Eight Treasures Stir Fry

13:54' 16-08-2017
“Eight Treasures” stir fried vegetables with meat, called in Chinese Ba Bao La Jiang, is a popular dish famous in Shanghai. It can be served with either rice or noodles.


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    It takes its name from the eight main ingredients. Two of the “Treasures” are pork and doufu (tofu). The other six are mushrooms, snow peas, water chestnuts, baby corn, chilli and peanuts.       


    • 1 kg doufu
    • 250 gm of pork tenderloin
    • 1/2 cup dried black mushrooms
    • 1/2 cup snow peas
    • 1/2 cup water chestnuts
    • 1/2 cup baby corn
    • 1 large chilli
    • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts


    • 2 tsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp rice wine
    • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
    • 1/2 tsp cornflour
    • Peanut oil
    • 1-2 tsp Asian chilli paste


    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp black bean & garlic paste
    • 2 Tbsp water
    • 2 Tbsp sugar


    • Soak the mushrooms in hot water, then shred them.
    • Peel the strings from the snow peas, and cut the water chestnuts and baby corn in half.
    • Mix the marinade ingredients.
    • Cut the pork into strips 2 inches long and half an inch wide. Place the pork strips in the marinade.
    • Cut the doufu into 1-inch squares.
    • Heat a wok or frying pan to a high heat.
    • Add 2 Tbsp peanut oil. Stir fry the pork until it is cooked. Remove it and keep it warm.
    • Heat another 2 Tbsp peanut oil, stir fry the chilli paste for a minute, then add the sauce ingredients.
    • Heat until it starts to boil, then add all the “Treasures” except for the peanuts.
    • Heat this through for about three minutes, or long enough to cook the vegetables, then add the peanuts.

    If the mixture is not thick enough, add a mixture of equal parts cornflour and water.

    Liu W


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Keywords: ba bao la jiangriceshanghai

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