1 chilli padi
40 to 50 raisins
1 bunch of vegetables of choice, in the picture, it is Taiwanese Dou Miao
1 tablespoon oil of choice
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup water, or soup stock
Salt to taste
Heat 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil (or enough to coat the bottom of the pan) on a pan in low-medium heat
Add chilli padi and let it sit for 30 second until it softens slightly
Add raisins and let it sit for 30 seconds until it plumps slightly. Stir the raisins and chilli padi if they are starting to get burnt
Add vegetables of choice. Be careful as it might splatter. Stir fry it for 30 seconds
Add the lemon juice, water or soup stock and salt
Stir fry till vegetables look cooked, this usually takes around 2-4 minutes depending on vegetables of choice
Serve by stacking the vegetables in a tree-like shaped and pour the gravy around the “tree”
I think it looks like a Christmas tree, hence the name Oriental Christmas. You can get creative with the ornaments, us orange, bell pepper, apple, carrot, anything, as long as there is a contrast. I love to mix up my veggies and fruit and they never turn out too bad. So don’t be afraid to be bold and creative.
I love sour taste and am a huge lemon fan. So if you are not, feel free to reduce the amount of lemon juice or substitute it with any sauce of your choice. Chinese cooking is easy, just cook the vegetables and add any sauce that you like.
For more aroma, add garlic or onions. I’m just too lazy to chop so much vegetables and I could make do with the taste of the vegetables itself.