Real Chinese All Purpose Stir Fry Sauce #dinner #asianrecipes

Real Chinese All Purpose Stir Fry Sauce #dinner #asianrecipes

This is my unmistakable advantage for genuinely quick midweek suppers: My Authentic Chinese All Purpose Stir Fry Sauce. It takes minutes to make and can be put away in the ice chest for a considerable length of time. It has a lot of flavor simply utilized plain yet in addition fabulous with additional flavorings included. My Stir Fry Sauce is hair-raising utilized for both pan-sears and pan-seared noodles. This formula is a manager!

These generally useful pan fried food sauces are firmly watched insider facts of cafés – you won't reveal them essentially by googling, that is without a doubt! Today I'm sharing mine. I call him Charlie (as in Charlie Brown… .as in "Dark colored Sauce", which pan fried food sauces are usually alluded to as). Idealized and changed over years, I've been faithful to Charlie for 10 years (and tallying).

The splendid thing about Charlie is that you make him just by joining the fixings in a container, them simply store him in the ice chest where he'll joyfully dwell for a considerable length of time – months even. At that point you just warmth some oil in a wok, toss in whatever proteins, vegetables and noodles you need, at that point toss Charlie in with some water and he'll mystically change into a thick, shiny sauce that deliciously covers your sautéed food. He's incredible plain, however so flexible as well – include heat, herbs, fruity sweetness or some tang. I've given a portion of my preferred varieties in the formula beneath.

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Real Chinese All Purpose Stir Fry Sauce #dinner #asianrecipes


  • 1/4 cup / 65 ml light soy sauce (Note 1)
  • 1/4 cup / 65 ml all purpose soy sauce (I use Kikkoman all purpose, or use more light soy sauce) (Note 1)
  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup / 65 ml Chinese wine (or dry sherry) (Note 5)
  • 1/4 cup / 40 g cornstarch / cornflour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil , toasted
  • 1 - 2 tsp ground white pepper (I sometimes use 1 tbsp, I like the spiciness!)


  1. Combine ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Store in fridge and shake before use.


  1. Stir Fry: I use 3 tbsp Stir Fry Sauce + 6 tbsp water to make a stir frying for 2 people using around 5 cups of uncooked ingredients (proteins + vegetables).
  2. Noodles: I use 3 tbsp of the Stir Fry sauce + 5 - 6 tbsp water to make a noodle stir fry for 2 people using around 7 cups of the combined stir fry uncooked (vegetables - packed, proteins + noodles - if using).
  3. By weight (Noodles & Stir Fry): Around 3 tbsp Stir Fry Sauce per 1 lb / 500g of combined ingredients (proteins + vegetables + noodles if using) plus 1/3 cup water.


  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in wok over high heat.
  2. Add your choice of Base Flavourings - fry for 10 seconds or so to infuse oil.
  3. Add stir fry ingredients in order of time to cook (starting with ingredients that take longest to cook), leaving leafy greens, like the leaves of bok choy, until when you add the sauce (otherwise they will wilt and overcook).
  4. Add noodles (if using), sauce and water, your choice of Additional Flavourings and any leafy greens.
  5. Gently toss to combine and to let the sauce cook for around 1 minute. The sauce will become a thick, glossy sauce that coats your stir fry.
  6. Serve immediately.


  1. Garlic, minced or finely sliced
  2. Ginger, minced or finely sliced
  3. Fresh chillies, minced or finely sliced


  1. Sriracha, Chilli Bean Paste or other Spicy addition
  2. Sweet chilli sauce
  3. Substitute the water with pineapple or orange juice
  4. Rice vinegar - for a touch of tartness
  5. Fresh cilantro / coriander leaves, or thai basil - for freshness
  6. Garlic or ordinary chives, chopped
  7. Pinch of Chinese five spice powder

Recipe Notes:
1. Light soy sauce is lighter in colour that the more common dark soy sauce, but it is actually saltier. The main reason for using light soy sauce in this recipe is so the colour is not as dark. So if you do not have light soy sauce, you can substitute it with normal soy sauce, but the sauce will be darker than it should be, and slightly less salty (but not very noticeable).
I use Lee Kum Kee brand for the light soy sauce and Kikkoman for the ordinary soy sauce. If you don't have all purpose soy sauce, just use more light soy sauce, and same if you don't have light soy sauce i.e. just use more all purpose. 
2. If using dried rather than fresh noodles, add a few extra tablespoons of water. The reason for this is that dried noodles, even after cooking them (usually just by covering them in hot water in a bowl), absorb more liquids than fresh noodles. So you need more liquid to have a saucier finish.
3. To make this sauce vegan, substitute the oyster sauce with hoisin sauce. This gives the sauce a slight Chinese Five Spice Powder flavour which is thoroughly authentic!
4. This will last for weeks and weeks, depending on the expiry date of the ingredients you use. There is nothing in this that will go "off", so just check the expiry date of the ingredients you use in this, at use that as a guide. I usually use mine in about 4 weeks, but it will definitely last longer.
If you have it in the fridge for ages untouched, then you will need a butter knife or something to mix up the cornstarch that will settle and harden in the bottom of the jar.
5. Chinese Cooking Wine (Shaosing / Shaoxing wine) - this plays an important part in giving this sauce depth of flavour so it tastes like the sauce you get at Chinese restaurants. Without it, the sauce will lack "something". It's a cooking wine sold at supermarkets in Australia in the Asian section but much cheaper at Asian stores - here are the bottles I use. It has a very long shelf life - years and years (and it's used in 99% of the Chinese recipes on my site).
Best substitute is dry sherry, followed by Mirin or Japanese cooking sake. If you use Mirin, leave out the sugar in the recipe.
However, for those who cannot have alcohol, apple juice or grape juice is the best substitute. Otherwise, chicken broth/stock, as a second fall back, with 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar + 1/2 tsp sugar.
IMPORTANT: If you use a sub, then the shelf life of the sauce will be determined by the shelf life of what you use as the sub.
6. These quantities make stir fries that are nicely coated with sauce, but without pools of sauce. The stir fry is saucier than the noodles, so it soaks into the rice. With the noodles, the sauce clings to it really well so you don't need pools of sauce. If you want more sauce, increase the amount of Stir Fry Sauce used with double the amount of water e.g. If you add 1 tbsp Stir Fry Sauce, add 2 tbsp water.
7. Nutrition per serving (1 1/2 tbsp used per serving for a stir fry)

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