|Chinese stir fried cauliflower|
It seems lots of people have asked how to stir fry cauliflower Chinese way. I was very lazy last time — I only wrote about the simplest way of doing it ( Stir fry cauliflower and broccoli ).
As I mentioned before, I have never been a cauliflower fan — Did I mention that cauliflower is called “vegetable flower” in Chinese? :))) Stir fry “flowers” sounds a bit strange to me … lol..
The first time I really enjoyed eating cauliflower was when, long long time ago, an Italian friend cooked it into lasagna — with lots of cream and cheese. I was surprised by its natural flavor — even when combined with all the diary products.
But since there is normally no cream or cheese in Chinese stir fry , (I honestly cannot see myself putting pots of cream and blocks of cheese into a dish anyway:)), I tried to find a good Chinese recipe so that I could actually enjoy eating it when cooked Chinese way.
The recipe: Chinese stir-fried cauliflower
Cauliflower is a common ingredient in Northern Chinese cuisine. The most common way to cook it at home is stir fried with (sliced) meat, or made into salad. By chance I found this method, which I then found quite successful — by ‘success’ I really mean that I had repeated nods from “him” and all friends who tried it. :)))
It is slightly more complicated than the last recipe — instead of boiling the cauliflower first, I will now fry it first, and then follow the normal ‘stir fry routine’. It takes a bit effort and longer time to cook, but hey, today is Sunday! :))
Here you go.
Cauliflower, carrot, corn flour, egg, cooking wine, salt, oil, sugar, sesame oil, light soy sauce (optional)
1) Wash and chop cauliflower and carrot into small pieces.
2) In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of corn flour with water, then add in 2/3 tablespoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar, couple of drops of light soy sauce (optional), stir well.
1) In a mix ball, mix an egg (egg white only is the best) and corn flour together into a thin paste.
2) Evenly mix chopped cauliflower into the paste.
3) Place a wok on strong fire, then pour in oil for deep frying.
|Frying the cauliflower|
4) When the oil is hot enough, (around 100 degrees), put the pieces of cauliflower one by one into the oil to fry. (This is only for getting rid of the ‘rawness’ from cauliflower, and for easily getting the seasoning into the cauliflower.)
5) When the surface is getting “crispy” or the colour changes, remove the cauliflower pieces from the oil.
6) Leave a little bit oil in the wok, (on strong fire), add in chopped carrot, 1 tablespoon of cooking wine, stir a little, then add in fried cauliflower.
7) Pour in the corn flour mix, (stir well before adding in the wok).
8) When the vegetables absorb all the sauce (this is very quick), turn off the fire, add 2 drops of sesame oil, then place the dish on the plate –
—- ready to serve!
This might surprise you, but the oil absorbed by the cauliflower is hardly noticeable after frying. To the contrary, the taste is very fresh and light. Using corn flour in the ‘paste’ instead of ‘plain flour’ does make a difference as corn flour doesn’t form up a thick coating.
I like it to go with boiled rice. :))
- Corn flour
- Cooking wine
- Sesame oil
- Light soy sauce
- Wash and chop cauliflower and carrot into small pieces.
- Mix a teaspoon of corn flour with water in a small bowl
- Add in ⅔ tablespoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of white sugar, couple of drops of light soy sauce and stir well.
- In a mix bowl, mix an egg white and corn flour together into a thin paste
- Mix chopped cauliflower into the paste.
- Place a wok on strong fire, then pour in oil for deep frying.
- When the oil is hot, put the pieces of cauliflower one by one into the oil to fry.
- When the surface starts getting crispy, remove the cauliflower pieces from the oil.
- Leave a little bit oil in the wok, (on strong fire), add in chopped carrot, 1 tablespoon of cooking wine, stir a little, then add in fried cauliflower.
- Pour in the corn flour mix, (stir well before adding in the wok).
- When the vegetables absorb all the sauce (this is very quick), turn off the fire, add 2 drops of sesame oil.