Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
- SERVES 2-4 (depending on the amount of vegetables used)
- An assortment of fresh vegetables (up to 6 cups), such as broccoli, mushrooms, eggplant, carrots, zucchini, etc..
- 1/3 cooking onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth/stock
- optional: 1 fresh red chili, de-seeded and sliced thinly
- STIR-FRY SAUCE:
- 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce (or vegetarian oyster sauce)
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 6-8 cloves garlic, OR 1 Tbsp. bottled pureed garlic
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (adjust according to how spicy you want it)
- OTHER: 1 Tbsp. canola or other healthy oil for stir-frying
- Place all stir-fry sauce ingredients together in a cup and stir well. (Note: this may seem like a lot of garlic, but you need every clove to create this rich-tasting sauce). Set aside.
- Place oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Tip: If using high heat, be sure to have all your ingredients ready and close at hand, as this dish fries up fast!
- Add the onion plus 2 Tbsp. of the broth and stir-fry 1-2 minutes until onion has softened. Tip: I use a little broth instead of adding more oil (and fat/calories).
- If your wok is dry, add a little more broth plus the firmest vegetables (this would include carrots, any type of mushroom except button or brown mushrooms, green beans, eggplant, asparagus, etc..). Stir-fry 2 minutes, or until these vegetables have softened (eggplant should turn translucent). Add 1-2 Tbsp. broth whenever wok becomes dry.
- Add the rest of the vegetables, plus the sauce. Stir-fry until the vegetables are bright green, but still retain much of their crispness (1-2 minutes).
- Remove wok from heat and do a taste-test. If your stir-fry needs more salt, add a little more fish sauce. If it tastes too salty, add a squeeze of lemon juice. If too sour, add a little more sugar. Add more cayenne pepper if you prefer it spicier.
- Serve with plenty of steamed rice. Also excellent with a little chili sauce (for those who like it spicy), such as Nam Prik Pao Chili Sauce Recipe. [/link">
To make this stir-fry into a complete meal, add 1/2 cup cashews, tofu, or cooked shrimp during the last minute of cooking time. ENJOY!