Chinese Stir-fried Snow Peas, Water Chestnuts and Bamboo Shoots
Stir-fried Snow Peas, Water Chestnuts and Bamboo Shoots
Stir-fried Snow Peas, Water Chestnuts and Bamboo Shoots
If you are looking for a meatless recipe for Chinese stir-fry, this is a good one to start with. The combination of snow peas, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and Chinese mushrooms provides plenty of flavor and texture.
The seasoning comes from a combination of soy sauce, oyster-flavored sauce and sesame seed oil in addition to the customary garlic, ginger and scallions.
This dish can be used as a side dish or it can serve as the basis for a meatless meal. If you have a problem with using oyster-flavored sauce, you can replace it with ground bean sauce or simply add more soy sauce.
Once you have tried this dish, feel free to substitute broccoli or asparagus for the snow peas or you can add baby corn to give it a different crunch. The possibilities are limitless.
½ Lb. of Fresh Snow Peas (pinch off the ends)
6 Chinese Dried Mushrooms (soak the mushrooms in hot water for 30 minutes, remove the hard stems and cut each one into 3-4 strips)
½ Cup of Canned Water Chestnuts (cut in half crosswise)
½ Cup of Bamboo shoots (cut into pieces about the same size as the mushrooms)
3 Scallions (cut into one inch lengths including the green parts and then split them in half lengthwise)
1Teaspoon Minced Garlic
1 Teaspoon Minced Ginger Root
3 Tablespoons of Oil
2 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
2 Tablespoons Thin Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon Dry White wine
½ Teaspoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Sesame Seed oil
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and stir-fry the garlic, ginger, scallions and mushrooms for 30 seconds.
- Add the snow peas, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until the peas turn bright green.
- Stir in the sauce mixture and when it begins to bubble add the sesame seed oil and stir-fry for 20 more seconds.
- Serve immediately with plenty of steamed rice.
If you feel really adventurous, try substituting cut-up slices of canned lotus root or Daikon raddish for the water chestnuts.
If you prefer hot dishes, add 2-3 small crushed chili peppers when you stir-fry the garlic, ginger and scallions.
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