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How do HK restaurants keep wok-fried scallops white, with no visible sear marks?

After I add oil to pan on cook top and stir fry them, my scallops get brown sear marks. See photos: But when ever I order Jade Scallops (西蘭花炒帶子 in Chinese) in HK restaurants, their scallops stay ...
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How to retain the smell of frying green onions/scallions in cooked dish?

I have always loved the smell of frying green onions/scallions but was never able to retain the smell of it when the dish is done cooking. I was in Singapore about 1.5 years ago and in a small food ...
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What are some good ways to treat frozen vegetables such that they behave like fresh vegetables when stir frying them?

Forgive me for being a novice. I like having frozen spinach, onions, broccoli, and vegetables since they're convenient and don't spoil. But I only know the practices for cooking, and in particular, ...
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Why is a grilled lamb chop tougher than stir fried beef strips or lamb stew?

Why does a grilled lamb chop feel more tough compared to say stir fried beef strips or lamb stew?
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Is it okay for oil to smoke in stir-fry?

I've always been taught that when frying anything at all, it's of the utmost importance keep the oil below its smoke point. Once the oil starts smoking, I've heard, it's game over-- the oil is ...
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Is it possible to stir-fry meat cutlets without “oil bombing” ?) [duplicate]

While frying in the pan, meat gives out the moisture, that causes oil to "shoot". How do you make cutlets? And is there something, that I can add to the meat, to make water stay inside or go out ...
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How do I make sure I don't overheat my teflon pan?

I cook in my teflon wok pans all the time. I recently saw an answer here suggesting to preheat a pan to a high temperature and cook in small batches when preparing stir-fry food. I would like to try ...
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Why are we frying in the oil, but not in any other liquid? (besides the temperature)

Yes, water is boiling at ~100°C (212 F), but boiling point also depends from the pressure. If we could achieve 180°C (350 F) for water, at very high pressure, could we fry something in that water? Or ...
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How to cook multiple batches in a wok without things burning

I've read in a number of places that instead of doubling a recipe in a wok, just do multiple batches. However, whenever I try to do multiple batches, by the second batch things are starting to get ...
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Making Chinese chicken-and-broccoli sauce

I love the sauce you get on that take-out dish, and I want to make it myself. From all the places I've ordered it, it tastes relatively the same, yet several recipes online show big differences. So I ...
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Adding uncooked rice to a slow-cooked stir fry

I'd like to make this slow-cooked chicken stir fry recipe. It is suggested that it be served with rice. But I know rice itself can be made in a slow-cooker. If I don't mind having the rice already ...
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Should I stir fry all my vegetables at the same time or do them one at time? [duplicate]

I want to stir fry broccolis, onions, mushrooms, and carrots. Should I do them all at the same time or separately because they might have different cooking time?
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Should I get a thin, flat bottomed wok to stir fry large amounts of veggies on an electric stove?

Currently I stir fry veggies in a flat non-stick frying pan. It's OK but it doesn't have much volume so I can't cook a large amount of veggies unless I do so in batches, which I don't want to because ...
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How to stir fry frozen veggies?

There are various frozen veggie mixes available in my local grocery shops, that are meant to be used in stir fries (according to their description at least), but I can't seem to get satisfactory ...
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What does “stir to cover” mean?

I don't really understand what the phrase "stir to cover and warm" means. Can someone shed some light?
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How to make less salty Fermented Black Bean Stir Fry

I recently tried a variant of chinese stir fry using Lee Kum Kee Black Bean Garlic Sauce. I liked the flavor, but the end result was significantly saltier than I prefer. The rough recipe I used was: ...
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How can I liven up run-of-the-mill stir fry? [closed]

Rice or noodles, onions, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce are a pretty standard stir fry base. How can I liven this up a little? I'm not looking for major additions, like chicken, eggs, etc. I'm ...
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Mongolian BBQ Meat Cuts?

I am planning on slicing meat with a slicer for Mongolian BBQ and have decided on slicing frozen chicken breast and frozen pork shoulder butt. What I do not know though, is what I should use for ...
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How to get heat high enough for stir fry?

Considering that mounting a fighter jet afterburner in my kitchen (or anything, for that matter) isn't very convenient or realistic, what would be a realistic way to get the extreme heat output that ...
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Air Fryer effect on Vegetables?

Does the Philips Air-fryer work as well as a standard deep-fryer? Most of what I've been reading about Air Fryers is centered on: Potatoes/ Fries Some of fish/ chicken/ meat dish Being a veggie, I ...
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Should you ever add aromatic veggies to a dish without sauteing them first?

Many recipes and cooking blog posts emphasize the importance of sauteing aromatic veggies to release their flavor and reduce the bite. This gave me the impression that when aromatic veggies are ...
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What gas output required for home stir frying?

I love stir fries, but I've never been happy with the result from using my 2400w electric nonstick wok. I've bought a nice heavy steel one and know I need a gas burner but not sure of the output I ...
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Using beef jerky cuts for stir fry?

I have some cuts of beef intended to be used for beef jerky. I have not yet dried them -- the meat is still fresh. I don't know what cut of meat was used. Can I use it for stir fry?
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Vegetarian replacement for pork mince in Chinese style stir fry

In Chinese cuisine it's very common to start a vegetable stir fry with a bit of minced meat, typically pork, to give the dish a deeper flavor. To make a vegetarian version I usually just leave this ...
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Stir-fry pan choices

We like to make stir-fry occasionally, and we do so currently in a medium-sized stainless steel wok over a gas burner (but, a regular one, nothing that is super-stir-fry powered). It's a pretty good ...
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Wok patina; when to redo seasoning?

This is a new carbon steel wok, seasoned on a gas stove with oil and had one stir fry made in it: I've seen other posts where advice was given to let the scratches repair themselves over the many ...
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I followed the instructions, but my food still stuck to the wok

I bought a very expensive Stainless Steel Baccarat Wok only last week. I followed instructions as told by the shop assistant (to wipe with a small amount of oil before I started to cook), but when I ...
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What kind of cabbage to use in cabbage poriyal (Indian stir-fry)?

I tried making this with a savoy cabbage, and it tastes like Irish cabbage - the spices were overwhelmed by the cabbage taste. When I have had this dish in Indian restaurants, the cabbage taste is ...
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Stir fry - garlic burns if I put it in first, what am I doing wrong?

I read everywhere that I should put garlic first in the oil for a stir fry. However, whenever I do this the garlic burns into little brown chunks. What's the proper amount of time for letting garlic ...
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Help finding information on Marble coated woks

I've been looking for a wok and was considering a carbon steel wok, but from my research, it seems that carbon steel woks, even if they have a flat bottom, may warp slightly from the heat and not ...
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Can an enameled dutch oven be used for stir frying?

I want to use a KitchenAid enameled cast iron dutch oven for stir frying Asian style. Are there any issues with using it for stir frying? I am a cooking newbie, and want to find healthy cooking ...
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Cooking beef for pepper steak

From American-"Chinese" restaurants, I usually order a dish called "Pepper Steak with Onions". This seems to be a simple enough dish, mostly a straightforward stir-fry, except for one unique ...
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How long to stir-fry vegetables to retain most nutrients? [closed]

If I need to stir-fry vegetables, how long is the ideal time? I like stir-frying vegetables (almost my staple food) but I don't want to lose much of the nutrients.
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Black/purple ingredient in stir fry?

I've had stir fry a few times lately and have noticed this strange ingredient in it. It is a blackish purple color, and looks a lot like a noodle! The other seasonings have mostly overpowered it so I ...
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Why do some recipes require or insist on the use of a wok over the use of a skillet / pan?

I have an electric stove. Many of the recipes from my Asian cuisine book call for a Wok to be used rather than a typical flat based pan. Why is there so much stress on the type of pan when the purpose ...
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How to tell if stir fry lamb is done?

I am following this recipe to make stir fry lamb. However, I always end up overcooking the lamb out of fear of serving raw food, resulting in tough pieces of meat. How do I tell when the slices of ...
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Lining a frying pan with aluminum foil to reduce post-cooking cleanup?

I make a lot of stir fry in my frying pan, and I hate cleaning it up. Often, if I do not clean the pan immediately, the stir fry residue (little pieces I have failed to scooped out when moving the ...
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Lots of liquid in bottom of wok when stir frying

When making stir fry, I use chicken, onion, bell peppers, green onions, bean sprouts, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. When doing this, I use just enough peanut oil to coat the bottom of the wok, ...
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Can I cook with fire?

In Japanese restaurants, I always see the chefs doing crazy things with fire, and seeming to make very good grilled vegetables by lighting things on fire. I know most of that is for show, and that the ...
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How can I prepare left over Stir Fry for the fridge?

I like making Stir Fry and I've tried several times to make two meal's worth so I can refrigerate half and take it to work, but so far every attempt has been sub-bar. It's veggie stir fry and I use a ...
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How can I tell when ground beef is fully cooked?

So, how do you know that the ground beef is fully cooked when you are stir frying it on a sauce pan ?
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Can I freeze stir-fry vegetables?

I have been buying pre-cut and prepped stir-fry veggies at Trader Joe's and I was wondering if I could freeze my own bags of veggies. Would there be any issues with cutting up stir-fry veggies and ...
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Stir fry sauce quantity

I am trying to create written instructions for making stir fry for some rather inexperienced cooks to follow. One dilemma that I'm having is describing the amount of sauce to use. How would you ...
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What does adding dark rum give to a fajita stir-fry?

I'm looking at a recipe for a fajita stir-fry that includes an optional 2 tbsp of dark rum. The introduction for the recipe mentions, Latin spices combined with the optional kick of dark Jamaican ...
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How much oil should you use when stir frying a single portion?

I stir fry several times a week. When I do I do each portion seperately, made to order. How much oil should I use? How do I figure out how much oil to use for each portion since some are bigger than ...
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Stir-frying: how much of the oil evaporates?

When you're stir-frying or sauteeing, I'm sure some of the oil get evaporated due to high temperature. How much of the original oil evaporates? Since I suppose it depends on the kind of oil, ...
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Tricks to ensure Mailliard/Browning reaction?

Seems like a question that would've been asked before, but I couldn't find a pre-existing question. Sorry if this is a duplicate. Anyway, I do a lot of stir-fry, usually with chicken. My usual ...
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How to cook using a wok

I've heard that using a wok helps ensure not only perfectly cooked meats and vegetables, it also just makes food taste better. I've purchased a new wok and am looking forward to putting it to use. As ...
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Suitable oil for woking?

I know some oil is not suitable for woking. Like sunflower oil and olive oil? What oil is best suitable for woking and which oil is not suitable?
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How can I improve an asian sauté / stir fry?

When I make a sauté, I use bell peppers, green onions, beef slices, carrots, ginger and mushrooms. I fry all the ingredients together, add some lime juice, soy sauce, salt, pepper and oregano. Then, I ...