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Secrets of Stir Fry: Long Hot Peppers & Pork 小椒炒肉丝

Secrets of Stir Fry: Long Hot Peppers & Pork 小椒炒肉丝

Long hot peppers with pork are a classic Chinese stir fry combo. I’m sharing the best secrets for stir frying. Read on for the equipment and technique you need to achieve tender meat, crisp veggies, and wok hei “breath of the the wok” in any home kitchen.

Sichuan Hot & Sour Julienned Potatoes<br />酸辣土豆丝

Sichuan Hot & Sour Julienned Potatoes
酸辣土豆丝

The ultimate budget breakfast or dinner potato dish, Sichuan hot and sour julienned potatoes are crisp, spicy, and tart. They’re the perfect bite!

Hubei “Steam Water” Meat Custard (Qi Shui Rou)<br />湖北名菜 汽水肉

Hubei “Steam Water” Meat Custard (Qi Shui Rou)
湖北名菜 汽水肉

“Steam water” meat is a delicate, savory steamed meat and egg custard, kind of a mash-up of steamed meatloaf and Japanese chawanmushi (steamed egg custard). Although it’s a 名菜 famous dish in 武汉 Wuhan and across 湖北 Hubei province, it’s rarely found elsewhere at even the most authentic Chinese restaurants. Like Wuhan Hot Dry Noodles 武汉热干面, this is a regionally specific dish that is simultaneously well-known and hard-to-find.

Easy, Delicious Home-Style Tofu 家常炖豆腐

Easy, Delicious Home-Style Tofu 家常炖豆腐

Tofu gets a totally undeserved bad rap. Everyone knows that tofu is healthy (low carb, high protein, high calcium), but today’s recipe is proof that it can be delicious too. If you’re convinced that there’s no such thing as tasty tofu, I promise this dish will change your mind.

炒三丝 “Chinese Three Threads”

炒三丝 “Chinese Three Threads”

The dish is 炒三丝 (chǎo sān sī), which translates to “sauteed three threads”. It’s a homey stir fry of three+ different components whose flavor and color complement each other to become more than the sum of the parts. It’s a particularly humble dish because it uses whatever random veggies and optional meats you have in the fridge.