Wok Wednesdays -Stir-Fried Shiitake Mushrooms and Spicy Garlic Eggplant

These two veggie recipes came from The Breath of a Wok by Grace Young page 144.

Shiitakes and Eggplant

Shiitakes and Eggplant

What do you get when you take mushrooms, eggplant and lots of ginger and garlic? Two great veggie dishes.

Stir-Fried Shiitakes and Spicy Garlic Eggplant

Stir-Fried Shiitakes and Spicy Garlic Eggplant

I was so happy with the outcome of these two dishes. After using the technique of steaming in wok, I am now convinced that you do not need any other pan in your kitchen. The wok is so versitile. The great thing here is that when you steam something first, like eggplant, hardly any oil is needed to stir-fry and finish the dish.

A great meal!

A great meal!

The leftover mushrooms are going in an omelet today!

Kerry if you are reading, you have to go out and get a wok for you and Nancy.

Wok Wednesdays – Minced Pork In Lettuce Cups

This week’s Wok Wednesday’s recipe is Minced Pork in Lettuce Cups.  The recipe can be found in Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, by Grace Young.

We had another triumph with our Wok Wednesday meals. This was quite enjoyable, especially using fresh water chestnuts. I have never seen them, or paid that close attention to them, in the markets in the US, but they are plentiful in the wet markets of Hong Kong. They really add a nice crunch. No jalapenos available here (which the recipe calls for). I used red Thai chilies that are most common here. They added great zing.I would continue to use them.

Everything chopped and ready to go!

Everything chopped and ready to go! Oh yeah, there is a martini in the foreground!

Minced pork in the wok.

Minced pork in the final minute before plating.

The finished dish!

The finished dish!

I guess I should work on my presentation or get better at Photoshop! I just noticed that messy edge on the platter.

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy New Year from Hong Kong! Part II

The Year of the Snake

The Year of the Snake

“In a splendid carriage you emarked on your journey. Today, you came home barefoot. Is it that you failed the imperial exam? Or did you lose all your gold in business?” This was the fortune for Hong Kong drawn by Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat, a member of the legislative council for Hong Kong. Fortune on stick #95, which is one of the unluckiest fortunes, has fortune tellers warning Hong Kongers that they will be faced with “wicked people” in the year of the snake. This was the story reported in the South China Morning Post.

It is the year of the snake and many consider it to be a dark year. But the snake does have many virtuous qualities. It is said that a if you have a snake in your house, you will never starve. A snake is keen and cunning and intelligent and wise.

We set out to visit the temples in Hong Kong on the third day of the new year. This is the day that is slotted for families to visit the temples. One Hong Konger told us that it is prescribed that you go to the temple on the third day because you have spent two days with the family already and that you might begin to fight. You should go to the temple and talk to the gods to avoid fighting. The photo don’t even begin to show you how busy the Wong Tai Sin temple was. There were thousands visiting that day and incense billowing into the sky.

We also visited Chi Lin Nunnery that was very peaceful and has lovely gardens. Striking contrast to the Wong Tai Sin Temple.

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Touch the Dragon for good luck upon entering the gates to the temple

Touch the Dragon for good luck upon entering the gates to the temple

Walking along with the masses. Burning incense everywhere. Being tall, had to watch out that my hair was not lit on fire from the burning sticks.

Walking along with the masses. Burning incense everywhere. Being tall, had to watch out that my hair was not lit on fire from the burning sticks.

Lighting incense in one of many lanterns

Lighting incense in one of many lanterns

All kinds of hawkers with many types or religious items.

All kinds of hawkers with many types or religious items.

Just like the smoke from the rising incense, the pin wheels blow good wishes out into the world.

Just like the smoke from the rising incense, the pin wheels blow good wishes out into the world.

Peaceful waters in fountain at Chi Lin Nunnery

Peaceful waters in fountain at Chi Lin Nunnery

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Inside the temple courtyard. No photos allowed up close to the altars.

Inside the temple courtyard. No photos allowed up close to the altars.

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Kung Hei Fat Choi – Happy New Year from Hong Kong! Part I

Our first Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. Amazing how quiet a city can become. But prior to February 9, everything was scrubbed clean and decorated. Markets were bursting with tangerines, pomelo and all things red and gold encrusted with fish and snakes. Temples were busy and busier now that the new year is under way. One can smell and see the smoke from the incense burning in the temples from blocks away.

On the eve of the new year, we went to the flower market along with about half of the population of Honk Kong. It was an unbelievable sight with every kind of flower you could think of available. I was particularly awed by the gladiolas. They were easily over four feet tall.

Near the bird park. The bird park is a post unto itself. Lots of people and a pretty location at the end of the market where the street turns.

Near the bird park. The bird park is a post unto itself. Lots of people and a pretty location at the end of the market where the street turns.

Asian lilies are everywhere. They are as common as daisies in the US and cost just pennies. The scent is overpowering.

 

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Gladiolas easily close to five feet tall. The gentleman in the back is a very tall man. Probably over six feet himself.

 

Gladiolas Galore

Gladiolas Galore

Glad arriving at the Mong Kok market

Glads arriving at the Mong Kok market

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This is the corner of the market. Kumquat trees are popular for the new year.

Crowded flower market in Mong Kok

Crowded flower market in Mong Kok

 

Wok Wednesdays – Lo Mein Chicken with Ginger Mushrooms

This was my first posting to the Wok Wednesdays group. This is a group of people cooking their way through Grace Young’s Stir -Frying to the Sky’s Edge and meeting and posting and sharing through Facebook and blogging. It works great for me, because I am very interested in wok cooking and there is very little offered here in terms of cooking schools.

Lo Mein Chicken with Ginger Mushrooms was not my first stir-fry, the first engaging with the group. It is a great dish for the Chinese New Year. Also, it prompted me to go out and find some fresh noodles in the market. Found a great little shop with a long line buying noodles. There was great conversation over the lo mein noodles and they were obviously getting the seal of approval from several of the women buying, so I thought it was a good place to buy. We were not disappointed. The noodles were excellent. I was quite pleased with the result of the dish. I would work a little harder at browning the chicken, but I was pleased that the meat was not overcooked and the cabbage was crisp.

Wok Wednesdays - Lo Mein Chicken with Ginger Mushrooms.

Wok Wednesdays – Lo Mein Chicken with Ginger Mushrooms.

Yum!

Yum!

 

Photos I Love From The Last Six Weeks

Back from a six-week trip in the states over the holidays. Had a chance to spend a lot of good time with family and friends. Christmas at my sister’s was so much fun with Calvin in the mix. It was great to spend time with Kam in Oregon and Arizona. Managed to fit in a New Year trip to Boise. Made tamales. Hiked the Grand Canyon in freezing temps! We saw a lot of movies and ate a lot of food. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of my photos! Got to get a better system now that it is 2013! These are some of my favorites that I can find.

The Christmas feast of Dungeness Crab! A Thrall/Reichle/Thomas tradition.

The Christmas feast of Dungeness Crab! A Thrall/Reichle/Thomas tradition.

Looking at the lights.

Looking at the lights.

 

Kam knitted this great elf hat for Calvin.

Kam knitted this great elf hat for Calvin.

Calvin and his new shark backpack from Hong Kong!

Calvin and his new shark backpack from Hong Kong!

 

Relaxing over New Years at the Chambers. Melissa and Snug and my feet.

Relaxing over New Years at the Chambers. Melissa , Sirius, and Snug and my feet.

Always a lot of good food. Always fighting for the first and last bite!

Always a lot of good food. Always fighting for the first and last bite!

 

Logan and I made peanut butter balls together!

Logan and I made peanut butter balls together!

Two of my favorite old guys.

Two of my favorite old guys.

 

The Grand Canyon. Beautiful and cold weather. Going down.

The Grand Canyon. Beautiful and cold weather. Going down.

Crossing the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch.

Crossing the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch.

Hiking out. Starting before dawn. Cold morning.

Hiking out. Starting before dawn. Cold morning.

Tamale day at the Bauers. Everyone in the kitchen! Margaritas a flowing.

Tamale day at the Bauers. Everyone in the kitchen! Margaritas a flowing.