Tag Archive: stir fry

Mapo Tofu, Wok Star Style

Mapo Tofu, literally translated means “pock marked grandma’s tofu”, don’t ask me why! I guess there’s a slight resemblance to pock marks? The beauty of this dish is you can adapt it to however you like it, spicy or not at all, with tri-colored bell peppers or with ground pork or just plain.  And that…



Secret to Stir Fry Noodles That Don’t Stick

Everyone loves stir fried noodles but not when they stick to your wok.  My simple rules will guarantee NO-stick noodles if you use a well seasoned cast iron wok.  I must confess I was always intimidated frying noodles especially after watching my mom and then my sister fry them so expertly.  They did use a…



Shanti Christensen’s Book Giveaway and Umami Kale (updated)

Book Giveaway details below, ends tonight Sunday, April 16: 12am ET, good luck!  If you crave real home cooked Chinese food, you can win Shanti Christensen’s book, “Family Style Chinese Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from My Culinary Journey Through China!” (see details below!) It’s a MUST.  Shanti’s quest to learn authentic Chinese cooking led her into 40…



Stuffed Squash a la Wok Star Style

The three elements to delicious food are flavor, texture, color in that order and this Stuffed Squash a la Wok Star style is the perfect dish! Impress your friends with this dish… TECHNIQUE IS KEY… So, I wanted to do a festive dish for the holidays and of course squash came to mind. I love…



Easy Dinner: Grilled Duck, Stir Fry Brussels Sprouts

This easy weeknight dinner idea involves a little cheating and ghee.  Duck may seem a rather opulent weeknight dinner but it’s really not. Grilling duck while stir frying brussels sprouts will get your dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes AND you’ll be showered with loads of compliments!  At least, that’s what happens…



How To Make Tofu Crispy and Tasty!

The secret to crispy tofu? Use extra firm tofu, not the Japanese silken type which is too soft.  Another secret? Use hot oil to deep fry and remove tofu cubes the minute they turn a light golden color. It will result in a wonderfully crispy outer texture. Crispy tofu is a dish even kids and…