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Secrets from the Banana Tree Kitchen – Simple Weeknight Stir-Fry

Weeknight dinners are often rushed affairs – whether you’re fending for yourself or feeding a family, a long day at work can make cooking a meal feel like a chore. On those nights when you simply cannot be asked to even step foot in the kitchen, the chefs at Banana Tree have you covered. We’ll cook you up a deliciously authentic Indochinese meal while you kick back and relax (and maybe sip on a cocktail or two). Looking to grab-and-go? Try our Click-and-Collect services and you’ll be enjoying an Indochinese feast from the comfort of your own home in no time.  

But on the nights when you have just enough energy to throw something together quickly, stir-fry is always an excellent option. Heat some oil in a wok or a frying pan, toss in some vegetables, coat it all in a sauce of your choice and you’ll have a meal on the table in minutes. It’s the perfect dish for using up whatever is hanging out in your fridge, and you can adjust the seasoning according to your tastes.

Still not convinced? Perhaps you’re scarred from your mum’s less-than-appetising take on stir-fry that consisted mostly of canned veg cooked into a weird mush or the time you ordered takeaway stir-fry from that Malaysian restaurant and ended up with a few sad slices of beef in a watery soya sauce. Never fear – Banana Tree’s boldly flavoured stir-fries will make you fall in love with this dish, whatever’s put you off in the past.

We’re obsessed with finding the best combinations of Indochinese ingredients and cooking them to perfection. The Chilli, Ginger and Basil Stir-Fry on our menu has broccoli, baby corn, peppers, cloud ear mushrooms, red onions and bamboo shoots in a savoury, moreish yellow bean sauce, and our Lemongrass, Turmeric and Cashew Stir-Fry combines aromatic lemongrass with coriander, turmeric, cashews, peppers and lots of veg for a healthy dinner. Plus, we offer each of our stir-fries with your choice of chicken, tofu, beef or prawns, so you can satisfy all your cravings.

We love our stir-fry recipes so much, we’re letting you in on how to make a simplified version at home. Check out this delicious stir-fry recipe, inspired by the Banana Tree kitchen!

Chilli, Ginger and Basil Stir-Fry with Chicken

Serves 4

For the sauce

3 tbsp. yellow bean sauce (available at Asian food shops)

1 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. rice vinegar

1 tbsp. soya sauce

1 tsp. sesame oil

For the stir-fry

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 chicken breasts, cubed

1 red onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

4cm piece of ginger, peeled and minced

1 red chilli, minced

1 head of broccoli, trimmed into florets

300g mushrooms, sliced

8 baby corn

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

Rice or noodles, for serving

Chopped Thai basil, for garnish

Make the sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients. Set aside.

Make the stir-fry

Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the chicken and stir-fry until golden on the outside and cooked through. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli and cook until fragrant, about a minute, then add the broccoli, mushrooms, baby corn and red bell pepper. Continue to cook, constantly stirring and tossing, until vegetables are just cooked through but retain their crunch. Stir in the sauce, adding some water if it needs more liquid, then remove from the heat. Serve over rice or noodles and garnish with Thai basil.

Stir-fry is a powerhouse Indochinese dish that’ll have your entire family excited for dinner. Of course, if we’ve got you longing for stir-fry but you can’t bring yourself to shop, cook and clean, just come on in to Banana Tree and we’ll do the whole thing for you!