Fragrant shrimp and vegetable stir-fry
Stir-fried shrimp and tender vegetables combined with a rich and aromatic Chinese sauce.

3 tablespoons oyster sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon five-spice powder
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
16 green beans—ends trimmed, and cut in half
1 red pepper (capsicum)—deseeded and cut into thin strips
2 scallions (spring onions)—thinly sliced on diagonal
2 cups bean sprouts
2 cloves garlic—finely chopped
16 large cooked peeled shrimp (prawns)

Cooked rice, to serve

MIX together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, water, sesame oil, five-spice powder and sugar in a small bowl. HEAT a wok or large skillet over a high heat, add the oil and stir-fry the green beans and red pepper for 4 minutes. ADD the garlic and stir-fry for a minute. ADD the scallions, bean sprouts and cooked shrimp and stir-fry for a minute. ADD the sauce mixture and cook for 1 minute to heat through and combine thoroughly. SERVE with rice.

Variations: Use chicken, squid, scallops or cubed firm tofu in place of shrimp. serve with noodles instead of rice.