Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Stir-Fried Broccoli and Mushroom

Yesterday was Day 1 of the Chinese New Year and many households traditionally refrain from meat. Chinese believe that eating vegetarian on the first day will cleanse their spirit and body, bringing longevity. It’s always great to serve up some fresh vegetable dishes that are in line with the spirit of the New Year. 

Here is an easy recipe from Season with Spice to follow:

Chinese Stir-Fried Broccoli and Mushroom Serve 5-6

What you’ll need:
1 large head of broccoli – cut into florets
8 shiitake mushrooms – sliced
Half a carrot - sliced thinly
1 garlic clove - minced
1 inch ginger - sliced thinly
Half a medium-sized red onion – chopped
2 tablespoons oil
Dash of sesame oil


1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch - dissolved in some water
Salt and white pepper to taste


1. Blanch broccoli in boiling water for one minute, then remove and drain.

2. Heat oil in a wok, and then sauté garlic, onion and ginger until aromatic. Add carrots, mushrooms and a little water (2-3 tbsp), and stir-fry for two minutes, or until the vegetables start to soften.

3. Add in the broccoli, seasoning, and a little more water, and stir-fry for another two minutes. Then add in the diluted cornstarch and mix well. Let the sauce boil for a minute until it thickens.

4. Taste and adjust seasoning. Dish out and serve hot.

- For a more festive presentation, add in toasted slivered almond or cashew, scallops, and/or large prawns.

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