One of the best cooking advices I had ever receive was, “Let the ingredients be what they are.” In that case let the natural flavor stand out and keep its characteristic intact. That’s why I love quick cooking method like stir frying. Not only it’s less time consuming, energy saving, it also one of the best possible method of retaining vitamins, mineral and juicy flavor of the ingredients.
When I get a hold of something so fresh and beautiful like an earthy green head of broccoli, I wish I could it raw just like that. Too bad raw food was never quite my preference. But a few minutes in a wok, tossing big slices in smoking oil with a simple seasoning could actually turn anything into a succulent goodness.
Stir frying broccoli with oyster sauce is one of those quick and simple recipes with the result of a thoughtful tailored flavor. While broccoli is sliced into rough big pieces, it gives the dish a sense of simplicity and rusticity. Another reason I cut them so big is because I want to keep that sweet juice in each slice.
Oyster sauce has a very deep flavor with strong aroma but somehow it let the ingredient be without overpowering it. It adds a wonderful salty subtle flavor while allowing the broccoli to remain sweet and simple.
Stir Fried Broccoli with Oyster Sauce
Ingredients: (2 servings)
250 gm broccoli- sliced into big pieces
2-4 cloves garlic- roughly bruised
1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1/4 cup vegetable stock
1 tbsp corn starch- dissolved in a little water
1 tbsp oil
- Heat oil in the pan over high heat. When the oil is hot, sauté garlic until golden brown.
- Add broccoli and toss until coated evenly with oil.
- Add oyster sauce and vegetable stock. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes. The broccoli should become slightly tender but crunchy and juicy on the inside.
- Check the seasoning and thicken the sauce with corn starch mixture.
- Serve hot with some rice.
Our broccoli was sweet and juicy. The sauce was full of flavor and it’s just enough to melt into hot rice. It was fresh, healthy and comforting.