Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:57:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry http://steamykitchen.com/32974-garlic-ginger-shrimp-stirfry-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/32974-garlic-ginger-shrimp-stirfry-recipe-video.html#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:23:54 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=32974 The love language between my Mom and me is all about food! We share recipes with each other over the phone and email. We swap cookbooks when we see each other a couple times a year. She packs up Chinese cookbooks for me (all of them written in both Chinese and English) and I save the gazillion cookbooks that publishers send to ...

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Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

The love language between my Mom and me is all about food! We share recipes with each other over the phone and email. We swap cookbooks when we see each other a couple times a year.

She packs up Chinese cookbooks for me (all of them written in both Chinese and English) and I save the gazillion cookbooks that publishers send to me for review. She loves it!

Well, this is one of her recipes, though I’ve changed it up just a bit.

Yummy Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

Start to finish – 15 minutes. It’s the easiest stir fry recipe and so tasty with soy sauce and oyster sauce together. The aromatics include the “Chinese Trinity” – garlic, green onion and ginger.

There’s a technique that I use in all of my stir fries – the protein (shrimp, in this case) is seared on both sides first and then removed from the pan. The shrimp isn’t cooked all the way through yet, but it’s got a really nice crunchy sear. You’ll finish cooking the shrimp at the end of the stir fry.

This method does a couple of things:

1) Protein sears at high heat. Searing provides flavor. (boiled shrimp vs. grilled shrimp)

2) The aromatics – ginger, garlic, green onion burn easily – they need to be cooked at medium heat.

So, cooking the protein vs. the aromatics separately allows each and every ingredient to cook perfectly at their own temperatures. The shrimp is added back into the pan at the end to finish cooking. Everyone is happy!

Delicious Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

 

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoons soy sauce
handful fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails left intact optional)
1 tablespoon cooking oil, divided
5 stalks green onion, chopped (white and light green parts)
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely minced or grated

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine oyster sauce, soy sauce and cilantro and set aside.

Pat the shrimp very dry with paper towels. In a medium bowl, add shrimp and cornstarch and toss to coat.
In a wok or large saute pan over high heat, add half the cooking oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. When the wok is very hot, add the shrimp in a single layer and cook partially until one side is seared brown, about 1 minute. Flip and sear the other side of each shrimp, about one more minute. They don't need to be cooked all the way through yet. Remove them to a plate or bowl and set aside.

Turn the heat down to medium and let wok cool off a bit to prevent the aromatics from burning. Add the remaining cooking oil and add green onion, garlic and ginger and stir fry for a minute until fragrant.

Pour in the sauce mixture and add the shrimp back into the pan. Stir fry for another minute until shrimp is cooked through. Serve immediately.

 

 

 

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Chinese Fried Wontons http://steamykitchen.com/26014-chinese-fried-wontons-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/26014-chinese-fried-wontons-recipe-video.html#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:53:38 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=26014 Chinese dumplings are probably one of the most convenient and versatile foods to keep around. 1- They go from frozen to appetizer or dinner in just a few minutes. 2- You can pan fry/steam (like potstickers/gyoza), deep fry, boil or steam. 3- They’ll store in the freezer for months. Dumplings are my emergency food (unexpected hungry visitors!), midnight snack (shhhh….don’t ...

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Chinese Fried Wontons Recipe

Chinese dumplings are probably one of the most convenient and versatile foods to keep around.

1- They go from frozen to appetizer or dinner in just a few minutes.

2- You can pan fry/steam (like potstickers/gyoza), deep fry, boil or steam.

3- They’ll store in the freezer for months. Dumplings are my emergency food (unexpected hungry visitors!), midnight snack (shhhh….don’t tell anyone) and my emergency dinner (crap! what can I make for dinner that takes 15 minutes?)

4- You can use any type of ingredient your little tummy desires. Shrimp, beef, lamb, tofu, mushroom, kale, spinach, carrots, etc. etc.

Chinese Fried Wontons Recipe

And if you make it a “dumpling party” where you invite your friends and family to fold up a crazy batch, it’s also entertainment :-) Not only can you eat them the same day, but everyone gets to take home a batch to store in the freezer.

Chinese Fried Wontons Recipe

I don’t deep fry the dumplings much, but if I’m frying up a batch of My Mother’s Famous Chinese Egg Rolls (and here’s a vegetable version), then we most definitely make double duty use of the oil to make Chinese Fried Wontons.

Chinese Fried Wontons Recipe

In this batch below, I used kale from the garden and ground turkey. But have fun, throw in whatever chopped vegetable that you like, whatever meat (or not) that you have on hand. Make up a big batch and save some for the freezer!

Chinese Fried Wontons Recipe Video

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Chinese Wonton Tips

  1. Vegetable: I used kale in my video, and kale is NOT a water-dense vegetable. If you are using a water dense vegetable, like Napa cabbage, spinach and even regular cabbage, you will want to get rid of as much water from the vegetable as possible to avoid soggy wonton. Shred or finely chop the vegetable and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt and toss. Let sit for 10 minutes. The salt will draw out a lot of the moisture from the vegetable. Take a handful of the shredded vegetable and squeeze hard to discard the water.If you are using frozen spinach, defrost, then squeeze out and discard as much water as possible. No need to salt.
  2. If you want to boil the wonton instead of frying, bring a pot of water to boil. Add in a batch of wonton. When the water returns to a boil, pour in 1 cup of cool water. Bring to a boil again. Add one more cup of cool water. Bring to a boil. Repeat one more time. Now your wonton is ready. Same procedure if you are adding the wonton frozen into the water. Drain and serve with dipping sauce. Substitute broth for water if you want to serve wonton with the broth. Throw in some noodles and vegetables to make wonton noodle soup!
  3. Dipping sauces – I love ready-made chile sauces like Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce, Lingham Chili Sauce, Chinese chili-garlic sauce or rooster sriracha sauce. You can also make your own.

Chinese Fried Wontons Recipe

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Servings: 50 wontons Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Ingredients:

1 pound ground meat (chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, pork)
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 stalk green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 cups finely chopped kale (leaf only) or vegetables of your choice
1/2 cup water
1 egg
50 wonton wrappers, defrosted
cooking oil for frying

Directions:

In a large bowl, add the meat, ginger, garlic, green onions, soy sauce, oyster sauce, curry powder and kale and mix well to combine. To make the egg wash, in a small bowl, add the water and egg and whisk with a fork.

To assemble the wontons, place a wonton wrapper flat in the palm of your hand. If frying, add 1 teaspoon of mixture to the center of the wrapper. If boiling, add 1 tablespoon of the mixture. Dip a finger in the egg wash, and paint all 4 edges with the wash. Fold the wonton in half, corner to opposite corner to make a triangle. Seal tightly all around. Make sure there are no air pockets or holes in the wonton. Fold the longer two triangle points together and seal to make the wonton shape.

Place folded wonton on a clean, dry plate or baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap to avoid drying out. When wontons are all folded, you can store or freeze.

To fry wontons, add 1 to 1 1/2 inches of cooking oil to a wok or pot. Heat the oil until it reaches 375F. Add a few wontons to the oil to fry, turning occasionally until they are golden brown. Remove them to a draining rack placed over a baking sheet so they can drain excess oil.

To boil wontons, see the recipe direction #6 from the Pork and Spinach Wontons recipe.

TO STORE:

- If you want to freeze the wonton, place all the UNCOOKED wonton flat on a plate. Do not crowd. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Once the wonton are frozen, you can gather them up and store in freezer bag. This ensures that the wonton freeze individually (otherwise if the wonton froze and stuck together, it would be nearly impossible to cook.

- When ready to cook frozen wonton, they can go from freezer to simmering broth. Follow exact same cooking instructions. Since the wonton is frozen, it will take longer time for the broth to return to a simmer -- so it's self timing!

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Chinese Fried Wontons Recipe

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Braised Tofu with Ground Pork http://steamykitchen.com/23559-chinese-braised-tofu-with-ground-pork-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/23559-chinese-braised-tofu-with-ground-pork-recipe.html#comments Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:32:01 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=23559 Learn how to cook traditional Chinese recipe for Braised Tofu with Ground Pork. Step-by-step video included!

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Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

I must be feeling a little homesick lately, I’ve been making Chinese homestyle dishes that my Mom would cook. Tofu has always been a regular staple at our house, Mom would serve it about once a week. Tofu USED to be inexpensive years ago – but that was before it was being marketed to the American market. Tofu companies never had to “market” to the Asian crowd – we have always loved it!

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

At some Chinese markets (and all of Asia), you can buy freshly made tofu – large blocks would be submerged in water, and you scooped out what you wanted.

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

Did you know that not all tofu tastes the same? There are big differences in taste and texture (I know some of you are saying, “what, not all tofu is BLAND!?”) My favorite brand  that is easily found in most regular grocery stores is Nasoya. Here’s Serious Eat’s Tofu Taste Test.

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

For this recipe, make sure you buy Firm or Extra Firm Tofu. Anything softer will fall apart in the dish.

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

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Servings: Serve 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

You can use either ground pork, beef, turkey or chicken. For a little more Chinese flavor, when you are seasoning the tofu with salt and pepper, sprinkle a little bit of Chinese Five Spice Powder on both sides (you'll use a total of about 1/4 teaspoon - a little goes a long ways!)

I'm a big fan of green onion as a topping to give the dish a little bite - however if your family isn't, you can leave it out. Another option is to add the green onion in the wok at the same time as the garlic and ginger. This way, the green onion gets stir fried and softens.

Serve this with rice.

Ingredients:

1 block firm or extra firm tofu
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 pound ground pork, beef, turkey or chicken
1 clove garlic, very finely minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup cool water
1 teaspoon cornstarch1/2 stalk green onion, chopped

Directions:

1. Drain the tofu and place on towels or paper towels. To get rid excess water in the tofu, place another towel on top of the tofu, then place something flat and heavy (like a cutting board or a cast iron frying pan) on top. You can weigh the cutting board down by putting a couple of cans of soup on top. Let sit for 10 minutes. Cut the tofu into several slices 3/4" thick. Season on both sides with salt, pepper.

2. Heat a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Very carefully and slowely slide in the tofu slices in one layer. Fry for 1 minutes, then flip to fry the other side for 1 minute until both sides are browned. Remove the seared tofu to a clean plate.

3. To the same wok, add in the ground meat. Saute until browned, about 2 minutes. Add in the garlic and the ginger and stir fry for 30 seconds.

4. Add in the chicken broth, oyster sauce and soy sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and the cornstarch. In the wok, stir in the water and cornstarch mixture and bring everything to a simmer. Add the cooked tofu back in the pot. Lower the heat to medium-low. Let simmer for 5 minutes, until thickened. Mix in green onion. Serve with rice.

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Taiwanese Noodles with Meat Sauce Recipe (Taiwanese Spaghetti!) http://steamykitchen.com/22974-taiwanese-noodles-meat-sauce-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/22974-taiwanese-noodles-meat-sauce-recipe.html#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:30:58 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=22974 Short 2-minute video with step by step to make what my kids call "Taiwanese Spaghetti" - Taiwanese Noodles with Meat Sauce Recipe

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Taiwanese Noodle Recipe

Despite having an embarrassing amount of cookbooks on my shelves, my family’s favorite recipes are the ones I’ve riffed on from my Mom’s cooking. Earlier this summer, when we took a little vacation to visit parents, Mom made a Taiwanese noodle dish with a hearty meat sauce. To “sell” it to my kids, she called  it, “Taiwanese Spaghetti.” Though, in all honesty, meat + noodles need no selling to my kids, they’ll happily eat without reservation.

Taiwanese meat sauce is something nearly every Taiwanese mama cooks in weekly rotation, and it’s served over rice or noodles. It’s traditionally made with ground pork, Chinese black mushrooms and lots of shallots. The seasonings include warm Chinese five-spice powder, both dark and light soy sauce, black vinegar and a touch of brown sugar.

To make an easy version with everyday ingredients from the local supermarket, I’ve made a few substitutions.

How to cook Taiwanese Noodles with Meat Sauce (video)

Short 2 minute video on how to make this recipe.

Full written recipe is below!

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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For Gluten free version - substitute the regular soy sauce with gluten-free soy sauce and substitute the dark soy sauce with gluten free oyster sauce (Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand)

Ingredients:

1 pound noodles or rice of your choice
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce (or oyster sauce)
2 teaspoon light (regular) soy sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese black vinegar (or young balsamic vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 pound ground pork (or ground beef/chicken/turkey)
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
One 8-ounce can bamboo shoots, drained and diced
4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, diced
1 stalk green onion, chopped

Directions:

1. Cook the noodles or rice according to package instructions. Drain.

2. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, dark soy sauce, regular soy sauce, vinegar, five spice powder and brown sugar. Set aside.

3. Heat a wok over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Add in the onion and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the ground meat and cook for 2 minutes. Push aside the onion and ground beef to one side of the wok to create a small spot to fry the garlic. Add in the garlic and stir fry for a few seconds or until you begin smelling the garlic. Add in the bamboo shoots and mushrooms. Toss everything in the wok together.

4. Pour in the broth/soy sauce mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the green onions. Serve the ground beef mixture over the noodles or rice.

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Chinese Beef Broccoli Recipe (video) http://steamykitchen.com/22980-chinese-beef-broccoli-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/22980-chinese-beef-broccoli-recipe.html#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:52:27 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=22980 Watch video step by step how to make Chinese Beef Broccoli with Jaden.

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Chinese Beef Broccoli Recipe

I’ve posted this recipe before (and it’s in the first Steamy Kitchen Cookbook) but I’ve just made a video showing you how to cook Chinese Beef Broccoli. It’s a super short 1:38 minute video.

I’ll even tell you my super secret ingredient for Chinese Beef Broccoli in the video. Also, I’m using the Steamy Kitchen wok that we just launched. It’s a nonstick wok with a cast iron interior layer and enamel outer layer. I’m using an induction burner – the wok works on gas, electric and induction!

For those who think you can’t sear or brown meats in a nonstick pan – I’m here to prove you wrong! YES YOU CAN. I’ll show you how.

Chinese Beef Broccoli Recipe

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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The secret ingredient in this dish is Chinese black vinegar. If you don't have this, substitute with young, unaged balsamic vinegar. The aged, good quality balsamic vinegar is too sweet - so make sure you get the cheaper, young balsamic.

To keep this dish vegetarian, replace the beef with fresh, thick, meaty shitake mushrooms (cut in half) or even sliced portobello mushrooms.

TO CUT FLANK STEAK ACROSS THE GRAIN: in the middle of this post for Flank Steak with Goat Cheese Recipe, I have a couple of photos showing you exactly how to cut flank steak across the grain. This is an important step because flank and skirt steak both are very tough cuts -- however -- if you cut it correctly, the steak becomes incredibly tender. Make sure you don't skip this step!

Ingredients:

1/2 pound flank or sirloin steak
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
1 tablespoon high-heat cooking oil (canola, vegetable, rice)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
FOR THE STIR FRY SAUCE
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
2 teaspoons Chinese black vinegar (or young balsamic vinegar)

Directions:

1. Slice the flank steak ACROSS the grain. In a bowl, combine the beef with the soy sauce, cornstarch and black pepper. Marinate for 10 minutes at room temperature.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the Stir-Fry Sauce.
3. In a wok or large saute pan, add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cover to steam for 3 minutes. The broccoli should be bright green, crisp tender and you should be able to pierce the stem with a fork. Drain.
4. Discard the water in the wok and dry the pan well. Set the pan over high heat, swirl in the cooking oil. When the wok is hot, add the marinated beef, use your tongs to spread the beef out all over the surface of the wok in one layer. Let beef cook, undisturbed, for 2 minutes, until nicely browned. Flip the beef, again spread the beef out over the wok and brown the other side.
Push the beef aside and add in the garlic and ginger. Stir fry the garlic and ginger for 30 seconds. Then mix together with the beef.
5. Pour in the Stir-fry Sauce and stir to combine. Simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 15 seconds. Add the cooked broccoli back into the wok and toss to coat well.

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Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/22276-chinese-spring-rolls-with-chicken-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/22276-chinese-spring-rolls-with-chicken-recipe.html#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:20:00 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=22276 Light, airy and crispy Chinese spring rolls - recipe from my Mom.

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Chinese Spring Roll Recipe with Chicken

How authentic Chinese Spring Rolls* should be: smooth, light, crisp-crackly skin and small enough to enjoy in 4 bites. The filling is also light, full of tender-crisp vegetables and you should be able to taste and distinguish every single ingredient in the filling.

Unfortunately, the only time you can find really awesome Chinese spring rolls are when you make them at home, Chinatown restaurants or at my Mom’s house :-)

*Spring Rolls or Egg Rolls? Well, either one is fine. Some people call these crispy fried rolls “Spring Rolls” and others, like my Mom, refer to them as “Egg Rolls.” I use both terms. There is no official English term. What are summer rolls? I refer to the uncooked Vietnamese rolls wrapped in rice paper as Summer Rolls, but Diane and Todd call these Spring Rolls! So confusing, right?  

I’ve seen too many Chinese-American takeout joints feature massive spring rolls the size of a soda can, a thick, chewy, bubbly textured skin and wet, soggy filling. That’s not good eats.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe

My Mom’s Chinese Spring/Egg rolls are absolutely on the list of top 5 favorite foods of all time. It’s not something I make often, the deep frying and the time it takes makes it an indulgence. But when I do make spring rolls, I try to make a TON of them because they freeze perfectly and go direct from freezer to fryer.

We’ve made many variations of egg/spring rolls, from pork, shrimp, crawfish, seafood, beef, vegetarian and even with tofu (yum!) I’m sharing my Chinese spring rolls with chicken recipe version with you, which is my boys’ filling of choice.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe

I’ve got lots of technique tips and step by step photos to help you master the very best spring roll that my Mom would be proud of!

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe

How to make Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken

The vegetables I’ve chosen to use for this Chinese Spring Roll with Chicken recipe are cabbage and carrots.

TIP: Do not use a box grater to grate the vegetables, grating releases too much liquid/water. Use either a food processor with thin slicing attachment, a mandoline like I’ve used here (I LOVE this one by Oxo for $15) or shred by knife.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Shred Cabbage

You can julienne cut carrots by hand or use mandoline like this to first get thin slices.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Julienne cut carrots

After slicing thin with a mandoline, use knife to thinly slice further into very thin matchsticks. Notice how many times I’ve purposely used the word, “thin.”

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Julienne cut carrots

Whisk together marinade ingredients for the ground chicken.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Whisk marinade ingredients

Mix with ground chicken.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Mix marinade with ground chicken

Saute the ground chicken with just a bit of oil. Then, remove chicken to a bowl and set aside.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Saute ground chicken

Next wipe the wok clean and stir fry the vegetables along with ginger, garlic and green onion.

TIP: Meat and vegetables are cooked separately. This ensures that the meat browns well – and prevents everything from being an overcooked, soggy clump. Meat will taste like meat, and the vegetables will have a crisp, clean flavor.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Stir fry veggies

Add the meat back into the wok.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Mix chicken with veggies

Add in oyster sauce.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Add oyster sauce to filling

Toss! Toss! Toss!

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Toss filling

Let cool on a baking sheet.

TIP: Let the filling cool. Hot filling = steam = makes wrapper wet = not good

TIP: Tilt the baking pan on one side. This lets any extra liquid/juice dribble down, away from the filling, Discard the liquid. Liquid = makes wrapper wet = not good. The drier the filling, the better. You can also blot the filling with a wad of paper towels to get rid of any excess oil.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Let the filling cool

Spring Roll Recipe WrappersHere’s my favorite brand of wrapper. It comes frozen, so you’ll have to defrost.

TIP: The best 2 ways to defrost spring roll wrappers: 1-overnight in the refrigerator 2-on the counter for 30 minutes. Once the wrapper are defrosted, open the package and immediately cover with a barely damp towel or paper towel to keep moist. The wrappers will dry out and crack quickly if left uncovered.

TIP: If the wrappers dry out and are stiff, you can put a few wrappers on a plate, cover with a damp towel and microwave on medium for 10 seconds. The wrappers will soften up.

TIP: Good spring roll wrappers are found in Asian markets. These are thin, fry up to a shatteringly thin crispy spring roll. Do not buy spring roll wrappers that you find in regular supermarkets near the produce section (usually refrigerated, next to the tofu). Those “pasta sheets” are way too thick and fry up to a chewy, thick, bubbly, hot mess.

TIP: Keep the spring roll (or egg roll) sheets under barely damp cloth or paper towel. They dry out very easily. If they dry out, they break apart.

See how thin this is? Almost paper thin.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Super thin wrappers

TIP: For the truly fanatical, there are 2 sides to the spring roll wrapper – but you have to look very very carefully. One side is smoother than the other. The smoother side should be outward facing. It’s really not absolutely necessary to even pay attention to this tip unless you a) want to have the very best looking spring roll and b) have good eyesight because the difference is really minor. The smoother side fries up just a tiny bit nicer looking. It’s purely aesthetics. Something my Mom taught me, so I’m teaching you.

Place wrapper like diamond, as shown, on a clean, dry surface. Place 1 tablespoon of filling near corner. No more than that!

TIP: Less filling, the better. Overstuffed spring rolls break apart in the oil. 1 tablespoon is all you need!

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Less filling, the better

Fold over the corner. Roll tight.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Roll wrapper tightly

Fold over left side.

TIP: Leave no space or air pockets. Air pockets = oil seepage = oily egg roll.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Fold wrapper tightly

Fold over the other side. No air pockets!

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Fold wrapper tightly

Here are examples of the WRONG WAY TO WRAP.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Wrong way of wrapping

WRONG: See the right side of the wrapper, how it’s skewing out? See next picture to see how it rolls.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Wrong popped out corner

WRONG: That right side that skewed out rolls up like this – giant air pocket will let oil seep in, filling fall out.

The right way: Imagine if you were Martha Stewart folding up her bedsheets. Or a clerk at the Gap folding t-shirts. Or the abs of male Olympic swimmer. Nice, tight and even.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Ready to seal

Paint a little cornstarch slurry along the edge – just as if you were lickin’ an envelope. But don’t lick it. Finger paint.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Cornstarch Seals It

Close it up. See how nice and neat the egg roll is wrapped? No holes, no air pockets. Very Martha Stewart.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Neat and tidy

Place them seam side down (helps secure the corner so that the corner doesn’t pop out)

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Place rolls seam side down

Keep them all covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out. They dry out easily.

TIP: Single layer only. If you put them on top of each other (without layer of plastic wrap between them, they will stick together. You can put another layer of spring rolls on TOP of the plastic wrap (but don’t’ forget to cover them too).

TIP: If you want to freeze spring rolls – freeze them just like this. If you don’t have a freezer this big, then line up the spring rolls on a plate, with plastic wrap between each layer. Freeze. Once frozen, gather up all the spring rolls and put them in a freezer safe plastic bag. They have to freeze in a single layer, not touching. Otherwise, they’ll all stick together. Once they are frozen, you can store them however you want.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Can be frozen

When you’re ready to fry, heat up 1 1/2″ of cooking oil (canola, vegetable, rice bran, corn, peanut) to 350F.

TIP: For deep frying, the wider the pot, the more oil you’ll need. But too small of a pot, you’ll only be able to fry a couple of egg rolls at a time. Woks are perfect – the round shape, concave shape means less oil is needed to fill wok.

TIP: Ancient Chinese secret: Stick a wooden chopstick straight down in the oil just like this. If the oil bubbles around the wood, it’s hot enough. If no little bubbles around the chopstick = not hot enough. Mom taught me that. But make sure it’s wood or bamboo chopsticks – plastic ones melt. If you don’t have a wood chopstick, use end of a wooden spatula.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Heat 1 1/2 cup cooking oil

Carefully SLIDE the spring rolls in. Inspect each spring roll for corners that have popped open. Fix with more cornstarch slurry if needed.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Carefully slide rolls in wok

Fry a few at a time.

TIP: Wide deep woks or skillets are good. Because of the shape of the wok, you’ll end up using less oil. Buy a wok. (wink!)

TIP: Don’t over-crowd the sprng rolls in the pan. They won’t cook evenly.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Leave room in wok

Keep turning ’em to brown evenly. Once they are golden brown, they are done.

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Place them on a rack to drain.

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe - Drain rolls on rack

Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe

More Recipes to explore

Red Lantern Crisp Parcels (Cha Gio or Spring Rolls) (Steamy Kitchen)

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce (Steamy Kitchen)

My Mother’s Famous Chinese Egg Rolls (Steamy Kitchen)

Vegetable Spring Rolls (Egg Rolls) (Steamy Kitchen)

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Chinese Spring Rolls with Chicken Recipe

Servings: Makes 50 egg rolls Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice wine (or white wine)
freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 pound ground chicken
2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 stalk green onion, chopped
1/2 head of small cabbage (about 8 ounces), shredded
2 carrots, thin julienne cut
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water
50 spring roll wrappers, defrosted
oil, for deep frying (about 1/2 liter to 1 liter)

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, wine, pepper and cornstarch. Add in the chicken and mix well. Let marinate for 10 minutes (or up to overnight in the refrigerator).

2. Heat a wok or large saute pan over high heat. When hot, swirl in just 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Stir fry the ground chicken until browned. Remove browned ground chicken from wok to a bowl and set aside.

3. Wipe the wok clean and turn heat to medium. When just starting to get hot, swirl in the remaining cooking oil. Add in the green onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds. Take care not to burn these aromatics. Add in the carrots and cabbage. Stir well and turn the heat to medium-high. Stir fry the vegetables for 2 minutes, or until the carrots have softened. Add the cooked chicken back into the wok, stir well. Add in the oyster sauce and toss again. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet to let cool. Prop up the baking sheet on one end so that any liquid collects on the other side. When the mixture is cool, discard the liquid.

4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. This is your slurry. Open the egg roll wrapper package, cover with barely damp towel to prevent drying out.

5. Add 1 tablespoon of filling to egg roll (see photos for instructions) and roll up. Secure with cornstarch slurry. Keep rolled egg rolls covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying.

6. When ready to fry, heat 1 1/2" of oil in a wok or deep, heavy skillet to 350F (see tip in photos if you don't have thermometer). Carefully slide in the egg rolls, a few at a time, to the oil to fry. Turn the egg rolls occassionally to brown evenly and fry for about 3 minutes. Let cool on rack. Repeat with remaining.

 

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Green Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry http://steamykitchen.com/20842-stir-fry-recipe-green-bean-shiitake-mushroom.html http://steamykitchen.com/20842-stir-fry-recipe-green-bean-shiitake-mushroom.html#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:42:06 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=20842 This recipe was originally slated for my cookbook, but I seem to have too many recipes already slated for the Vegetable chapter, so I’m puttin’ it here and sharing with you on the blog. Learning a good stir fry technique for home cooking is important – it will save you from throwing out the odds and ends of vegetables in ...

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This recipe was originally slated for my cookbook, but I seem to have too many recipes already slated for the Vegetable chapter, so I’m puttin’ it here and sharing with you on the blog.

Learning a good stir fry technique for home cooking is important – it will save you from throwing out the odds and ends of vegetables in the refrigerator, and give you countless recipe ideas to whip up at the last minute.

A stir fry usually only takes 10 minutes to cook and can be as flexible as you want. Here’s my technique for home cooks.

 

How to Stir Fry Green Bean and Shiitake Mushrooms

You can use either a saute pan (a fry pan with high straight sides + lid) or a wok. The first step is to cook the green beans because they will have a difficult time cooking in the stir fry without overcooking the rest of the ingredients. Other vegetables that require pre-cooking include: broccoli, cauliflower and any thick, hard vegetable.

I like to steam them instead of boiling/blanching them because it takes less time to bring a small amount of water to boil for steaming.

Fill the wok with about 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add in the green beans and cover.

Once the green beans are cooked to crisp-tender (just taste one, if it doesn’t taste raw anymore, it should be fine), remove the beans and drain. Wipe the wok clean with a towel and return to the stove.

You need to make sure that the wok has no water – not even a drop – as you’ll be adding in cooking oil. Hot wok + water + oil = splatter and burns.

When the wok is hot again, swirl in the cooking oil and add in the mushrooms and onions. Stir fry for a couple of minutes. Then add in the garlic, ginger and green beans.

Why do we not add in the ginger and garlic in an earlier step with onions? Because they’ll burn. Burnt ginger and garlic is bitter. So we add it AFTER the mushrooms and the onions have cooked.

The next step is to add in the oyster sauce and water and stir fry until the sauce is just beginning to bubble. That’s it!

 

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Stir Fry Recipe: Green Bean and Shiitake Mushrooms

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 8 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Ingredients:

1/2 pound green beans, trimmed
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, finelly minced
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce + 2 tablespoons water

Directions:

1. Fill the wok or saute pan with about 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then add the green beans. Cover and let steam for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain the beans, wipe the wok dry and return wok to the stove.

2. Heat the wok over high heat and swirl in the cooking oil. When very hot, add in the onions and mushrooms and stir fry for 3 minutes. Turn the heat to medium, add in the cooked green beans, ginger and the garlic and quickly stir fry for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant. Take care not to burn the ginger or garlic.

3. Stir in the oyster sauce and the 2 tablespoons of water. Cook for 1 minute.

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One of my very first blogging friends is Bee from Rasa Malaysia. In the early days of the blog, we used to chat on the phone after my kids went to bed about the technical side of blogging — silly acronyms like SEO, PHP, CSS and HTML. Back then (I say “back then” like it was decades ago, but in reality it was just 4 1/2 years ago!) there weren’t a ton of plug-ins and support forums weren’t available for food bloggers. Wow, have we come a long way! 

She asked me to write the Foreword for her brand new book, Easy Chinese Recipes, it’s a beautiful book with simple recipes that you’d find at your favorite Chinese restaurant, like Shrimp Fried Rice, Kung Pao Chicken and Homestyle Chow Mein Noodles. I hope you enjoy this recipe for Black Pepper Steak from her book. ~Jaden

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Hi all, I am Bee of Rasa Malaysia, a food blog about easy Asian recipes. I am extremely thrilled to be on Steamy Kitchen today, sharing a recipe from my cookbook “Easy Chinese Recipes.” Jaden and I met some four years ago through our blogs; we also share the same publisher, Tuttle Publishing. I wanted to take this special opportunity to thank Jaden for writing the Foreword of the book and hervaluable advice when I was working on the project. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have done it if she didn’t tell me to “do it” when I got the offer!

Easy Chinese Recipes is a compilation of 80+ popular Chinese recipes: all-time favorites, Chinese takeout dishes, dim sum, dumplings, and more. Some recipes reflect my many travels in China and Hong Kong. Others are my interpretation of classic Chinese recipes, perfected through years of preparing them at home.

Black Pepper Beef is one of my favorite recipes in the cookbook as I love the combination of bell pepper and black pepper in Chinese stir-fries. These two ingredients, coupled with the right cut of beef—I like beef tenderloin, flank steak or flap meat—will often guarantee a successful dish. If you love the sweetness and slightly charred taste of caramelized onions, stir-fry the onions and bell peppers slightly longer before adding  the beef to the stir-fry. You will be rewarded with a richer flavored Black Pepper Beef. Enjoy! ~ Bee

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Black Pepper Steak Recipe

Servings: Serves 2 as a main dish with rice or 4 as part of a multicourse meal Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time:
Black Pepper Steak Recipe

If you are using Flank Steak - make sure you cut ACROSS the grain, otherwise the steak will be chewy and tough.

Ingredients:

8 oz (250 g) beef tenderloin, flank steak or flap meat, thinly sliced
2 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 small green bell pepper, deseeded and cut into pieces
1/2 small red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into pieces
1/2 onion, sliced
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt, to tasteFor the Marinade
1 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine or sherry
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Directions:

1. Marinate the beef with all the Marinade ingredients, about 15
minutes.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat.
Stir-fry the beef until the beef is browned on the outside but still pink
inside. Dish out and set aside.
3. Heat the remaining oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Stir-fry
the garlic and the ginger until aromatic, and then add the green bell
pepper, red bell pepper, onion, and black pepper. Stir-fry until you smell
the aroma from the ingredients in the wok.
4. Transfer the beef back into the wok or skillet. Stir-fry until the
beef is cooked through and the center of the meat is no longer pink, about
1-2 minutes. Dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.

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Chinese Broccoli Beef Recipe (from my cookbook!) on my other website, New Asian Cuisine.

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Chinese Broccoli Beef Noodle Stir Fry http://steamykitchen.com/4997-broccoli-beef-noodle-stir-fry.html http://steamykitchen.com/4997-broccoli-beef-noodle-stir-fry.html#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2009 03:22:35 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=4997 Simple 15 minute recipe for Chinese Broccoli Beef Noodle Stir Fry with step by step photos.

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Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to choose and buy the freshest Chinese broccoli (gai-lan)
  • The perfect marinade recipe
  • Secrets to no-fail Chinese stir fries

 

Chinese Broccoli (Gai-Lan)

Chinese broccoli should be almost all stem and green leaves. Look for Chinese broccoli with minimal open flowers (lots of open white flowers means that the Chinese broccoli is past its prime and bitter.

You can also tell from the cut stems if the Chinese broccoli will be perfect or too old. See the bottoms of these cut stems? It’s milky-translucent and smooth. If the bottoms of the stem have a hard white circle in the middle (instead of smooth, milky and translucent) it will probably be past its prime and taste tough and bitter.

Photo below is Chinese Broccoli…see the beautiful stem-bottoms?

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For this Broccoli Beef Noodle Stir Fry recipe, you can use ANY type of noodles. Really, spaghetti noodles are fantastic in this dish. I happened to have Japanese style egg-noodles, so that’s what I used! Cook your noodles according to package directions.

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While the noodles are cooking, marinate the beef slices in soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, oyster sauce and rice wine. If you don’t have rice wine, use dry sherry or any dry white wine will do. The sugar and the oyster sauce will help the meat caramelize.

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You want beautiful, carmelized meat in your stir fry?

Here’s the secret. DO NOT CROWD THE MEAT! Single layer, ladies and gents!

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Once you add it to the wok or frying pan, LEAVE THE THING ALONE. Resist the temptation to shake, move it around or flip…until the first side has a chance to caramelize. Then flip.

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See the nicely caramelized bits?

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Once the meat finishes cooking, remove to a plate. Now it’s time for Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan).

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Stir fry for a minute, scooping up the oils at the bottom of the wok all over the Chinese Broccoli. Bathe the oil over the Chinese Broccoli.

Now turn heat down, add 1/4 cup of water or browth and cover to let steam.

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A couple of minutes later…test the Chinese Broccoli to see if done! A knife should pierce easily into the steam.

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Now its the cooked noodles turn to take a bath in the sauce.

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See it absorb all the juicy bits?

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Now return the beef and broccoli to the wok and serve!!

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Chinese Broccoli Beef Noodle Stir Fry Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
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Ingredients:

3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
3 tablespoons Shaoxing wine, sake or dry white wine
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon tapioca starch or cornstarch
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 pound beef sirloin, thinly sliced
1 pound fresh or 10 ounces dried noodles
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 large garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped
1.25 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 pound Chinese broccoli or regular common broccoli, cut into bite-size chunks or florets
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon each soy sauce, oyster sauce and rice wine. Add the sugar and continue to whisk until completely dissolved. Stir in the tapioca starch and continue stirring until smooth. Add the sesame oil and beef, and mix well. Marinate for 20 minutes. Drain and discard the excess marinade.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles until 1 minute shy of done and drain. (We'll finish cooking the noodles at the end)

Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a skillet or wok over high heat and stir-fry the garlic until fragrant, about 1o seconds. Add the beef and stir-fry until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and when hot, add the Chinese broccoli, stir frying so that the oil coats the Chinese broccoli. Pour in the 1/4 cup of the stock, turn the heat to medium-low and cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook the Chinese broccoli until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the Chinese broccoli to the same plate.

Add the remaining cup of stock and the remaining 2 tablespoons each of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and rice wine to the same skillet and bring to a boil over
high heat.

Add the noodles and cook until the liquid has almost completely evaporated, leaving the noodles lightly moistened,2 to 3 minutes. Return the beef and broccoli to the skillet and toss to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Season with pepper to taste and serve.

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