I was hoping to post this Chinese chicken recipe I saw online. I’ve got a great picture even! Alas, the sauce was way too salty. I hate that.
But the good news is that I looked around for a stir fry vegetable to serve with the chicken and found this easy and good stir-fried asparagus recipe in Simple Chinese Cooking. I hadn’t tried this recipe before but it was delicious. Other recipes I’ve liked from the book include Mongolian Beef, Stir-Fried Bean Sprouts, Stir-Fried Zucchini, Carrots and Celery, Chilled Cucumber Salad, and a Bean Sprout Salad, which I also loved.
Stir-Fried Asparagus with Garlic
- 1/2 pound of asparagus
- 1 Tablespoon peanut oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon dry sherry or shao hsing wine
- 3 Tablespoons water or chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- Trim the wood ends off the asparagus. Peel the thick end if you’d like to make it more tender. Slice each spear in half on the diagonal.
- Heat the peanut oil in a wok or frying pan until it shimmers slightly. Add the garlic and stir-fry 10 seconds, then add the asparagus and stir-fry 1 minute. Add the wine and stir-fry 30 seconds. Add the water or stock and stir-fry another 30 seconds or until just tender.
- Add the sesame oil and serve.