Spice Up The Flavor Of World Cuisine With Stir-frying

83 market street 300I grew up eating stir-fried dishes in a traditional Chinese family. My mother is a typical Chinese housewife who cooked authentic Cantonese food. In my mind, stir-frying, boiling and steaming is the whole world of cooking. It was not until after I started working in a restaurant that I realized there are so many different styles of cooking apart from stir-fried I was familiar with.

Twelve years ago, I made a major career shift- from a trained pharmacist to an F&B entrepreneur. Those were the tough days for me as a novice cook without formal training. I frantically looked for inspiration and recipes for the newly launched cafe and absorbed as much culinary knowledge as I could in a very short time.

Stir fry vegeables crop 300Along the way, I discovered my mother's favorite cooking style- stir-frying is prevalent in the Chinese community and deeply amalgamated into the culinary culture of many Asian countries. I am fascinated by the stir-fried dishes adorned with local ingredients such as fish sauce, bird's eye chili, tamarind, lemongrass, sambal, and mirin. These are just the tip of the iceberg of the fascinating list of exotic ingredients unconventional to Chinese cooking. A year ago, I started following food bloggers' posts around the world, looking for ideas and inspiration to create some special stir-fried dishes, and was surprised to find out that stir-frying has permeated into the culinary art of every corner of the world. The deeper I dug, the more I discovered the diversity of stir-frying and the creativity of using local ingredients in local cooking styles. The concept of fusion food that the modern chefs intend to create has indeed been invented and evolved naturally through the migration of the Chinese and the assimilation with the local culinary culture.

BGS-stir-fry-beef-dish-250The following is a compilation of various stir-fried recipes from different countries. This is not an exhaustive list, but I have included the most iconic ones. You may be familiar with some, and find some unexpected gems in others.

I am delighted that the humble stir-fried dish from my mother's kitchen has spread beyond Asia. This can be seen in the example of ‘stir-fried pizza’ that has nothing to do with Chinese cooking, but the Italian cuisine.

Stir-fried In Asian Countries

The Chinese who live in the Asian countries have incorporated local ingredients to create spectacular stir-fry culinary wonders. Hot sauces and spicy herbs, preserved vegetables, and fermented shrimp paste have turned the Chinese stir fry into an extraordinary ethnic cuisine.

flag MalaysiaSpicy Chicken Stir-fry (Ayam Paprik)

"The word paprik is derived from Thai words “Pad Prik.” I asked my friend She Simmers who is a Thai linguist/food blogger and she told me that “pad” means “fry” and “prik” means “chili.” So this is my spicy chicken stir-fry recipe, or ayam paprik, a very popular and well-loved dish in Malaysia.- Rasa Malaysia"

Vegetable Jalfrezi | Indian Style Stir Fryflag india

"Contradictory to the common perception, Indian food is not all curry. As a matter of fact, most dishes do not even include what you call the “curry powder”.- Yummily Yours "

flag nepalChicken Bhutuwa

"Garlic and chicken are two tags used to describe Chicken Bhutuwa (Classic Nepali Stir-Fried Chicken)- Big Oven"

flag vietnamVietnamese Pork Stir Fried with Garlic, Chilies and Lime

"Don’t let the lack of a syrupy sauce fool you….this quick stir-fry is bursting with flavor!    Try it over rice or noodles, wrap it up in lettuce leaves or rice paper, or use as a topping for an Asian salad with fresh greens and cucumbers- The Right Recipe"

flag cambodiaTraditional: Cha Kroeung Sach Moun – Stir-fried Chicken with Cambodian Aromatic Paste

"Cha Kroeung Sach Moun or Stir-fried chicken with Cambodian aromatic paste .... I adore this dish for one simple reason, it’s EASY! I can’t stress enough how easy it is to make a big batch of kroeung, and store it in the freezer- Refugee Kitchen"

Flag IndonesiaNasi Goreng Jawa

"This Nasi Goreng Jawa (Javanese fried rice) recipe is commonly used for Indonesian. They usually make the fried rice without any meat and serve it with omelette or fried egg (or we call it Telur Mata Sapi), fried chicken and prawn cracker (krupuk udang)- Tasty Indonesian Food"

flag Korea

Delicious! Dak Galbi (Spicy Korean Chicken)

"My favourite meal, Dak Galbi (닭갈비) is one of the most popular foods that people are searching for on this blog.........  So since Dakgalbi is so popular amongst you and me, I thought I will do another post about it, but give it a more decent taste and mouth watering pictures.- My Korean Kitchen"

flag KoreaJeyuk Bokkeum (Korean Spicy Pork Stir-Fry)

"Just want to note that my version of Jeyuk bokkeum contains lots of vegetables along with rice cakes. You can also make a minimalist version of this with onion and carrots as your only vegetables.- My Korean Kitchen"

flag LaoKhua Seen: Lao Beef Stir-fry

"Laotian stir-fry is different from traditional stir fry which it’s more ‘watery’ Okay, watery isn’t the best way to describe stir fry but it definitely has more juice. Instead of soy sauce, this stir fry version features oyster flavored sauce, a  major player in many Laotian dishes- Laotian Commotion"

flag Taiwan

Fried Chicken Steak 大雞排 Taiwanese Style

"Fried Chicken Steak 大雞排 Taiwanese Style is a popular Taiwanese Street Food, it’s pronounced. Most often it is served with rice or french fries. And a particular kind of salt & pepper powder is always sprinkled upon the freshly fried pieces.- Taiwan Duck"

flag TibetThe Dalai Lama’s Momos

"These momos, or dumplings, are a traditional Tibetan favorite. This recipe comes from Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama- Asian Recipe"

flag JapanYasai Itame (Stir-fried Vegetables) Recipe

"Yasai Itame, Stir-fried Vegetables, is a common home cooking dish...... Yes, Yasai Itame is left-over vegetable hodgepodge food (a lot of the time anyway).- Japanese Cooking 101"

flag SingaporeSingapore-Style Rice Vermicelli (星洲炒米)

"I don’t just like this dish, I LOVE this dish! In a way, Singapore style rice vermicelli (星洲炒米) (Singapore rice noodles or Singapore Mei Fun) is part of the identity of Hong Kong cuisine. It’s a dish that every Hong Konger is familiar with growing up along with other east-meets-west fusion fairs that you can find in a Cha Chaan Teng.- Saucy Spatula"

flag Philippines

Cashew Chicken Recipe

"This Cashew Chicken Recipe is a version of the original Oriental dish tailored to fit the Filipino Palate. Thinly sliced chicken breast is coated with egg and cornstarch then stir fried until crispy and golden brown. An array of colors brought about by the different vegetables makes this dish more appealing. Let’s not forget the roasted cashew nuts that adds flavor and texture to the dish.- Panlasang Pinoy"

flag MongoliaMongolian Beef

"Mongolian Beef.  Succulent.  Tender.  Full of flavor.  Though neither the ingredients nor the method of cooking is Mongolian, the name is widely known and the dish is served throughout much of the Western world and in virtually every Chinese restaurant- Daring Gourmet"

Myanmar flagBurmese Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

"This shrimp and asparagus stir-fry,  flavored with shallots, turmeric, and cayenne, can be thrown together in less  than 20 minutes.  Perfect for those in a hurry.  And because you only need one skillet to cook everything- Girl Cooks World"

flag KazakhstanKazakh Noodles with Laghman Sauce

"Now the terms laghman means noodles with stir-fried lamb and vegetables. Laghman is one of the provinces in Afghanistan ......This Kazakh noodles really go well with the laghman sauce. The noodles are actually pulled by hands. In Chinese, we called it “La Mien”- What To Cook Today"

Stir-fried In Europe & America

Western-Chinese dishes often include ingredients rarely used in mainland China. For example, broccoli is the substitute for the Chinese vegetable gai-lan in western gastronomy. There American have also invented new dishes such as chop suey.

flag ItalianPizza Stir-fry

"I have been getting crushed with people asking me to give this recipe out....This thing was easy. It gives you that "pizza fix" without all the bad crust- Mealfit"

 

flag Great BritainGB's Irish Stir-fry

Source: The Stone Soup Diaries

 

flag ItalianItalian Style Stir-fry

"I always keep precooked chicken sausages for a quick throw together recipes just like this one. Serve this Italian-inspired stir-fry over brown rice or orzo for a healthy easy weeknight meal- Aggie’s Kitchen"

 

flag HungarianHungarian Spiced Stir-fry Bean Curd and Vegetables

Source: Pine View Farm

 

flag IrishHealthy Irish Stir-fried Recipe

"Looking for an easy healthy Irish stir-fried recipe? Learn how to make Healthy Irish stir-fry using healthy ingredients- Calorie Count"

 

flag GermanySalmon with Sauerkraut and Green Cabbage Stir-fry

"Fish and sauerkraut is a popular combination in Germany, particularly using the freshwater river and lake fish. For a lighter sauerkraut flavor, look for Weinkraut which is steeped in white wine. It is very tasty stir-fried with shredded fresh cabbage- GermanFoods.org"

 

flag RomaniaStir-fry Pork with Noodles

"We don’t normally buy pork but the other week we bought a big piece to roast. There was a lot left, so I cooked this stir-fry with anything I could find in my kitchen- Romanian Mum Blog"

 

flag AmericanAn All-American Stir-fry

"These stir-fries were my family’s definition, and they definitely were tasty- Amy's Healthy Baking"

 

flag GreekGreek-style Chicken & Chickpea Stir-fry

Source: Fay's Homemade Recipes

 

flag PortugueseRecipe of the Day: Chicken & Peppers Stir-fry (Frango Com Pimentos)

"This is a very popular and traditional Portuguese dish that is enjoyed with hearty and healthy ingredients. Combining any recipe with peppers is one of the best ways to craft a Portuguese style dish with bursting flavor- Easy Portuguese Recipes"

Stir-fried In Rest Of The World

Some less known regions to the Chinese community have reinvented classic Chinese dishes by using exotic spices such as cumin, mustard seeds, and fennel. Some have even taken on a spicier touch with curry. Uncover the hidden gems here with a delightful surprise.

flag LeboneseLebanese curly endive stir-fry with lemon Hindbeh bi zeit

"When friends taste this dish at my place for the first time they are surprised that it tastes so good.  Appearances are so deceiving! This is peasant food at its best- Poem & Dish"

 

flag MorocanMoroccan Stir-fry

"I used a lot of “C” spices; cinnamon, cayenne, coriander and cumin with a few additional ones thrown in.  The results were different and delicious- Frugal Antics Of A Harried Homemaker"

 

flag albanianTeriyaki chicken with leek and pepper stir-fry

"Chicken thighs are more flavorful than breasts and a lot cheaper, perfect if you’re solo cooking on a budget- Albanian-Food"

 

flag BoliviaStir-Fry

Source: Bolivian Food

 

flag BrazilChicken and Vegetables Stir-Fry (Brazilian)

"May I share one more “Brazilianized” recipe with you guys? .....This is a version of the Kung Pao Chicken, a typical Chinese spicy stir-fry dish made with chicken, vegetables, peanuts and chili peppers- Olivia’s Cuisine"

 

flag GhanaSpicy Stir Fry Ginger Garlic Chicken

Source: Oh Mercy!

 

flag CubaVaca Frita (Cuban beef stir fry)

"Vaca frita is a traditional Cuban shredded beef stir fry. The name literally means “fried cow”. It is similar to “Ropa Vieja” minus the tomato sauce. This dish is tangy, juicy and crispy- Edible Harmony"

 

flag EgyptEgyptian Mashi Cosa (Stuffed Squash) With Chicken Vegetable Stir Fry

Source: Allthecooks

 

flag EthopiaEthiopian Cabbage, Potato and Carrot Stir-Fry

"If you glanced over the word Ethiopian in the title of this dish and had only read the recipe, you probably would have thought it was an Indian dish.  And that would have been a pretty good guess.  Ethiopian cuisine is highly influenced by Indian spices and flavors and this dish definitely....- Girl Cooks World"

 

Flag JanaicaCabbage And Chicken Stir-fry

Source: Jamaican Dinners

 

flag FijiChicken Stir Fry – in the making

Source: Spice Side Up (Fiji)

 

flag MauritiousMauritian style stir fried noodles

"When I have a craving for good stir fried noodles, I make my own noodles using eggs and flour and my pasta hand machine. I like the taste much better. Fresh with just the right texture, it cannot be beaten. However, since it's something we cannot afford to do, store bought egg noodles work just as fine. Make sure you follow the instruction for boiling before proceeding- Cannelle et Cardamome"

 

flag KenyaWali wa Kukaanga - Kenyan Fried Rice

Source: All Kenyan Recipes

 

flag LebanonLebanese curly endive stir fry with lemon, Hindbeh bi zeit

"When friends taste this dish at my place for the first time they are surprised that it tastes so good, appearences are so deceptive. This is peasant food at its best. - Poem And Dish"

 

flag HaitiHaitian Pate (beef patties)

Source: Haitian Recipes

 

Share Your Recipes With Me

a-food-enthusiast- roundI am continuously searching for more stir-fried recipes around the world and expand the recipe collection. I will be most happy to add your recipe into this compilation if you have a good recipe with the unique flavor of your country, I will certainly link back to your website or blog and give you full credit.

Feel free to improvise, tweak and inject some flavor of the cuisine of the country your are living in. Meanwhile enjoy cooking and let the flame of stir-frying soar high.

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5 Comments

  • Mhmmm all of these look so delicious! I LOVE stir-frys and am so happy to have all these different recipes in one place!

    • kwankp

      Reply Reply October 1, 2015

      Hi Christine,

      Happy to know that you love the recipes. I didn’t know there are so many different ways to stir-fry too until I wrote this article.
      Thanks for dropping by.

      KP Kwan

  • Awesome article KP! Thank you so much for including my recipe!

    • kwankp

      Reply Reply October 24, 2015

      Thank you Bren. Glad to know you like it. Keep in touch 🙂

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