Chinese aromatics

Chinese aromatics is equivalent to the French mirepoix which is the flavor base to all dishes. The Chinese aromatics consist of garlic, ginger and scallions which are very aromatic (pleasant smelling) when fried in oil. The scallions can be substituted with shallots and leeks for a different flavor profile.

Besides providing aroma and flavor, garlic and ginger also provide many health benefits.

In Chinese restaurants,  somewhat large pieces of sliced garlic, ginger and scallions can be found in the dish.  This can be good or bad for the eater who doesn't like these aromatics.  They can easily pick it out from the dish or they end up with a big mouthful of an unpleasant aromatic!

I prefer to chop my aromatics fine which not only intensifies the flavor, but also makes the aromatic indistinguishable in the dish.  The only challenge to cooking with this somewhat finely chopped aromatic is that it tends to brown or burn quickly so it needs to be added to the hot oil just before adding the next ingredient to immediately reduce the oil temperature.

Tips for making Chinese aromatics.

When making Chinese aromatics, I make enough that will last me about a month and store the combined mixture, with some cooking, in the refrigerator.  This makes it easy and efficient to spoon out the needed quantity whenever I need these aromatics.

label aromatics

Label and date container to ensure timely consumption.

As mentioned earlier, these aromatics tend to brown and caramelize quickly so time is of the essence when stir frying.  Have your meat or vegetables ready that will be immediately added to the wok / pan after adding the aromatics to the hot oil.  This will result in reducing the oil temperature a little, preventing the aromatics from burning.

Blended Chinese aromatics

Chinese aromatics blended with oil

Blended Chinese aromatics

CHINESE AROMATICS

Michelle Sam
Chopped garlic, ginger and scallions used for all stir frying dishes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Accompaniments
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 5 meals
Calories 105 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bulb fresh garlic
  • 2 inch fresh ginger
  • 4 stalks chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup cooking oil

Instructions
 

  • Peel garlic.
    1 bulb fresh garlic
  • Peel and large chop ginger.
    2 inch fresh ginger
  • Add to a personal chopper and chop until fine pieces.
  • Place in a sealable container.
  • Add chopped scallions.
    4 stalks chopped scallions
  • Add oil. Store in refrigerator until needed. Will last for 1 month in refrigerator.
    ¼ cup cooking oil

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Nutrition

Serving: 5mealsCalories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 96IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mgNet Carbohydrates: 1g
Keyword Aromatics, Cantonese Stir Fry sauce
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