Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ni Hao (Hello in Chinese)

I love Chinese food! Whether it is homemade or at a restaurant. As I have said before I love spicy foods and Chinese food is definitely one type of food that can be super spicy and still good. When my family and I wanted Chinese food but didn't feel up for going out to eat or ordering in, we made it ourselves. It was so fun creating something that most people only see in a restaurant because who cooks Chinese food on the regular? I have a couple favorite recipes but this one is definitely great. I like this one because nothing is fried, there are plenty of vegetables, and it can be super spicy if you want it to be! It is just a simple stir fry dish but boy is it amazing and simple to create. 

In the grocery store I like to get the bagged oriental mix of vegetables. You cook them according to the package, make some white or brown rice and then you pour this sauce over it all and it truly transforms the whole dish.

Chinese Brown Sauce

½ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp sesame seed oil
2 Tbsp (heaping) corn starch
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
Crushed red pepper flakes – To taste
¾ cup hot water

In a sauce pan, add the vegetable oil, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, vinegar and pepper flakes.  While sauce is heating, thoroughly mix the corn starch into the hot water.  When the sauce is almost boiling, while constantly stirring, slowly pour the corn starch mixture into the sauce until the desired consistency is reached.  The more corn starch, the thicker the sauce.

So easy and delicious, enjoy!

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