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Di San Xian (地三鲜)

Here comes one of my favorite dishes again. I found a type of Chinese green chili in the supermarket the other day. The specialty of this green chili is the skin is thinner than green pepper. It taste crispier, spicier and also a bit sweet. Good choice to make this dish.

1, Cut eggplant, potato and green chilies into small chunks.

2, Heat oil in the pan. More oil will be used in this dish cos potato and eggplant need to be deep fried.

3, Fry potato first, when they turn a bit golden on the edge, add in eggplant. Fry till eggplant turns brownish color.

4, Pour the extra oil out. Add in green chili and onion (optional).

5, Stir fry till aromatic. 

6, Add in 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tsp sugar. Stir fry evenly.

7, Sprinkle in chopped garlic and stir fry a bit.

8, Season with salt. If you want to color to be brighter, you can also use starch solution.


Beef & Celery Stir-fry

This local celery is the very thin type. So I also cut beef into shreds.

1, marinate beef with a little light soy sauce and corn starch.

2, Heat a pan, add in 2 tsp oil. Turn to medium high heat.

3, Drop in the beef shreds and quickly stir fry till no more pinkish.

4, Take beef out and set aside for later use.

5, Add in a little extra oil, sautee 2 cloves chopped garlic till aromatic.

6, Add in chopped celery. Stir fry for 2 mins.

7, Put beef back into the pan. Drizzle in 1/2 tsp light soy sauce.

8, Stir fry evenly.

9, Season with salt and pepper.

Qing Long Cai & Bean Sprouts Stir-fry

I have never had Qing Long Cai before I came to Singapore. It looks like leek, and tastes also like leek. It’s a good match with bean sprout.

  1. Prepare all the vegetables. Wash them clean and drain. Cut Qing Long Cai before stir frying it.
  2. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tsp oil.
  3. Sautee chopped garlic till aromatic.
  4. Add in bean sprout first. Stir fry for 2 mins or till they got half done.
  5. Add in Qing long cai. Stir fry evenly for about 3 mins. Qing long cai will turn darker in color.
  6. Add in 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tsp oyster sauce, 1/2 tsp salt.
  7. Toss evenly and ready to serve.

Vegan Stir-fry (Thin Tofu Sheet & Spinach)

This kind of thin tofu sheet is called Qianzhang (千张)in Chinese. Qianzhang literally means thousands of layers, which quite matches how it looks. I guess it’s not very popular in Singapore, cos when I first cooked it, my husband was very curious what it is. There are so many kinds of tofu products, qianzhang is just one of them.

This dish is vegan. Main ingredients are Qianzhang and spinach. It’s also very simple.

  1. Cut Qianzhang into medium strips. (The original one inside the package is a very big sheet). And separate them by tossing a bit. Also wash the spinach and trim off the root and cut into medium strips.
  2. Prepare chopped ginger and chopped garlic. If you want it to taste a bit spicy, then also prepare 2 dried red chili.
  3. Boil some water. Blanch Qianzhang in hot water for about 1 min. Then soak them in cold water and drain.
  4. Heat a pan, add in 1 tbsp oil. Saute chopped garlic, ginger and red chili first. When spices are aromatic, add Qianzhang in. Stir fry evenly for about 1 min.
  5. Add in spinach strips. Stir fry for another 2 mins or till spinach becomes soft and dark green.
  6. In with 2 tsp light soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar. Quickly stir fry evenly.
  7. Season with salt.

Celery & Bacon Stir-fry

I seldom buy local celery, which is the thin type. But I think this stir-fry is a good way to cook local celery.

  1. Cut celery and bacon into small bits.
  2. Heat a little oil in the pan. Sear bacon bits first.
  3. When bacon turns a little brownish, add in celery. Stir fry for 1 minute.
  4. Drizzle in 1/2 tsp light soy sauce and also add in 1/2 tsp sugar to taste.
  5. If you want it to be a little spicy, you can add in chopped chili.
  6. Quickly stir fry for another 2 minutes.
  7. Season with salt.

Long Bean Stir-fry

I love green and crunchy long beans. And it’s a very simple dish to cook.

  1. Wash long beans clean. Cut into medium strips.
  2. Boil a pot of hot water. Add in 1 pinch salt and several drops of oil. Add long beans in and boil for 4 mins to make sure they are completely cooked. Then soak them in cold water and drain them.
  3. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tsp oil. When oil is hot, saute chopped 2 or 3 cloves of garlic and 1 red chili till aromatic.
  4. Add long beans in. Stir fry for 1 min.
  5. Add in 1/2 tsp light soy sauce and 1/2 tsp oyster sauce. Quickly stir fry evenly.
  6. Season with salt.


You can choose not to add chili if you don’t want it to be spicy at all.

This cooking method can also be used to stir fry lady fingers.

Potato & Sausage Stir-fry

I find only in Chinese recipe will potatoes appear in slices, while in other cuisine, potatoes are usually cooked in chunks or mashed. Potatoes also are cooked often in shreds, and it’s a very very common Chinese family dish, just like scrambled egg with tomatoes.

Sausage I used is the Chinese preserved sausage. We call it La Chang (腊肠).

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut it into thin slices. Also cut sausage into slice.
  2. Fry potato slices. Add oil into a pan. Heat it. Fry potato with medium low heat. When potatoes turn transparent and brownish on the edge, it’s done. Set them aside.
  3.   Add in a little oil in the pan. Saute sausage till sausage becomes curly and slightly brownish.
  4. Add in 2 or 3 cloves chopped garlic. saute til aromatic.
  5. Put in all the potatoes and chopped green chili. Stir fry for a minute.
  6. Add in 1/2 tsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tsp oyster sauce. Stir fry evenly.
  7. Season with salt and garnish with some chopped spring onion.


Bitter gourd, Black Fungus & Pork Stir-fry

Pork better contains a bit fat.

1. Cut pork into slices. Remove the seed of bitter gourd and cut into slices. Soak black fungus in water for 3 mins. Tear into smaller pieces.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the pan. Sear pork first till slightly brownish.

3. Add in a little ginger shreds. Then bittergourd and black fungus.

4. Stir fry for 1 min. Add in 1 tsp cooking wine and 1 tsp light soy sauce. Stir fry evenly for 2-3 mins.

5. Season with salt. And ready to serve.


Quick and easy.

Beef & Onion Stir-fry

I always think beef and onion are good friend, especially in stir-fry.

  1. Prepare beef slices. Put them in a small bowl. Season with a little salt and black pepper. Then add in 1/2 tsp light sou sauce and 1-2 tsp starch. Mix them well.
  2. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tablespoon oil. When oil is heated, add beef into the pan. Quickly separate them to let them not stick to each other.
  3. When beef is no more pinkish, add in onion slices and green chili. Stir fry for 1 minute or 2.
  4. Add in 1 tsp oyster sauce. Stir fry evenly.

Ready to serve. Very simple and quick.

My Favorite Vegetable Stir-fry

How much do I love this Di San Xian? Hmmm……. If I have to choose one my favorite stir-fry dish, it must be the one. But I have to say it’s not very healthy, since it consumes too much oil.

The name Di San Xian (地三鲜)Means 3 fresh vegetables from the earth and which are potato, eggplant and green chili.

  1. Heat a pan, add in 1 tablespoon oil. Prepare 2 medium potatoes and chop into slices or small wedges. Fry potato till cooked or the edge turns brownish.
  2. Potatoes out. Add in some more oil, 2-3 tablespoon maybe. Eggplant can absorb a lot oil. Fry the eggplant ( chop 1 eggplant into medium chunks). Fry them till they get really softened and cooked.
  3. Add potatoes back into the pan. Also add in chopped green chili (You can use bell pepper, but I want to add a little spicy taste to the dish, so I chose green chili). Stir fry for a min or two.
  4. Add in 1/2 tsp light soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar. keep stirring and all vegetables will show shiny and brownish color.
  5. Chop 3 cloves of garlic and add in. Stir fry to release garlic’s flavor.
  6. Season with a little salt. and  glaze with a little starch water.


Even my husband fell in love with this dish and He is a MEAT LOVER!!!