A good way to select vegetables is to look at the color — the darker and more colorful a vegetable is, the more nutritious.
Beautiful colors add flavor and enjoyment to a dish, and fried celery beef is a good example. It’s also one of the easiest Chinese dishes to make.
For this dish, you’ll need:
3-4 small dry peppers, which you can easily get from Walmart
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
A small amount of sliced ginger
Sliced celery, to taste
Sliced beef, to taste
1 red bell pepper, sliced
5 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Proper amount of corn starch
Now, let’s start making it:
1. Marinade the sliced beef with cornstarch. Cornstarch keeps the meat tender soft and fresh.
2. Pour 3 teaspoon of vegetable oil into the pan, and turn the stove to high. When the oil is hot, put in the dry red peppers, sliced garlic and ginger into the oil and use a spatula fig to stir it for 30 seconds. At this point, you should be able to smell the fired ginger, garlic and red pepper.
3. Put meat into the pan and stir it with oil, garlic and pepper. When the meat’s color turns light, take it out. A few points of redness do not matter.
4. Put the rest of the oil into the pan, and keep the stove on high. When the oil is hot, put sliced celery and bell pepper into the pan, then use the spatula flip to stir fry them for five minutes.
5. After five minutes, mix the vegetable with beef in the pan. Add salt (to taste) and one teaspoon of soy sauce into the dish. When the red part on the meat is gone, the dish is ready to serve.
Chinese cooking is one of the healthiest ways to cook, and differs from traditional American cooking. For example, eating salad is not a typical Chinese tradition because they like their vegetable to be cooked. They believe cooked food is better for your stomach and overall healthier.
In fact, the Chinese stir-fry is different from the western version. When Chinese people stir frying the vegetable, they usually cook as fast as they can to preserve the nutrition.
China is not a country with a large fast food culture, like the United States. Foods in China are elaborated to keep the color, fragrance, taste and nutrition, so it takes longer to cook Chinese. But, once you get used to it, you will benefit from its concept of nutrition balance.
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