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My secret weapon for mid week meals - an All Purposes Chinese Stir Fry Sauce, a versatile base that makes a wonderfully glossy sauce for any stir fry, including stir fried noodles. Store it in the fridge in a jar for when you need it - just make sure to leave sufficient headroom in the jar so you can give it a good shake before using. This makes 1 1/2 cups of sauce which is enough for around 12 servings.



Total time

2 minutes




  • ¼ cup light soy sauce (note 1 )))
  • ¼ cup all purpose soy sauce (i use kikkoman all purpose, or use more light soy sauce)
  • ½ cup oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup chinese wine (or dry sherry, note 5 )))
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (toasted)
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper (i sometimes use 1 tbsp, i like the spiciness !)))


  1. Combine ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Store in fridge and shake before use.
  2. Stir Fry: I use 3 tbsp Stir Fry Sauce + 6 tbsp water to make a stir frying for 2 people using around 5 cups of uncooked ingredients (proteins + vegetables).
  3. Noodles: I use 3 tbsp of the Stir Fry sauce + 5 - 6 tbsp water to make a noodle stir fry for 2 people using around 7 cups of the combined stir fry uncooked (vegetables - packed, proteins + noodles - if using).
  4. By weight (Noodles & Stir Fry): Around 3 tbsp Stir Fry Sauce per 1 lb / 500g of combined ingredients (proteins + vegetables + noodles if using) plus 1/3 cup water.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp oil in wok over high heat.
  6. Add your choice of Base Flavourings - fry for 10 seconds or so to infuse oil.
  7. Add stir fry ingredients in order of time to cook (starting with ingredients that take longest to cook), leaving leafy greens, like the leaves of bok choy, until when you add the sauce (otherwise they will wilt and overcook).
  8. Add noodles (if using), sauce and water, your choice of Additional Flavourings and any leafy greens.
  9. Gently toss to combine and to let the sauce cook for around 1 minute. The sauce will become a thick, glossy sauce that coats your stir fry.
  10. Serve immediately.
  11. Garlic, minced or finely sliced
  12. Ginger, minced or finely sliced
  13. Fresh chillies, minced or finely sliced
  14. Sriracha, Chilli Bean Paste or other Spicy addition
  15. Sweet chilli sauce
  16. Substitute the water with pineapple or orange juice
  17. Rice vinegar - for a touch of tartness
  18. Fresh cilantro / coriander leaves, or thai basil - for freshness
  19. Garlic or ordinary chives, chopped
  20. Pinch of Chinese five spice powder
  21. View the recipe instructions at

Contains allergens
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