Stir Fry Sauces

Dark Sauce 1
E.g. beef & broccoli

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 4 tablespoons water

Dark Sauce 2
E.g. beef & asparagus

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black/dark soy sauce, for coloring
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch of salt

Light Sauce
E.g. mushroom chicken

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dashes white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Salt, to taste

Pan Fried Glazed Tofu

  • 1 package tofu, cut into triangles
  • Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cups broth
  1. Cut tofu into triangles, then coat all sides with cornstarch.
  2. Whisk the rest of the glaze ingredients in small bowl.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  4. When skillet is hot, add tofu in single layer and cook until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn tofu with tongs and cook until second side is browned, 4 to 6 minutes more. 
  5. Add glaze ingredients and cook, stirring, until glaze is thick and tofu is coated, 1 to 2 minutes.

Five Spice Roast Chicken

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbls. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbls. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. five-spice powder
  • 1 Tbls. rice wine vinegar
  • 6 chicken leg quarters, 4 ½ – 5 lbs.

Marinade chicken for at least 2 hours, up to overnight. Roast at 425*F for 45-50 minutes.

Fish with Black bean sauce

  • ½ lb tilapia cut into pieces and marinated with ½ tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp black bean sauce
  • ½ onion, large dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, large dice
  • 2 stalk scallions (cut into 1.5 inch length)
  • 5 slices fresh ginger

Sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon fish sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ tablespoon corn starch (mix with 6 tablespoons water)

Stir fry the ginger, onion and bell pepper in a wok. Add fish, stir fry until almost cooked. Add sauce, stir until thickened.

Sous Vide Leg of Lamb

For the garlic-parsley paste

  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 2-4 tbsp minced parsley
  1. Cut top 1/3 off 2 heads of garlic. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil each and wrap tightly in foil. Bake at 400* for 40 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine parsley and mashed roasted garlic.

For the Lamb

  • 5 – 7 pound boneless leg of lamb (~30 minutes)
  1. Unroll lamb. Following natural seams (delineated by lines of fat), separate into three smaller roasts, using sharp boning knife as needed.
  2. Trim visible fat and gristle from exterior of each roast. With small, pointed cuts, penetrate deeper to remove interior pockets of gristle, fat, and silver skin.
  3. Lightly score inside of each roast, making ¼-inch-deep cuts spaced1 inch apart in crosshatch pattern.
  4. Rub scored surface of brined lamb with garlic-parsley paste, working paste into grooves.
  5. Roll into compact roast, tucking in flaps, to form log shape. Tie with twine at 1-inch intervals.

Sous Vide

  • If 2 roasts: 133* for 4-5 hours
  • If 3 roasts: 133* for 3 hours
  • Sear for 1 minute on each side when done

Cocktail (Coconut) Bun

The Bun

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup, plus 1 tbsp milk (at room temperature)
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup cake flour
  • 3 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

The Filling

  • 6 tbsp softened butter
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar or superfine sugar
  • 3 tbsp cake flour
  • ¼ cup dry milk powder
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  1. Start by making the bread dough, and be sure your ingredients are at room temperature. In the bowl of a mixer, add the heavy cream, milk, egg, sugar, cake flour, bread flour, yeast, and salt (in that order). Using the dough hook attachment, turn on the mixer at its lowest setting.
  2. Let it go for 15 minutes, occasionally stopping the mixer to push the dough together. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and place in a warm spot for 1 hour. The dough will grow to about 1.5X its original size.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the filling by thoroughly combining all the filling ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  4. After the bread dough has proofed for an hour, put the dough back in the mixer and knead slowly for another 5 minutes to get rid of air bubbles. Dump the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 16-18 equal pieces.
  5. Flatten each piece of dough with your hands into a rough oval shape, about 4 inches long and 3 inches wide. Spread about a tablespoon of filling onto the middle of the dough, and roll it into a cigar, tucking the ends under the bun to completely seal the filling in. We like this method because it evenly distributes the filling throughout the bun.
  6. Transfer the buns to a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise for another 45 minutes to an hour.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  8. Once the buns have risen, brush with egg wash. Pipe two stripes of your topping mixture onto each bun, and sprinkle each with sesame seeds. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and brush with the sugar syrup.