Mixed Results for German and Hungarian Whites with Two Chinese Stir-Fries

For quick midweek meals we’ve cooked a couple of Chinese stir-fried chicken dishes recently.

In the first we stir-fried the chicken with light soy sauce, carrots, pak choi, white cabbage, red onion, mushrooms, red pepper, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, garlic and ginger.  To this mixture we added Tesco’s Sweet Chilli and Ginger stir-fry sauce that also contains yellow bean and garlic. We served this with sesame oil egg noodles.

The sweet flavours in this dish called for a medium-dry white wine and fortunately we had a suitable bottle in the fridge – Steillage Riesling Mosel Qualitätswein 2012 from Tesco’s Finest range.

This German white was pale gold in the glass and fresh with good minerality.  We tasted pineapple and other tropical fruits with a creamy sweetness. An excellent match with an enjoyable stir-fry. 2014-04-16 18.31.58

The second stir-fry combined chicken with the same vegetables, but this time we added Tesco’s Chinese stir-fry sauce, which contains soy, ginger, garlic and five-spice.  We also served this with sesame oil egg noodles.

We found the flavours of this stir-fry to be a little bland and overall disappointing. There was a slight sweetness in this dish, so we opened a bottle of Peter & Peter Riesling 2013, an off-dry German white from Tesco. However, we quickly concluded this was a lacklustre match and set it aside.2014-04-23 18.26.37

We decided to try a a dry white from Hungary – Lakeview Grüner Veltliner 2012, also from Tesco.

This was clean tasting with peach and apple flavours and hints of tropical fruits.  However, it was no more than an adequate match with the meal.2014-04-23 18.36.20

We are looking forward to achieving better food pairings for these wines in future.

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