Hot Oil Tester
Many recipes call for "heat up oil" question is how
hot is hot ??
You can feel the heat rediant from the wok. But is it hot enough
If you can see smoke the oil is too hot.
Food will not cook
well if oil is not hot enough or too hot, your food will soak
in oil, and too hot it will burn the food fast and not cook
Here is a simple oil tester, get a pair of unpainted or unfinish
bamboo chop stick. Stick the end of the chop stick in the oil,
if it bubbles rapidly the oil is ready for cooking.
See others authentic Chinese method of
using Chinese Bamboo Chopstick, egg
Do Not Used chop stick that are colored or coated. The hot oil
will burn the color.
If you dont have a chop stick, option used a small piece of
vegetables leaf (caution!! drain leaf if wash, hot oil and water
will splatter) to test the oil. If the leaf fry quickly it ready.
Larger dice for beef, carrot and potatoes are used in stew.
Cutting the dice meat of vegetables same size make cooking evenly.
Chinese cleaver works better because of the broad blade and
can cut more a single stroke. The wehigt of the cleaver also
help to ease cutting hard vegetable like carrot or alike.