Stir Things Up

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By jwblackwell



9 Questions

What is stir frying?

Which dynasty is credited with shaping the modern form of stir frying?

What is the primary difference between the chao and bao techniques of stir frying?

Who coined the term 'stir-fry'?

What is the reason for stir frying being promoted as a healthy and nutritious method of cooking?

What is the downside of stir-frying meat at very high temperatures?

What is the term used for stir-frying in the preparation of some Chinese herbal medicines?

What is the principle behind stir frying in vinegar?

What is the difference between stir frying and sautéing in Western cooking?


Stir frying is a Chinese cooking technique that involves frying ingredients in a small amount of hot oil while being stirred in a wok. The technique originated in China and has spread to other parts of Asia and the West. Scholars suggest that the technique was used as early as the Han dynasty for drying grain, but it was not until the Ming dynasty that it took its modern shape. The technique is similar to sautéing in Western cooking. The term "stir-fry" was coined in 1945 by Yuen Ren Chao in Buwei Yang Chao's book How to Cook and Eat in Chinese. Stir frying spread from Chinese family and restaurant kitchens to general use in the West. There are two primary techniques for stir-frying: chao and bao. The chao technique is similar to sautéing, while bao involves stir-frying on high heat with minimal seasoning to highlight natural tastes. Stir frying has been promoted as a healthy and nutritious method of cooking, as it retains color, texture, and nutritional value. However, recent studies show that stir-frying meat at very high temperatures may cause DNA changes that contribute to an increased risk of cancer. The process of stir-frying is used in the preparation of some Chinese herbal medicines under the term 'dry-frying.' Stir frying in vinegar is typically used whenever one wants to direct the properties of an herb more to the liver based on the principle that the sour taste belongs to the liver.


"Are you a stir-fry expert? Test your knowledge on this popular Chinese cooking technique with our quiz! From the origins of stir-frying to the different techniques used, this quiz will challenge your understanding of this flavorful and healthy cooking method. Get ready to stir things up as you learn about the do's and don'ts of stir-frying, as well as tips and tricks to make your stir-fry dishes stand out. Don't miss out on this opportunity to become a stir-fry

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