How to make Five-Spice Stir-Fry -

The five-spice sauce delicately glazes the vegetables. This is the perfect partner for noodles.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Flavours of the Orient.

Main Ingredients : Five spice Powder (फाइव स्पाइस पावडर), Noodles (नूडल्ज़ )

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Five-Spice Stir-Fry

Five-Spice Stir-Fry Recipe Card


Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine.  To put it in one word it is wholesome.  It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Five-Spice Stir-Fry Recipe

  • Five spice Powder 1 teaspoon

  • Noodles

  • Noodles boiled 200 grams

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 1 tablespoon

  • Orange juice 1 cup

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Garlic chopped 5-6 cloves

  • French beans diagonally sliced 8-10

  • Carrot sliced 1 medium

  • Broccoli 8-10 florets

  • Onion sliced 1 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Soy sauce 1 tablespoon

  • Crushed red chillies 2 teaspoons

  • Five spice powder 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh button mushrooms quartered 7-8

  • Honey 1/2 tablespoon

  • MSG 1/4 teaspoon


Step 1

Mix the cornflour with the orange juice.

Step 2

Heat two tablespoons of oil in a wok. Add the garlic and sauté for half a minute. Add the French beans, carrot and broccoli and stir-fry for two to three minutes.

Step 3

Add the onion, salt, soy sauce, half the crushed red chillies and five-spice powder, and continue to stir-fry for three to four minutes. Add the mushrooms, honey and MSG. Stir in the cornflour-orange juice mixture and cook till thick.

Step 4

Heat the remaining oil in a separate pan. Add the boiled noodles and stir-fry for two minutes. Transfer the noodles to a plate. Pour the sauce over and sprinkle the remaining crushed red chillies on top.

Step 5

Serve hot.

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