Serves 4 to 6

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

6 to 8 small dried red chilies

1 pound snow peas, trimmed

1 bunch scallions, trimmed, chopped in 1-inch lengths

Salt and pepper

4 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon grated ginger

½ teaspoon sesame oil

3 tablespoons crushed roasted peanuts

2 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro

1. Put vegetable oil in a wok over high heat. When oil looks wavy, add chilies and let sizzle for a few seconds.

2. Add snow peas and scallions and season well with salt and pepper. Cook vegetables over high heat, stirring constantly, until cooked through and lightly charred, two to three minutes. Peas should be bright green and crisp-tender.

3. Add garlic, ginger and sesame oil, toss well and cook a minute more. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with peanuts and cilantro.

— David Tanis, The New York Times