Before beginning preparation of any dish read entire
recipe making sure you understand each step and that all ingredients are
The Vegetables should always be fresh for Chinese
Chop and cut all ingredients to uniform size as
indicated. They will cook evenly and have a better appearance.
If meats are partially frozen you will find them
easier to cut.
In recipes calling for chicken stock you can use
canned chicken broth or your own basic stock recipe. Freeze leftover stock in
ice cube tray for future use. One cube equals two tablespoons of broth.
Make sure you do not overcook the vegetables. They
should be heated through but remain crisp and/or firm. As a general rule, when
the color of the vegetable intensifies, proceed to next step in the
Prepare all ingredients, sauces, pastes, thickeners,
etc. in advance. Make sure everything is handy before beginning the cooking
If you crush garlic cloves first, it makes the skin
easier to remove.
Mix cornstarch in cool liquids. This will prevent
lumping and always stir mixture immediately before adding to wok.