- 1 brick of tofu, cubed
- 1 yellow pepper, cut into matchsticks, or julienned if you think that highly of yourself
- 1 bag of cut green beans and carrots
- wok oil
- soy sauce
- ginger flavored soy sauce
- cooked rice
Heat your wok over the hottest flame you can find for about 5 minutes. While doing that combine a generous amount of ginger flavored soy sauce with smaller amounts of mirin and regular soy sauce. When the wok gets red hot add the wok oil and swirl around being careful not to cause a small fire. Add the tofu and cook over high heat until firm and browned about 5 minutes. Add a little more wok oil and the veggies, cook for another 3-5 minutes. Toss in sauce to mixture and serve over rice.
The dish: I don't reinvent the wheel, I buy rice from my local Chinese place; it cost about a buck and tastes better than any rice I've ever made. Good wok skills boil down to three basic factors: 1. Use good quality, authentic ingredients. Do not cook in a wok with any oil other than wok oil, it has a high smoke point and a neutral flavor. 2. Be prepared. Cooking in a wok came about as a way to conserve energy, so cooking times are short and the flame is always high. Make sure everything is prepped beforehand. 3. Be not afraid. There is a good chance that between the high heat and its odd shape that you will set the thing on fire, it's no big deal if you do. Seriously, in the event of any kitchen fire, turn the heat on the stove off, RIGHT AWAY. If you're thinking clearly you can wet a kitchen towel and throw it over the flames, but NEVER throw water directly onto a burning stove.