Four-Treasure Vegetable Platter
photo by lazyme
- Ready In:
- 1hr 5mins
- 1 lb baby carrots, pared, trimmed
- 1 (15 ounce) jar baby corn
- 1 lb fresh mushrooms
- 3 red bell peppers
- 3 tablespoons minced scallions
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
- 3⁄4 cup chicken broth
- 3 1⁄2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons chinese rice wine (or sake)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons vinegar (Chinese black or 1-1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce)
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon oriental sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons safflower oil (or corn oil)
- Place carrots in medium saucepan, add cold water to cover, and heat to boiling. Boil uncovered until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and cool under cold running water. Blanch corn in medium saucepan of boiling water 30 seconds. Drain and cool under running water. Trim and halve mushrooms. Cut bell peppers lengthwise into thin strips, then cut strips crosswise in half.
- Combine scallions, ginger, garlic, and pepper flakes.
- Place remaining ingredients except safflower oil in mixing bowl and stir until completely blender. Set sauce aside.
- Heat safflower oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Add garlic mixture and stir-fry 10 seconds. Add bell peppers and mushrooms; stir-fry until edges of peppers are tender, about 2 minutes. Add sauce and heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Add carrots and corn; toss to coat and heat through. Serve hot.
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This made a very nice side dish for an Asian meal of Chinese smoked ribs and rice. The flavor was simple but very nice with just the right amount of bite from the hot pepper. I did add celery to this as part of the ZWT4 Asian challenge to add more veggies. So basically this became your Five-Treasure Vegetable Platter. We enjoyed much and I am sure this is a recipe I will turn to time and again when preparing certain Asian dishes that are short on veggies. Made for ZWT4 as a member of Kumquat's Kookin' Kaboodles. Thanks much! ~Sue
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