Ingredients in Chinese Cooking


Ingredients in Chinese Cooking

Vegetable Oil

pure_vegetable_oil A mild vegetable oil is used for deep frying but most Chinese cooks prefer a 'cooked' oil for stir-frying. The oil that has been used once or twice for deep-drying can be used as the main oil for stir-frying, as it has lost some of its 'raw' taste. Peanut oil is great for added flavor.

Water Chestnuts

Water Chestnuts These small rounded crisp vegetables are sold in cans and can sometimes be bought fresh. They have a beautiful crunchy texture and a bland, very slight sweet taste. Store unused water chestnuts in water in a container in refrigerator for several days only.

Winter Melon

Winter Melon

This wonderous giant melon resembles a water melon but has a bland tasting cream colored flesh. Usually can be found in soup dishes.

Won Ton Wrappers

Wonton Wrappers Small thin squares of pasta dough, usually made from egg yolks and flour. Sold in stacks of about 30, they can be stored in refrigerator for several days.




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