This is a very simple, authentic chinese dish. It’s a great example of what real chinese food
is like – it’s a lot lighter and more delicate than what’s typically passed off as Chinese food in the US. You should really go to a chinese grocery store for the bean sprouts: you’ll get them fresher, and a
hell of a lot cheaper. (My local chinese grocery sells bean sprouts for under $1/lb; at the local
grocery store, I can buy one-half a pound of sprouts for $4.) Like most real chinese food, a this isn’t
a full meal by itself – a real chinese meal has several contrasting dishes served together.
- 1 lb. fresh bean sprouts.
- 1/2 large onion, sliced thin.
- 3 large dried black mushrooms.
- 1 teaspoon sugar.
- 1 teaspoon salt.
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce.
- 2 tablespoon vodka.
- 2 chicken breasts, sliced into long thin strips.
- 3 scallions, green parts sliced thin.
- Remove the soaked mushrooms from the water, squeeze the excess water out, and
slice them into narrow strips.
- Take the sliced chicken breast, and mix in 1 tablespoon of the
soy, and 1 tablespoon of the vodka, and let it sit for five minutes.
- Heat a pot of boiling water, and blanch the bean sprouts for about 1 minute,
then remove and rinse with cold water.
- Heat a wok on high heat, until it’s smoking hot. Put in about 1 tablespoon of
oil, then add the chicken, and stir fry until it’s browned and just barely cooked through. Then remove it
the wok, and put it aside. Try to leave as much of the oil from cooking the chicken as you can in
- Add a bit more oil to the wok – just enough to be able to cook the onions. Make sure the
wok is really hot, then add the onions. The idea is to get them to brown on the outside,
while the centers are still almost raw.
- As soon as they start to brown a bit, add in the bean sprouts, and stir around. This will cool
the wok a bit, because of the bulk of the sprouts.
- Add the mushrooms, the salt, the sugar, the remaining soy and vodka, and the chicken.
- Stir around until the sprouts are nice and hot. Add the scallions, give it one last
stir, and then dump it into a serving bowl.
Serve it with rice.