Stir-Fried Chinese Vegetables

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/2 red onion, trimmed and cut into 4 wedges, layers separated
  • 2 heads baby bok choy, trimmed, cut lengthwise in quarters
  • 1/4 pound Chinese broccoli, stems and leaves separated, each cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 pound Chinese long beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 scallions, trimmed, 5 cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces, 1 thinly sliced and reserved separately
  • 1/4 head Napa cabbage, leaves cut crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips
  • 2/3 cup good-quality chicken stock or broth, vegetable broth, or water, heated
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
Directions
  • Heat a large wok over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil. When the oil is hot, add the ginger, garlic, and chili flakes and stir-fry just until they are aromatic, about 30 seconds. Scoop out the aromatics and set them aside.

  • Add the remaining oil to the wok. When it is hot, add the onion pieces and stir-fry until they turn glossy and bright, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Add the bok choy and the Chinese broccoli stem pieces. Stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes more.

  • Add the long beans and the 1-inch scallion pieces. Continue stir-frying until they are bright green and glossy, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  • Add the Napa cabbage and the Chinese broccoli leaves, along with about 1/3 cup of the hot stock and the reserved aromatics. Continue stir-frying until the vegetables are all tender-crisp, about 2 minutes more. Add the remaining stock, soy sauce, and cornstarch mixture and stir-fry until the vegetables all look lightly glazed with sauce, about 1 minute more.

  • Transfer the stir-fried vegetables to a heated serving dish. Garnish with the sliced scallions and sesame seeds and serve immediately.


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