Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories by Grace Young, includes recipes like The Simple Stir-Fry; Stir-Fried Squid with Black Bean Sauce; Stir-Fried Lotus Root with Bacon and Vegetables; and Wok-Seared Vegetables.
Serves 2 as a main dish with rice or 4 as part of a multicourse meal.
When Chef Danny Chan taught me this recipe he explained that squid, which can easily become tough when cooked, cannot be marinated before stir-frying because a marinade can give it a chewy texture. Most home cooks stir-fry raw squid, but chefs blanch it first to shorten the stir-frying time. The concern is that if squid is stir-fried even a minute or two too long it becomes overcooked and loses its tenderness. The other benefit of blanching is that you can stir-fry a pound of blanched squid in a 14-inch wok (with raw squid only a half pound can be stir-fried). Once the squid is blanched, be sure to pat it dry with paper towels. If the squid is wet the stir-fry will become a braise.
1. Cut each squid body in half lengthwise. Using a very sharp knife, lightly score the inside of the bodies in a crisscross pattern. Cut the squid into 1-1/2-inch squares and the tentacles into 2-inch pieces.
2. In a 2-quart saucepan bring 1 quart water to a boil covered over high heat. Add the squid and blanch 10 seconds or until the squid turns opaque and curl. Drain well in a colander, shaking out all the excess water. Set the squid on paper towels and blot dry to remove excess moisture. In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon of the broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and dark soy sauce. In another small bowl combine the sesame oil, cornstarch, and the remaining 1 tablespoon broth.
3. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or 12-inch skillet over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in the peanut oil, add the fermented black beans, scallion, and garlic and stir-fry 10 seconds or until the aromatics are fragrant. Add the onions and ginger and stir-fry 1 minute or until the onions just wilt. Add the bell peppers, sprinkle on the salt and pepper, and stir-fry 30 seconds or until the bell pepper begins to soften. Add the rice wine and stir-fry 20 seconds or until just combined. Add the squid and snow peas to the wok, swirl in the soy sauce mixture, and stir-fry 1 minute or until the snow peas are bright green. Restir the cornstarch mixture, swirl it into the wok, and stir-fry 30 seconds or until the squid is just cooked.
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