Chinese cooking has been
popularized by its delicious recipes and also the quick and easy cooking method
- stir-fry. Stir-frying allows you cook a variety of tasty recipes within
minutes, and this is the reason why stir-frying is so popular.
So what exactly does stir-fry
involve? You can pretty much use any type of cooking pot or pan, but of course,
a Chinese wok is preferred. You'll also need some type of spatula - a stainless
steel one is preferred, unless you're using Teflon coated wok or pan. Then use a
wooden or plastic spatula.
You also need a decent amount
of oil (canola oil is best for stir-frying. With a good stove that can generate
lots of heat, you're set to go. Gas stoves are the best, since you have better
and quicker control over the fire than electric stoves.
How to Stir-fry
Before you even start stir-frying, you have to always keep one thing in
mind: speed is the most important when stir-frying. Why? Simply because
stir-frying is designed for quick cooking. This not only makes your food taste
great (and fresh) it also preserves the color and aroma of the cooking
Forget what you 'think' you
know about stir-frying, you always have to stir-fry on the highest heat
possible. You got to stir-fry at oil's smoking point!
So why should you stir-fry at
oil's smoking point? For the quickest stir-fry possible. Remember speed is of
the essence. Follow these few simple steps to the perfect stir-fry every time.
- Prepare your ingredients
ahead of time. That includes washing and chopping them up.
- Add a good amount of oil
into the wok - 3 to 5 tablespoons recommended.
- Turn the heat on highest,
and wait until the smoking point.
- Add in any spices you have
first such as garlic, ginger, or chilies.
- Add in your ingredients
according to density. Always stir-fry meat first. If you plan on mix frying
dense veggies such as broccoli or cauliflower, blanche or parboil these
- Add in your seasonings
such as salt, sugar, hot sauce, etc...
- Stir-fry only to the point
where the ingredients are just cooked, and NO longer.
- Dish up and serve while