Stir-Fried Whelk with Wine Lees is a kind of Fujian cuisine. Fujian style cuisine is known to be light but flavourful, umami, soft, and tender, with particular emphasis on showing off and not masking original flavour of the main ingredients. The techniques employed in the cuisine are complex but the results are ideally refined in taste with no “loud” flavours. Today, we are sharing you a fujian recipe: Stir-Fried Whelk with Wine Lees.

Stir-Fried Whelk with Wine Lees

Stir-Fried Whelk with Wine Lees recipe

* Preparation time: 20 minutes
* Rapid cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients for Stir-Fried Whelk with Wine Lees:

* 1 cup whelks blanched and thinly sliced
* 2 tablespoons Chinese wine lees (紅糟)
* 2 tablespoons Shao-Hsing cooking wine (紹興料酒)
* 1 cup bamboo shoots thinly sliced
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 tablespoon minced garlic
* 1 tablespoon minced ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
* thinly sliced scallion for garnish

Steps to cook Stir-Fried Whelk with Wine Lees

1, You can buy whelk in the shell or already taken out. To get the live mollusk out of the shell you can break it, or put the shell in boiling water for about three minutes, then pull the meat out. Only use the firm white meat. To save time, it is better to choose the whelk that have already taken out.

2, Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in the wok at high heat until just it beginning to smoke. Add the whelk and bamboo shoot slices. Stir-fry for about three minutes, then remove from the wok and set aside for later use.

3, Add the garlic and ginger into the oil that remains in the wok and stir-fry for about two minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the sliced scallions, and put the whelks and bamboo shoots back into the wok. Continue to stir-fry for another three minutes or until all the liquid is evaporated.

4, Plate and garnish with sliced scallions. It is common to line the serving dish with a layer of steamed green vegetable. You may use the sliced green luffa.

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