Ingredients in Chinese Cooking
Vegetable OilA 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 ChestnutsThese 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 MelonThis wonderous giant melon resembles a water melon but has a bland tasting cream colored flesh. Usually can be found in soup dishes.
Won Ton WrappersSmall 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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