Simply simmered Chinese broccoli has a hearty flavor that pairs well with oyster sauce in this classic Cantonese preparation. Our version adds some fried garlic to the mix, using the flavorful garlic oil to amp up flavor.
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I knew right away that this was something I'd make again and again. The essence of the recipe: 6 simple ingredients, done in less than 20 minutes.
A classic Thai stir-fry of pork belly and chinese broccoli in oyster sauce, flavored with garlic and chilies
Oyster sauce brings out the sweetness of fresh liver in this Chinese take on classic liver and onions.
Of all the cooking methods I use, steaming is probably close to the bottom of the list. Part of that is my fault; I don't usually get excited when I see "steaming" mentioned in recipes, correlating it unfairly with bland and boring. But bland and boring is about the last thing you'd say about this recipe from Andrea Nguyen's Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. The salmon fillets come out of the steamer juicy and coated in a flavorful sauce.
You need a supply of fresh steamed rice noodles for this recipe. Check your local Chinatown or a good Asian grocery. Steamed rice noodles need to be used the day they are made. Do not refrigerate them or they will become brittle/stale very rapidly.
I have what could be called an infatuation with fried rice, but have never stopped and thought through every step until I came across this recipe from Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking. It's one of the most meticulous accounts of fried-rice-making I've ever seen. It features a marinade and a sauce, and a fairly complex set of instructions, which has you turning the heat up and down often. Luckily the results were worth all of the fussy instructions.
Inspiration came from the blog Sugar Lens and a pan-fried noodle dish with chicken, shrimp, bok choy, and mushrooms. I didn't have either the chicken or the shrimp, so I doubled the bok choy and mushrooms, and made this a vegetarian main instead. Thanks to the meaty mushrooms, it didn't taste like it was missing anything at all.
For lack of a snappier marketing term, these bean curd noodles—also referred to as tofu strands or shredded tofu on the packaging—have been taking the place of wheat noodles in my kitchen when I'm in the mood for a flour-free staple.
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