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how do i make a stir fry interesting?

(19 Posts)
hermykne Fri 10-Jun-05 16:08:39

got the vegtables + pak choi
so what do i add to make a really flavoursome mix not just a bland veg taste

have chicken in fridge too
or prawns in freezer

suzywong Fri 10-Jun-05 16:10:56

oyster sauce
that's the trick, oyster sauce and put a littel bit of sugar on your pak choi

lima Fri 10-Jun-05 16:12:20

....or chilli sauce

....or blabk bean

.....or sweet and sour

...or lots of soy

wordsmith Fri 10-Jun-05 16:12:21

Put in som plum sauce or hoi sin or Black Bean or something. Chicken stock is good too. I usually put in chicken or whatever but you can make some really nice veggie stir fries. It's the spices and sauces that make it tasty.

wordsmith Fri 10-Jun-05 16:12:54

Oh yes! Oyster sauce. How could I forget. And soy. Try them all!

Iklboo Fri 10-Jun-05 16:26:22

When I heat the oil in the wok I add some Chinese 5 spice powder, ground ginger & mild chilli powder and some garlic (or use garlic oil). Or one of the great add in sauces you can buy

jackeroo Fri 10-Jun-05 17:37:49

adding a little bit of sherry helps add flavour too...

JoolsToo Fri 10-Jun-05 17:41:50

prepare wearing an apron and nothing else

Blu Fri 10-Jun-05 17:44:29

If you haven't got any of these specaialist sauces in the cupboard, you can use some vinegar and honey with spices such as ginger.
Or peanut butter, honey, vinegar.
Or Chilli, garlic and lemon.
Once I used a couple of spoonfuls of marmalade, ginger and black pepper.

hana Fri 10-Jun-05 17:55:52

cashew nuts
yummy

Twiglett Fri 10-Jun-05 17:58:17

cook it naked?

jackeroo Fri 10-Jun-05 18:01:58

add some walnuts???

JoolsToo Fri 10-Jun-05 20:23:41

Oi Twiglett - was there before you [smug rsahm emoticon]

r for retired

Twiglett Fri 10-Jun-05 20:25:08

and your post was far more evocative whilst mine was direct and dull for which I apologise

JoolsToo Fri 10-Jun-05 20:26:37

mckenzie Fri 10-Jun-05 20:30:36

mange touts and sesame seeds

NotQuiteCockney Fri 10-Jun-05 20:35:19

Sesame oil and seeds are good. Or you can make your own satay sauce, with grated onion, coconut milk, peanut butter, crushed chillis and soy sauce.

pootlepod Fri 10-Jun-05 20:44:07

Also, another stir fry thing is to do the veg in 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, coriander, 2 cloves garlic, couple tomatoes and serve with greek yogurt in tortilla wraps. Not quite a chinese stir fry and suits Med veg better but just as quick.

hermykne Fri 10-Jun-05 21:11:49

well i grated ginger, paprika, garlic in the wok with oil, added some chicken, then the greens, and some stir fry noodles (dh thought veg and chicken bit skimpy as a dinner! greedy gob) and then some soy sauce, cornflower, lemon juice and sugar mixed , ontop - tasted quite nice

felt really good
til i just ate - about 1/2 inch of a tub of ben and jerrys

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