A super simple and quick vegetable stir fry recipe that will make re think why you ever ordered a chinese takeaway. Flash frying the sweetcorn and the mushroom to give you the much loved  “wok hay” flavour that is in all good stir frys to be  finished with an enveloping pepper and garlic oyster sauce that is just to die for.

Preparation time: 10 Minutes  Total Cooking  time: 5 minutes Serves: 2
  • 200g Baby sweetcorn, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 200g  Chestnut Mushrooms, washed and cut in half
  • 1 Red bell pepper, deseeded, halved and cut into 3cm thin strips
  • 2 Large cloves of garlic, Cut into very thin slices
  • 4 Cracks of black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Groundnut oil
  • 4 Level Tsp. Cornflower
  • Enough warm water to make a paste (Approx. 50ml)

For the Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce
  • 4 Tsp. Dark Soy sauce
  • 2 Tsp. Caster Sugar
  • 150 ml Warm water

Tips and Tricks:  Most importantly get your oyster sauce and dark soy sauce from the chinese supermarket as the flavour, especially for the oyster sauce, is completely different. Getting fresh mushrooms is rather important as old mushrooms will give the dish an almost dirty flavour, making sure to wash them very well for the same reason.

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce and make the cornflower paste. Set aside.
  2. In a wok, heat up the groundnut oil over a very high heat until smoking.
  3. Add the sliced Garlic and fry while stirring until just beginningto turn golden (approx. 15 seconds).
  4. Add the red pepper and stir fry for approx. 60 seconds.
  5. Add the sweetcorn and stir fry for approx. 90 seconds.
  6. Add the mushrooms and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  7. Pour in the sauce, place on the lid and simmer over a low heat for 3 -4 minutes.
  8. Bring the heat to high until the sauce bubbles vigorously, add the cornflower paste and stir well.
  9. Add the cracked black pepper, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  10. Serve with boiled rice.

Tips and Tricks: The real key to stir frys is allowing your oil to get extremely hot, but not too hot that it sets on fire :).  Be very quick when frying the garlic as it burns easily if left un attended, ensuring it gets an even browning on both sides.

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