School of wok

Ching-He Huang shares with us some authentic and healthy Chinese recipes, particularly the quick, satisfying stir-fry.

School of wok

There’s more than one way to cook a stir-fry, says Ching-He Huang, who shows us five great recipes in the February issue of delicious. magazine, each using a different technique. Try making them for Chinese New Year on 14 February. Here are a couple of Ching's recipes to get you started.

Types of stir-fry

Dry stir-fry: This is the classic method, where you heat oil and add aromatics such as ginger and garlic, followed by the meat, vegetables and seasonings. You can then add noodles, if you like.

Exploding stir-fry or Bao: This is another technique in the wok that means to ‘explode’ the ingredients by adding them to an extremely hot wok with some oil, creating an explosion of flavours. This is usually done by adding dried spices to the hot oil, then any wet ingredients.

Vegetable stir-fry: This is when you add a splash of water to a dry stir-fry to create steam to help cook your vegetables.

Saucy stir-fry: At the end of a dry stir-fry, you add stock, or another liquid, and cornflour paste, to create a thick, luscious sauce.

Perfectionist stir-fry: Cook the meat in the wok first, then set aside while you cook the vegetables. You then add the meat back into the wok and add the seasonings.

Saucy spicy aubergine and tofu

Saucy spicy aubergine and tofu

This is a quick and saucy stir-fry using classic Asian flavours.

Sweet spiced chicken and cashew nuts

Sweet spiced chicken and cashew nuts

Celebrity chef Ching says: “This quick stir-fry uses the bao or ‘exploding’ technique. The Chinese like to cook with whole spices, but just make sure you pick them off with chopsticks before you eat."

Ingredients used in chinese cookery

Ingredients used in chinese cookery

TV chef Ching-He Huang recommends that you keep these ingredients in your cupboards so you're prepared to rustle up an authentic Chinese dish in no time.

Ching-He Huang's New Chinese menu

Ching-He Huang's New Chinese menu

These dishes are authentic Chinese, yet there’s not a noodle or stir-fry in sight!

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