Chao Dou Ya (Stir Fried Bean Sprouts)
Chao Dou Ya is not only an example of how elegantly simple Chinese vegetable dishes can be, but also how healthy. No less a health guru than Dr. Weil gives us a recipe for Stir fried bean sprouts, which you can reference at: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/RCP00222 It is surprisingly similar to this...
Nowhere is the Chinese penchant for freshness and texture better demonstrated than in Chao Dou Ya. Many people in the west, seldom experiencing sprouted mung beans as anything other than glutinous filler in Chinese American versions of “Chow Mein,” will hardly recognize the vegetable when prepared in this minimal way. Bean sprouts have an astonishingly sweet, succulent and distinctive flavor. In the method below, the addition of yellow onion contributes a highly complimentary flavor to the sprouts.
- 16 oz Bean sprouts (fresh mung bean sprouts)
- 2 Tab shredded mild or sweet red pepper
- 1 Green onion, white and green portions shredded separately
- 1/4 medium yellow onion, slivered into quarter inch wedges
- Salt to taste (Approximately 2 –3 pinches of kosher salt is excellent)
- Peanut oil
- Sesame oil