My son celebrated the Chinese New Year at his preschool last week and they made paper red lanterns, practiced painting Chinese symbols, read books, and ended the day with a parade complete with two huge dragon costumes.
me: What did you learn about the Chinese New Year?
J: One of the dragons ate up all the lanterns!
J: Because they were hungry and they like lanterns.
Well, this stir fry may not be dragon chow, but my family certainly enjoyed it.
So heres the thing about Chinese food… making it at home has never been my thing simply because Chinese food is a cheap and fast take-out option. So when asked to do a promotion for Thai Kitchen & Simply Asia I thought it would be a fun learning opportunity.
Besides, this promotion came just in time to get into the spirit of the holiday. The 2013 Chinese New Year started on February 10th and lasts for 15 days. Oh, and its the year of the snake. But from what I read the Chinese don’t actually like the year of the snake (something about the snake being a fallen and disgraced dragon?). Even if thats true, we are going to celebrate with some homemade stir fry!
You need the snow peas. Love the snow peas. Got to have the snow peas.
Grab a carrot and slice thinly and diagonally. Why? Well, don’t they look right this way?
Then rinse a handfull of broccoli florets and slice a red pepper into strips.
Now your ready for the sauce.
Using Sweet Ginger Garlic seasoning blend by Simply Asia, mix with a little water, soy sauce, and cornstarch. Whallah.
You may have seen this brand in the international isle at the grocery store. I have used the seasoning 4 times in the 2 weeks it’s been in my house. The sauce is easy to whip up and is loaded with flavor.
The stir fry turned out to be incredible. I dare say it was better than take-out. Loved the vegetables and loved the seasoning. I have made it 3 times already. Once with frozen vegetables, the other two times with fresh. I can definitely say fresher is better. The veggies are just crisper and there is a noticeable difference. With the fresh vegetables, we could easily skip on the chicken and enjoy this as a vegetarian meal.
Happy Chinese New Year!
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons Simply Asia Sweet Ginger & Garlic Seasoning
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 teaspoons cornstartch
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 3 cups assorted cut up vegetables (broccoli florets, sliced carrots, red pepper strips, snow peas)
- 2 chicken breast, cut into thin strips
- Thai Kitchen Jasmine rice.
- Make rice according to package directions.
- Mix water, seasoning, soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir fry the vegetables for 3-4 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of oil, stir fry the chicken for 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
- Return the vegetables to the skillet.
- Add sauce. Heat for few more minutes until sauce thickens.
- Serve over rice.
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