This is one of our favorite quick stir-fries: Chinese-American comfort fare that comes together in about 15 minutes. Start a pot of rice, then start this recipe, and your stir-fry will be ready just as the timer dings for the rice.
Chinese sausage provides a great foundation of flavor here — it’s salty, sweet and full of umami. The sugar snap peas provide brightness and crunch. Add a few aromatics (onion, garlic and ginger) and a drizzle of basic seasonings (soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil) and you’re set.
You can find Chinese sausage, or lop cheung, at any Asian grocery store. It keeps for up to several months in the refrigerator or freezer, and makes a great addition to fried rice, too.
Sugar Snap Pea and Chinese Sausage Stir-Fry
Serves 3 to 4
1 to 2 tablespoons oil
½ medium onion, cut into thin slices (about ½ cup)
2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)
2 teaspoons minced ginger
3 or 4 links lop cheung (Chinese sausage), about 6 ounces, sliced thinly on the diagonal
1 pound sugar snap peas
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Add oil to a wok or saute pan and heat over medium heat. When pan is hot, add the onion and stir-fry until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and ginger and continue stir-frying until aromatic, about 30 seconds. If the mixture sticks to the bottom of the pan at any time, add a tablespoon of water and loosen using a wooden spoon.
Add the sliced Chinese sausage. Stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes until the sausage is warmed through and some of the fat has begun to render. (If desired, you can pour off any fat that has accumulated on the bottom of the pan before continuing.)
- Add the sugar snap peas and stir-fry until they turn bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Drizzle with the soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil, and stir once more to combine. Serve immediately with hot rice.
San Francisco food writers Stacie Dong and Simran Singh’s blog, A Little Yumminess (www.alittleyum.com), focuses on family food adventures and recipes with global flavors.
Quick Cook: Sugar Snap Pea and Chinese Sausage Stir Fry