Sunday, January 19, 2014

Easy Stir-fry

Sometimes, I get home from work after 6pm and don't want to labour over the kitchen counter.

Sometimes, I just don't want to spend a fortune at the supermarket before getting home.

Sometimes, I am just plain lazy.

It is times like these, I'm grateful that I have access to a wok.

A simple stir-fry is my go to dish whenever I feel like putting minimal effort into cooking but still have a very nutritious meal. The best thing about this recipe is that you can vary the ingredients and the quantities to suit your own tastes and the number of guests you have -I usually go with 1/4 meat to 3/4 vegetables, but I often throw in some tofu or just go with vegetables.

My go to meat is pork and I usually just pick out any vegetables that catch my eye while I'm at the supermarket -anything crunchy like snow peas, broccoli and bok choy is great. Most days, I just use whatever is left over from other dishes I've made!

The best thing about this dish (other than being quick and yummy) is that it costs less than the local takeaways. I do most of my shopping at my local Chinese supermarket where all my fresh ingredients can be obtained for less than $6.00. 

So please give this a try and tell me all the cool combinations you have tried in your own kitchen!

Lucy's Easy Stir-fry


1 cup pork, sliced into strips (or chicken or prawns or whatever takes your fancy..)
2 heaped tsp cornflour
1 tsp seasame oil
2 tsp light soy sauce
3 cups seasonal vegetables (the crunchier, the better!)
1 1/2 Tbs vegetable oil for frying
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
2 Tbs shaoxing wine
2 Tbs light soy sauce
2 tsp white sugar

Cornflour slurry (optional, for sauce):
1 tsp cornflour
1 Tbs cold water


1. Mix sesame oil, cornflour and the first measure of soy sauce into a slurry and coat the sliced pork evenly.
2. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or deep frying pan and add the garlic. 
3. When the garlic becomes fragrant, add the pork and fry for about 3 minutes or until it is cooked through. 
4. Add the vegetables and fry for another 3 minutes.
5. Add the shaoxing wine, second measure of soy sauce and sugar and stir until completely mixed through the ingredients.
6. If you want a nice smooth sauce, combine the ingredients for the cornflour slurry in a separate bowl and stir through the stir-fry.
7. Serve with a bowl of hot steaming rice.


  1. You're so right about stir frys saving the day or evening meal! They're so quick and tasty to put together and so right for the warm weather too!

  2. I love how easy peasy stir fries are! Perfect for crazy weeknights.

  3. i fit into at least one of those descriptions on any given day, and sometimes i fit into all three! this is a great dish that fulfills all my needs. :)

  4. Dear Lucy,

    I love a simple stir-fry coz it's so easy and fresh. I think slicing the pork crosswise into strips like you have done makes it so tender too.

  5. Yum! I love stir fry's for a nice quick meal that's also tasty! They're also good for using up the last of the veges in the fridge before you go shopping for the next week :)

  6. Love stir fry dish because I can cook a very quick and delicious meal in no time, especially after kids' activities... I rely on stir fry and soup/stew dishes a lot on those days. :) And not to mention, we can put protein and veggies in one dish! This looks delicious!