Saturday, November 5, 2011
Stir Fried Cucumber and Mushroom with Chicken
When you see some gorgeous cucumber at the market , I bet you always think - salad ! salsa ! pickles ! or just eating it raw . But you wouldn't think of stir frying it , would you ? :D It's not really the season for cucumber here , but I saw these yummy looking Chinese cucumber at the wet market and thought stir fry ! :D I love the crunchiness of the cucumber in this dish , so when you cook it , don't add too much water . Did you know ( I bet you did ! but anyway ) that cucumber is classified as a fruit not a veggie ? ( well ,that's according to wiki :D ) You can use any cucumber for this recipe . I used this type of cucumber . Omit , substitute and adjust ingredients if prefer .
1 pc of cucumber , about 250 grams
100 grams oyster mushroom
100 grams chicken fillet
1/2 medium onion , thinly sliced
1 ( small ) clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp chilli garlic sauce
some sliced ginger
salt & pepper to taste
1 stalk spring onion , sectioned
1 tsp oyster sauce added to 1/2 tsp constarch & 1 T water , mix together
* Scrape the thorny skin , deseed and slice . Put the sliced cucumber in a colander and toss in some salt , about 5 minutes , wash thoroughly then drain .
* Heat some oil in the pan , pan fry the mushroom until golden brown , transfer to a plate , keep warm .
* In the same pan , fry garlic until fragrant then add in the chicken fillet , stir fry until done then toss in the chilli garlic sauce . Add in onion , fry until slightly soften , add ginger , stir then immediately add the sliced cucumber and mushroom , stir to incorporate and splash in just a little bit of water just to moisten , stir to combine , add in salt & pepper , give another stir then add in your oyster-constarch mixture , mix thoroughly then toss in some spring onion . Dish up .