Oddly, Prishtina does not have a Chinese restaurant anymore. Well not a full-on Chinese restaurant. You can still get some dishes at the Himalayan Gorkha restaurant which functions as a halfway stop between India and China with a few Nepalese specialities added in. But I often crave good Chinese food. Or at least the Chinese takeaways of my native New York. Broccoli with chicken, fish or tofu is a popular stir-fry there and I love it as a base you can make your own.
Luckily, nowadays you can get a variety of spices and sauces to make easy Chinese-style food at home. For this dish you need to find soy sauce and oyster sauce. Oyster sauce-contrary to the name does not contain any fish or meat*. Both sauces can be found in supermarkets like Meridian and Tregu e Gjelber. For this broccoli based dish, I’m doing it in the fastest and easiest way possible. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian you can use this as the base to add more of Kosovo’s winter veg: cauliflower, peppers, tofu, even fruits like mandarins can finish off the dish. If you’re an omnivore you can use chicken or shrimp to finish the dish off.
Takeaway Broccoli stir-fry
2 Fresh Broccoli stems
1 fresh hot pepper (or to taste)
100 grams of chopped fresh ginger (or to taste)
1 medium size onion
4 cloves of garlic (or to taste)
200 ml of Oyster sauce
200 ml of Soy sauce
Red Wine vinegar to taste
Sunflower oil to cook
First put a good glug of sunflower oil into a large pan or wok if you have it. Either way make sure its not a flat pan but one where you can stir the contents. Chop the onion, ginger, pepper, garlic and broccoli. You can place all of this in the pan at once. If you have additional ingredients ad them in to, making sure they are well chopped into small, bite size pieces. Add the Oyster and Soy sauce. Let it reduce. Taste for sweetness and add Red wine vinegar to clarify or sharpen the taste to finish it off.
Serve with rice.
*Correction: Thee are vegetarian versions that contain no fish or meat. Consult tthe ingredient list. The kind we have available in Kosovo is the vegetarian version.