Monday, October 02, 2006

More recipes using "double-duty" ingredients

Before you read on, let's review the shopping list I've posted previously.

Mushroom vegetable stir-try
Ingredients:
-oyster mushrooms,wiped with wet kitchen towels
-shitake mushrooms, wiped with wet kitchen towels
-woodear, chopped into bite-size (remainder from what was used for the pork balls)
-green/red peppers (remainder from what was used for the Thai curry )
-napa cabbage, washed and julienne (remainder from what was used for the cabbage pork ball soup)
-baby boy choy, washed and cut
-minced garlic
-oyster sauce, to taste
-water

Method:
-heat some canola oil in frying pan
-add the minced garlic to flavor the oil and subsequently the stir-fry
-add all the "fungi-related" ingredients i.e oyster mushrooms, shitake mushrooms,woodear, work them in the pan for 1-2 min
-then add the peppers, baby bok choy, and cabbage, and sitr fry for 1-2 min
-add some water and oyster sauce, stir fry all the ingredients together and let it simmer in covered pan for 3-5 mins

Ready to serve:



I have used celery and broccoli (substituting baby bok choy and napa cabbage) and enoki (substituting shitake) before for this dish. It works as well ! To spice things up, you can add thinly sliced red chilli (seeded) in the stir-fry. All the flavors blend well together.

Mapo tofu
Ingredients:
-1 ready-packed "regular" tofu, cut into bite-size pieces
-minced pork (remainder from what was used for the pork balls)
-Lee Kum Kee chilli bean paste (a.k.a tou ban jiang)
-minced garlic

Method:
-heat some canola oil in frying pan
-add the minced garlic to flavor the oil
-add the minced pork and fry (on medium-high heat) for 2-3 mins
-add the chilli bean paste; then some water, to de-glaze the pork and bean paste from the pan, as well as for the gravy
-finally, add the tofu, mix well into the spicy sauce and simmer, covered for 3-5 mins

Ready to serve:



Yummy. This is my husband's favorite.

If you have some scallions in your fridge, yes please. Go for it as the garnish. It always works for mapo tofu.



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