The splendor and simplicity of quickly cooked vegetables is very much highlighted in this recipe. I grew up eating vegetables fresh (organic) from our little kitchen garden at the back on the house. So even as a lil fella on the islands, mommy never had a problem getting us to eat stir fry. Okra and bitter melon (caralie), now that’s a different story.
1/2 small savoy cabbage (chopped)
1 carrot (julienne)
1/2 red bell pepper (cut 1/2 inch pieces)
1/2 yellow bell pepper (cut 1/2 inch pieces)
1/2 Christophene (cho cho or Chayote)
1/2 medium onion (diced)
2 cloves garlic (diced fine)
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
10 string beans (trimmed & cut 1 inch)
1/4 large broccoli (cut into florets)
1 teaspoon veg oil
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Sesame oil
1-2 tablespoon water
Wash and core the Christophene, then cut into strips (watch the video below). You may remove the skin if you want (with a pairing knife or potato peeler).
Prep the other vegetables we’ll be using. I like cutting them into different shapes as it gives the finished dish wonderful textures.
Heat a pan of medium/high heat and go in with the oil, followed by the onion, garlic and ginger. Add the black pepper, sesame oil (I’m not a huge fan of it, so you can add more if you wish) and cook for about 1 minute.
Now go in with the more tough vegetables… Christophene, carrot and string beans. Cook for about 2 minutes, then add the broccoli and water. The water is to create a bit of steam to cook the vegetables without burning.
I didn’t add any salt as I’m cutting back on my sodium intake and the soy sauce is enough to season this for me. However, you may want to add about 3/4 teaspoon salt.
Now add the bell peppers and stir well.
Three minutes later add the Hoisin and mix well to make sure all the vegetables are coated with it. Toss in the cabbage, give it 2 minutes and you’re done. For additional favor you’re free to add a teaspoon of Oyster Sauce.
I maintained a med/high heat and at no time did I cover the pan. I used a non-stick pan so I didn’t have to use much oil. You’re also free to add any of your fav vegetables if you wish. Be creative!
NOTE! I like my vegetables with a slight crunch, so you may need to cook an extra minute or two if you like your vegetables cooked longer.