Monday, November 24, 2008

Chinese Food

I had a taste for Thai food last night, but my favorite (and the closest) place was closed. I always am interested in saving money, so instead of wasting time, money, and gas driving halfway across the city to go to another Thai restaurant, I decided to make my own Asian-flavored food. I came up with brown rice, fried tofu, sauteed green beans, and sweet and sour sauce (mostly for the tofu, but it went well with the other flavors).

Here's a picture.


To make the green beans:
1. sautee garlic in a little oil (I used coconut);
2. sautee green beans (I used frozen) until a little brown on one side;
3. mix together 1 t. soy sauce, 1/2 t. agave nectar, dash each of salt and pepper, 1 t. cornstarch, and 1/2 t. water;
4. pour mixture into beans and cook until the sauce has really coagulated. It will be delicious.

To fry the tofu, I just cut thawed frozen firm tofu into 5 blocks, covered them in flour, and dropped them (carefully!) into probably 1/4 c. oil in my wok. I turned them over a few times, making sure both sides were brown and crispy to make sure the insides were really cooked. I fried them for probably 15 minutes while everything else was cooking. At the end, make sure you press them in paper towels or napkins for a while to get the extra oil out of them. It's pretty disgusting if you don't and you start eating them!

To make the sweet and sour sauce, I copied this recipe with the added pineapples (and used apple cider vinegar instead of the red or white that they suggested). 

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