Basic Chinese Sauce

Here’s a go-to sauce for veggie stir-fries. I recommend putting it together before you start the stir-fry, then adding it once the vegetables are just done. Start your stir-fry with some minced garlic for added depth of flavor, which will meld nicely with this sauce in the finished stir-fry.

Makes: About 2 cups

  • 1 cup vegetable stock (preferably) or water
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, more or less to taste
  • 2 tablespoons dry cooking sherry, optional
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh or jarred ginger, more or less to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot

Combine all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk together.

Dissolve the cornstarch in just enough water to make it smooth and pourable. Whisk together with the other ingredients. When your stir-fry is just about done, pour in this sauce and it will thicken up quickly, assuming the stir-fry pan or wok is on fairly high heat.

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