Chinese Oyster Sauce
It's the season for delicious fall greens! And today, I'm sharing with you the best secret ingredient to cooking up a delicious plate of Asian leafy greens. The savory - with a hint of sweet - oyster sauce gives any food a complex umami essence. Oyster extracts provide a mild hit of flavor. It can be added to stir fries or used to create a marinade or base for a sauce, but my favorite use is just plopped atop blanched greens. Add some fried garlic or shallots and your greens will be ready to serve!
*And for vegetarians, a vegetarian option is made with mushroom extracts.
In The Chinese Kitchen Garden, there is a recipe for a noodle dish featuring my favorite noodles - wide, flat, rice noodles. You can see how a finshed dish using these soft and chewy noodles looks in this post.
Unfortunately, I have never seen these noodles for sale anywhere except for in Asian supermarkets. They're often bagged like you see in the photo above, or on a styrofoam tray and wrapped in plastic. They're usually found in the refrigerated section, or if they're fresh and meant to be sold daily, they can be found unrefrigerated like the noodles above. As you see in the photo, they're usually sold in sheets that have to be cut to size, separated, and then stir-fried. It's easy and SO YUMMY.
I'm Wendy Kiang-Spray, gardener, home cook, and author of The Chinese Kitchen Garden. Learn more about the book here. Enjoy the blog and be sure to like The Chinese Kitchen Garden Facebook page for notifications when there are new posts.