Chinese-inspired Pita bread stir-fry (炒皮塔饼)

A one-bowl meal that uses leftover pita, Chinese-inspired pita bread stir-fry involves simple preparation and minimum washing-up. A fun dish to try!

You may have stuffed pita bread with a stir-fry, but this recipe shows you how to stir fry pita itself! Chinese-inspired pita bread stir-fry is a fun dish to try!

I love well-tested recipes of classic dishes, but sometimes it’s the improvised dishes which make my time in the kitchen exciting. As I mentioned in the post on Egg fried rice noodles, I enjoy using whatever ingredients are available and some common sense to create new recipes. Today, I’d like to share an improvised dish made of leftovers: Chinese-inspired pita bread stir-fry.

Yes! I mean pita bread stir-fry, or more precisely, stir fried pita bread strips with bacon and vegetables. You might have seen many recipes on how to stuff pita bread with stir fried meat and/or vegetables. But I bet you’ve never dreamed of stir frying pita bread itself. Do you find it strange? Don’t worry! It’s possible, and what’s more, it’s super tasty!

You may have stuffed pita bread with a stir-fry, but this recipe shows you how to stir fry pita itself! Chinese-inspired pita bread stir-fry is a fun dish to try!

The other day I had some leftover pita bread which was a bit dry. I didn’t fancy having it the same way as the day before, but I hate wasting food. Suddenly I had a brainwave: Why not make Chao Bing with it? Very popular in Northern Chinese households, Chao Bing (炒饼) is a stir-fry dish containing julienned flatbread (unleavened), vegetables and meat (optional). I thought Pita bread would be a great substitute.

My culinary fans in our Red House never had Chao Bing before. They couldn’t figure out what this strange bread-like ingredient was. It’s a total make-over for pita bread: cut into thin strips, fried to a soft texture, soaked with various Chinese seasoning and accompanied by bacon and vegetables. Anyway, everyone enjoyed this “strange” dish and asked me to save it to my weekday dinner recipe collection.

You may have stuffed pita bread with a stir-fry, but this recipe shows you how to stir fry pita itself! Chinese-inspired pita bread stir-fry is a fun dish to try!

My pita bread stir-fry is a “one-bowl” complete meal that involves simple preparation and minimum washing-up (even easier than stir fried noodles / rice in which you need to boil the noodles/rice beforehand). You simply cut everything on a chopping board then stir fry them in a wok (or a deep frying pan). That’s all! This healthy, tasty and fuss free meal can be served to your dinning table within 15 minutes.

Another bonus: you can be very flexible with the ingredients.

  1. Skip bacon or replace it with eggs to make the dish vegetarian.
  2. Choose whatever vegetables that you fancy. Make the dish interesting by matching different colours and textures, such as asparagus, carrots, celery, beansprouts, Chinese cabbage, spinach, radish, etc.
  3. If you are in a hurry or just don’t fancy chopping, consider using ready to cook mixed vegetables from the supermarket (especially those ones for stir-fry).

You may have stuffed pita bread with a stir-fry, but this recipe shows you how to stir fry pita itself! Chinese-inspired pita bread stir-fry is a fun dish to try!

Chinese-inspired Pita bread stir-fry (炒皮塔饼)
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 2 persons

Chinese-inspired Pita bread stir-fry (炒皮塔饼)

A one-bowl meal that uses leftover pita, Chinese-inspired pita bread stir-fry involves simple preparation and minimum washing-up. A fun dish to try!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 slices bacon (about 100g / 3.5oz), cut into strips
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 8 mushrooms, sliced
  • 3-4 Pita bread, cut into strips
  • A big handful curly kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons black rice vinegar
  • A pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • homemade chilli oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fry onion in hot oil on a high heat until it's fragrant,  stir in bacon and cook until it becomes pale.
  2. Put in red pepper, mushroom, pita bread strips and kale. Stir well then turn the heat down to medium.
  3. Add spring onion, garlic, light soy sauce and black rice vinegar, stir constantly until pita bread becomes soft.
  4. Turn off the heat, sprinkle salt and sesame oil. Add some homemade chilli oil if you fancy it hot. Give everything another thorough stir before serving.

Notes

1. Make it vegetarian: You can either skip bacon or replace bacon with eggs (see how to cook Chinese scrambled egg in the post on Tomato and egg stir-fry).

2. Use other vegetables: For better results, use vegetables of different colours and texture. If you choose vegetables that take a short time to cook, add them at the end. For example, spinach is much easier to cook than kale.

3. If you are in a hurry: consider using ready to cook mixed vegetables from the supermarket (especially those ones for stir-fry).

4. Cook for more: This recipe is for 2 persons. If you are cooking for more than two, ideally you need to do it in batches unless you have a very large wok and a powerful gas hob to keep the heat high enough for the large volume of ingredients.

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I hope my post will convince you to give pita bread a new life. And I’d like to hear from you: what Chinese-inspired recipes have you tried?

Happy cooking!

An enthusiastic cook with a Chinese palate and a global mindset.

More fuss free one-bowl meals on the blog:

You may have stuffed pita bread with a stir-fry, but this recipe shows you how to stir fry pita itself! Chinese-inspired pita bread stir-fry is a fun dish to try!

You may have stuffed pita bread with a stir-fry, but this recipe shows you how to stir fry pita itself! Chinese-inspired pita bread stir-fry is a fun dish to try!

More fuss free one-pan meal recipes:

Egg fried rice noodles (鸡蛋炒米粉)

Chinese soy sauce rice pilaf (酱油炒饭)

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