skillet and stir in the sauce in the center.  Cook and stir until sauce thickens and bubbly for two minutes more.  Then combine the sauce and shrimps together.
  • Serve immediately these recipes for stir fry and great if you pair it with steamed rice.
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