|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||32%|
|Total Carbohydrate 25g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||15%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 96mg||479%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Making a "simple stir-fry" isn't always all that simple if you can't get the stir-fry sauce to taste just right. But with this no-fail recipe for Thai stir-fried vegetables, the technique is a shoo-in mostly because the sauce is made up before beginning to fry the vegetables, allowing you to adjust the flavors to your liking. This can be made vegetarian/vegan by substituting soy sauce for the fish sauce.
This is quite a "saucy" stir-fry that is never dry and is terrific served over rice or noodles. Feel free to experiment with your own choice of vegetables, using whatever is fresh and available where you live.
Great as a side dish, you can turn it into a main course by adding tofu, wheat gluten, cashews, cooked shrimp, or slices of chicken as a protein source. Enjoy this dish with egg rolls or spring rolls on the side and sliced fruit for dessert.
Best of all it takes about 20 minutes from start to finish—perfect for gathering the family around the table for a weeknight meal. Things will go even faster if much of the slicing, dicing, and chopping is done the night before.
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots, or purple onion
5 to 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 to 2 thumb-size pieces galangal or ginger, sliced into matchsticks
1/2 to 1 small fresh red chile, thinly sliced or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chile flakes
1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
5 to 6 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
3 baby bok choy, or other small Chinese cabbage, cut in half or thirds
1/4 cup coarsely chopped Thai basil
1 cup jasmine or coconut rice, for serving
For the Stir-Fry Sauce
2/3 cup coconut milk
2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce, or soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed chile flakes
2 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
Make the Stir-Fry Sauce
Gather the ingredients.
In a large cup or small bowl, combine coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice, chile flakes, and brown sugar, stirring well to dissolve the sugar. Taste test, keeping in mind that the first taste should be spicy-salty, followed by sweetness and the rich taste of the coconut milk. Adjust these flavors to suit your taste, adding more lime juice if too sweet or salty (note that it will be less salty when combined with the vegetables).
Stir-Fry the Dish
Warm a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat.
Add 2 tablespoons oil and swirl around, then add the shallots, garlic, galangal, and chile flakes.
Stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, then add the carrot, mushrooms, optional cauliflower, and 1/4 of the stir-fry sauce. Continue stir-frying 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the broccoli and red pepper plus enough stir-fry sauce to gently simmer vegetables (about 2 minutes). This is meant to be a "saucy" stir-fry that is never dry so the sauce can flavor the rice or noodles it is served with.
Finally, add the bok choy or Chinese cabbage. Add more of the stir-fry sauce as needed, almost enough to just cover vegetables in sauce. Simmer until bok choy or cabbage is cooked but still bright green with some crispness (2 to 3 minutes more).
Remove from heat and taste test. If not salty enough, add a little more fish or soy sauce. If too salty or sweet, add a squeeze of lime juice. Add more sugar or chile if desired. Top with fresh basil and serve over Thai jasmine rice or Thai coconut rice.
- Any leftover stir-fry sauce can be stored for one week in a covered container in your refrigerator for future stir-fries.
- Use this sauce to make a main course dish by adding cooked chicken or shrimp or adding tofu/cashews if vegetarian/vegan.
- If using raw chicken or raw shrimp, combine with 3 tablespoons of the stir-fry sauce as a marinade. Add marinated chicken/shrimp at the beginning of stir-frying together with the shallots, garlic, galangal, and sliced red chile or chile flakes.