Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sauté Vegetables Oriental Style 脆脆炒杂菜

Some of my friends often complain that their kids do not like greens, so getting the little ones to complete his or her meal can be quite a challenge. Thank God I do not really have this problem with Ethan as he generally likes his veggies.

To spice up his liking for vegetables, I usually cook veggies that are crunchy and of contrasting colors so they are pleasant to the eyes. This tactic has worked well so far an I seldom have to force him to eat his veggies.

This is a quick dish that can be served for the entire family in under 20 minutes.

Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 8 min
Serving for: 4 person

2 clove garlic, chopped
1 thumsize ginger, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into long stripes
1/2 fresh carrots, cut into round shape
12 french beans, cleaned
1/2 cup fresh broccoli, cut length wise
1/2 cup cauliflower, cut length wise

For Flavoring:
1-2 table spoons of light soy sauce (reduce the usage of soy sauce if serving for young infant) 酱油
Few drops of worcestershire sauce (急汁)
Few drops of sesame oil (芝麻油)
A dash pepper (胡椒粉)

Step-by-Step Guides:

  1. Heat up 1 spoonful of cooking oil in a wok, sauté the garlic and ginger till they turn light brown, add  all the veggies except french beans, stir fry the veggies for about a minute, then add light soy sauce and worcestershire sauce. 
  2. Add 2 table spoon of water, spread out the veggies evenly then close the lid and let it shimmers for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add french beans, mix well and shimmers the veggies with lid close for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, add a dash of pepper and a few drops of sesame oil before serving.

Useful Tips!

  • French beans, broccoli and carrots are among the ideal finger food for baby to self feed, my 18 mo really enjoyed chewing these crunchy veggies and finished the entire bowl I served her. :) 
  • Alternatively, you may use a kitchen scissor to cut the veggies into bite size to avoid chocking.
  • Do not over cook your veggies or they will lose the crunchiness.
  • You may include prawns or chicken strips (after 3rd step) into this dish for added flavor. I just like my greens, green. :)

The ingredients

Love the vibrant colors

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