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Big Bowl Restaurant Stir Fry Bar


Vegetable Bar at the Big Bowl Restaurant



FARMER’S MARKET STIR FRY VARIETIES
The Big Bowl Restaurant Recipe

8 ounces boneless chicken breast
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sesame oil
variety of fresh vegetables from the market, washed and chopped

These simple and elegant stir fry puts all the emphasis on the fresh ingredients from your local market. You can use any number of fresh vegetables that are at peak season.

Mix the chicken with the cornstarch and sesame oil, and set aside.
Prepare your choice of sauce; set aside.

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a wok, when the oil is hot add the chicken, and stir gently, cook just until the chicken turns color. Add the vegetables and toss until well coated. Heartier vegetables should be added in first. Add your prepared sauce, bring to a boil. When the sauce boils, stir in the cornstarch mixture. Cook over high heat until the sauce thickens slightly and clears.

Remove to a serving bowl and garnish with a few drops of sesame oil. Serve over or with your favorite rice or noodles.


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BIG BOWL STIR FRY SAUCES

Chinese Ginger Garlic Sauce:
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup chicken stock

Sweet and Sour Lemon Sauce:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
5 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Kung Pao Sauce:
2 teaspoons chili paste with garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons bean sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
6-8 dried whole chilies
peanuts (optional)

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