I serve this quick side dish when I'm cooking a Japanese meal. This is one of the few ways I enjoy celery cooked.
- Cut the celery sticks into 4 cm lengths, then finely shred these vertically.
- Slice the chilli thinly.
- Heat the oil in a fry pan, and add the celery, chile and sugar.
- Stir-fry over a moderate heat for 1 minute, then add the soy sauce and continue stir frying for a further minute or two and until all the liquid has evaporated.
- To keep the celery crisp, evaporate the liquid quickly.