Cooking Oil any neutral flavored oil, I've been obsessed with avocado oil lately and I know how that makes me sound...
Star Anise just one will do
Pork Strips substitute eggs for vegetarians
Cabbage thinly sliced
Sliced Chinese Pancakes you can get this at any local Chinese supermarkets. These either come pre-cut and ready to go or you can get frozen Chinese pancakes and cut them yourself.
Garlic 1 or 2 cloves thinly sliced
You've heard of fried rice and lo mein, but have you heard of stir-fried Chinese pancakes? I don't know the exact origin of this dish, but my mom used to make it every time we had leftover pancakes in the fridge. It's chewy but firm and has protein, veggies, and carbs all in one delicious bowl. Better yet, you can play with the ratios of these ingredients to make it fit your diet to meet your health goals!
Heat some cooking oil in a large frying pan or wok if you have it over medium-high heat. Add salt to oil. Fry 1 pod of star anise in the oil until fragrant.
In a bowl, mix together raw pork strips, 1-2 teaspoons of corn starch, a splash of cooking wine, and some soy sauce. (Veggies: in a bowl, beat 2 eggs until smooth)
Place pork strip mixture into the pan. Fry until strips are medium well. (Veggies: pour eggs into pan. Scramble. yes, we are making scrambled eggs)
Place thinly sliced cabbage into the pan. Fry until cabbage begins to soften.
Place sliced Chinese pancakes into the pan. Stir-fry until combined.
Add garlic slices, salt, and drizzle with desired amount of soy sauce. Cover with lid. Turn head town to medium-low. It usually takes about 3-5 minutes for the cabbage to completely cook through.
Remove lid and cook on high until desired dryness is achieved. Remove from heat and serve in bowls.
Spicy Sauce (anything you like that also comes in a jar)
I've grown up with this dish and credit it heavily with building my tolerance of spicy food. This Shanghainese dish is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Eat it with steamed white rice or white rice porridge for a kick in the morning!
Heat some neutral oil in a large pan on medium-high. Fry ginger in oil until fragrant.
Put in diced picked daikon and saute until fragrant.
Put in diced extra firm tofu and fry until most of the moisture has left the tofu.
Put in finely chopped red peppers and jalapeños, taking care to remove all the seeds from the center.
Scoop in desired amount of hot sauce. Follow with soy sauce. There's no salt in this recipe, so you can go a little crazy with the soy sauce.
Top it off with finely chopped garlic leeks until fragrant. Remove from heat and plate.
Zucchini pancakes is a healthy version of a savory pancake. It is simple to make and very filling, with not a lot of carbs. It's perfect for brunch. Here's how you can make it at home it's really easy :)
Grate the zucchini and collect it in a big bowl.
Salt the zucchini and mix the salt in evenly the salt makes the zucchini expel the water inside and that is what we will use to make the batter
Mix in the flour bit by bit, until the batter becomes thin and drippy, but clings to the spatula think pancake batter with veggies in it
Heat and oil a frying pan and spoon the batter in. After the edges are cooked enough and start to stick together, flip the pancake.
Plate and serve with a sauce made with soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and hot sauce if you like hot sauce