Sunday, December 18, 2011

Chinese Brown Sauce Stir Fry

 Last night I was lazy to cook and the idea of ordering Chinese takeout popped into my head.  I even pulled out the takeout menu and decided what I wanted to eat...a dish called Imperial Delight. I really enjoy this dish because it has a delicious sauce simply called brown sauce.  The more I looked at those simple words "brown sauce" the wheels in my mind started to turn... hmmmm... what is brown sauce?  So I abandoned the idea of ordering take out and decided that I would make my own version of a brown sauce stir fry.  I decided to go with a simple pork stir fry, but you can substitute chicken, shrimp, beef or a mix of all the meats (even tofu).  The stir fry came together in a flash and I loved doing it at home because it was much healthier and we saved money too...and with Christmas around the corner, that's a good thing.   :)

2lbs of lean meat sliced
1lb of carrots cut large or baby carrots sliced in half
1 medium onion chopped coarsely
3-4 handfuls of broccoli florets
1 can of straw mushrooms (drained)
1 can of water chestnuts (drained)
1Tbs of cornstarch
1Tbs of ginger minced
1Tbs garlic minced
red chili flakes to taste
black pepper to taste

Note:  Lightly coat your sliced meat with 1Tbs of cornstarch before stir frying.

The Brown Sauce:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup oyster sauce
1 cup of chicken broth (or water/bullion equivalent)
1/4 cup of Chinese Rice Wine or Dry Sherry
1Tbs of honey or brown sugar
1Tbs of cornstarch
 Note:  This sauce is to taste.  So adjust to your palate as needed.

Heat 3Tbs of canola oil on high heat in a wok.  When hot, add your cornstarch coated meat and brown well.

Then add your ginger, garlic and chili flakes.  Stir fry for 2-3 minutes.

Next add your onions, carrots, mushrooms and water chestnuts. Stir fry for another 2 minutes.

Then add your broccoli and stir fry for another minute.

Note:  I like my broccoli tender crispy.  If you like your broccoli well done, cook longer in the sauce.

Add your prepared brown sauce. Stir fry all the ingredients together and bring to a boil so the sauce thickens.  When the vegetables are cooked to your desired texture turn off the stove and serve.

Serves 6.  Enjoy with rice.

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  1. Ramona, thank you so much for posting this, I love Chinese brown sauce! YUM!!!

  2. I'm totally drooling over here, just scrolling through your gorgeous photos

  3. Good for you for making it yourself rather than ordering takeout! I don't think you could have gotten a better dish than this! Love the brown sauce. Do you think fish sauce would work as well as the oyster sauce? (That's what I have in the fridge.)

  4. I am always so impressed with your dishes that look better than most restaurant versions. Yummy!

  5. Ramona this looks really good. When it comes to Chinese food, or stir fries I leave it to the professionals. For the life of me I just don't get good results, hehe. Good job and happy holidays ;)

  6. This looks really delicious. Great looking brown sauce too, I love it.

  7. Oooh I love Stir fries! Ramona I also wanted to tell you that you won my giveaway! Send me your mailing info!

  8. That looks absolutely wonderful. Well done! And, you saved money - bonus! :) Merry Christmas, Ramona. :)

  9. Delicious, Ramona! I LIKE brown sauce! Stir frys are so tasty, easy and healthy!

  10. Ramona, I enjoy stir fry meals and you've now inspired me to find my wok and give this recipe a try. Thank you for sharing it...brava!

  11. I love this recipe and your presentation is perfect.

  12. I love stir frys! And I love your photo with the stir fry and fortune cookies, appeals to all senses :)

  13. This looks so much better than take out!! I love stir fry!

  14. Looks great! Since our China trip this summer, I've been trying to create more "authentic" Chinese meals at home. So no fortune cookies, haha!
    Love the vegetables you picked!

  15. There's nothing like a super quick and easy stirfry. I love how you can let your creativity and tastebuds run wild with them. Thank you for not ordering takeout and sharing your brown sauce recipe.


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