Why go to the trouble of boiling noodles, draining them in a colander, rinsing them under cold water, draining them again, and then stir-frying them? Sure, sometimes I love making things needlessly difficult for myself, but this is not one of those cases. Instead, I was after a crunchy noodle base, which would maintain its integrity even after toppings and a strong sauce are poured on top.
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Inspired by cha ca la vong, a flavorful Vietnamese stir-fry, these mushrooms take on warm notes from turmeric, acidity from vinegar and lime, and sweet freshness from scallions and heaps of dill.
Large chunks of shell-on lobster stir-fried with scallions, ginger, hot peppers, and yellow chives in a lightly seasoned sauce. It's a mess to eat, but a delicious one.
This quick and easy Thai-style chicken and long bean stir-fry flavored with fish sauce, chilis, and kaffir lime comes together in under fifteen minutes and uses a simmering/reducing technique that packs in the flavor without overwhelming your kitchen with smoke.
Don't ask for "Singapore Noodles" inside Singapore unless you want to be tagged as a tourist. Here's an authentic version of the dish.
Broccoli and brussels sprouts quickly stir-fried in a hot wok or skillet.
A seven-ingredient, three-minute stir-fry packed with Thai flavor. This is about as fast, easy, and flavorful as dinner gets.
A quick stir-fry of pork belly seasoned with chili bean paste and scallions.
Tofu skin cut into noodle-like strips and stir-fried with soy sauce and oyster sauce.
A classic Thai stir-fry of pork belly and chinese broccoli in oyster sauce, flavored with garlic and chilies
A rainbow of vibrant veggies, tossed simply with Asian egg noodles and soy sauce. A very virtuous and super simple dinner for two.
Stir-frying dried rice noodles is much the same as stir-frying rice, in terms of the amount of oil, the seasonings, and the ingredients you want to add. Eggs, vegetables, ground meat - anything which can be parsed into little bits, works well for stir-frying with the noodles.
This sounds obvious, but it needs to be said: these really are the kind of noodles I could eat everyday. The recipe, which comes from Saveur's The New Comfort Food, tastes like what every carton of greasy take-out noodles wishes it could be. It's not about just dumping a bunch of ingredients into a wok. Every ingredient is introduced at the right point; the flavors are clean and precise.
Like curing meats, the practice of salting duck eggs may have started as a method of preservation, but now salted duck eggs are a delicacy. Salting makes the egg whites dense and almost rubber-eraser-like in appearance, but it's the yolks that are especially prized. There's nothing quite like a good salted duck egg yolk. If properly salted, the duck egg yolks are creamy, granular, and oily all at once—an intriguing textural composition that tastes especially rich and salty.
[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] If you've had dim sum, there's a good chance you've had water spinach, stir fried with garlic till just wilted. It's a clean, simple dish that shows greens at their best, and one that takes quite well...
I completely botched a stir-fry recipe earlier this week, and I'm not proud of it. I thought I had the technique down, but this meal was bland and greasy with limp vegetables and tough meat. I had obviously tried to...
So where should I begin? I didn't have a wok. But this pork stir-fry recipe from Things Cook Love looked amazing, and I figured that I would be fine with a smoking-hot iron skillet. I trudged off to the market,...
Me and tofu don't have much of a history, but I'm happy that this recipe brought us a little closer. The extra-firm tofu sucks up the spicy sauce, and transforms into impressively flavorful little bites that are far from the...
The brilliant secret to this recipe, an unclassifiable number that's kind of a stir-fry but with none of the usual ingredients, is the way chickpeas will caramelize and turn nutty-brown if you heat them over high heat in a skillet....