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!
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!
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.
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.
- Skip bacon or replace it with eggs to make the dish vegetarian.
- 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.
- 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).
Chinese-inspired Pita bread stir-fry (炒皮塔饼)
- 1½ tbsp cooking oil
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 slices bacon, cut into strips, about 100g/3.5oz
- ¼ red bell pepper, sliced
- 8 mushrooms, sliced
- 3 pita bread, cut into strips
- 1 handful curly kale, roughly chopped
- 1 stalk scallions, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp light soy sauce
- 2 tsp black rice vinegar
- A pinch salt
- ½ tsp sesame oil
- homemade chilli oil, to taste
- Fry onion in hot oil on a high heat until it's fragrant, stir in bacon and cook until it becomes pale.
- Put in red pepper, mushroom, pita bread strips and kale. Stir well then turn the heat down to medium.
- Add spring onion, garlic, light soy sauce and black rice vinegar, stir constantly until pita bread becomes soft.
- Turn off the heat, add salt, sesame oil & chilli oil. Give everything a quick stir then serve.
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?