Friday, March 18, 2011

Stir-fried Asparagus with Garlic

We had leftover tzeen meen (Hong Kong-style chow mein with a touch of deep frying) from our favorite Chinese restaurant, Daimo in the Pacific East Mall in Richmond. We stir-fried it to heat it up but were lacking a green vegetable, which is always a critical course in Chinese home meals. So we went with some asparagus that my wife had picked up at the El Cerrito Farmer's Market.
We came up with this recipe.

2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 pound asparagus
1 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon hot bean sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Prepare the asparagus by removing the hard ends and slicing the remainder into 2 inch lengths.
Heat a seasoned iron wok on high heat to smoking. Add the oil to heat then the minced garlic. Stir fry the garlic for about 15 seconds then add a pinch of salt and the asparagus. Stir fry the asparagus for about a minute or two until the heat has had an effect on it. Add the beef broth and continue on high heat for another 5 minutes or so. You're looking to eventually reduce the broth to a thick sauce. With about 30 seconds to go, stir in the bean sauce and the soy sauce into the reduced broth. Just at the end add the sesame oil and give a quick stir then remove from heat and serve at once.

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