I have a sort of cooking club in my apartment. Occasionally I have students over to teach me how to make Chinese food, or I teach them how to make western food. One of my students, Erika, often cooks with her dad. She offered to show me how to make 3 common dishes: qīngjiāo ròu sī, fānqié jīdàn (called xīhóngshì jīdàn in the north), and mápó dòufu. Erika is great in the kitchen, and taught me to get over my fear of cleavers (I’m clumsy; but no cuts yet *knock on wood*) Qīngjiāo ròu sī is essentially strips of meat (in this case, chicken) with chopped up spicy peppers. It’s a pretty standard gài fàn (over rice) or chǎocài (dish only) meal.
The Recipe (serves 4)
What you need:
- 1-2 chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 3-4 tbsp soy sauce
- Peanut oil for frying
- 1-2 spicy green peppers, cut into thin strips
What to do:
- Mix soy sauce and sesame oil with chicken, let marinate 10-20 minutes
- Fry chicken in peanut oil until it’s halfway cooked
- Add peppers and cook until chicken is fully cooked and peppers are crispy
- Serve and enjoy!
Qing Jiao Rou Si (青椒肉丝)