I’m here to share a relatively simple recipe that I’ve been making many iterations of recently. To start, you could change the meat and/or vegetable. You could also change the ingredients and amounts…this is a working recipe you can follow strictly, but it is best if you experiment. Sometimes I need more or less of an ingredient (or cooking time) depending on how everything is cooking.
Hold the phone. Hold your horses. Hold your babies. I cooked pork willingly. I ate it willingly. And I liked it! Also amazingly, the Fudgelet ate it and liked it, too! I was very happy to find a recipe we could all love.
The recipe I am pulling this from said it was a barbecue beef, but I can’t say it really tasted that way to me. It definitely has some Chinese flavor, but not barbecue. Speaking of the flavor in it…we had a slight hitch. I had picked out this meal before I went grocery shopping, so I had on my list everything I needed…which was just the vegetables and beef. Well, it turns out we were missing another key ingredient: hoisin sauce! We normally have it on hand, so we aren’t sure what happened. There are two options: one is that we used it up previously and forgot to replace it (but that seems unlikely since we usually put things on our grocery list immediately, and I know it’s been awhile since we’ve used the sauce), or two, a recent visitor threw it out when she visited. This visitor tossed our soy sauce because she said it had gone bad (cue debate of soy sauce expiration here), so it is possible she felt the same way about our hoisin sauce. Either way, we had no idea where it was and I needed to start the recipe in the morning for it to have time to cook during the day. Obviously you can run to the grocery store, but since I had just gone the day before, and it was only for one ingredient…and the one ingredient I wouldn’t normally buy at a non-Asian grocery store (cheaper at the Asian stores, usually).
It’s a new year for calendars, but also a new year for K and me. The start of this year marks 8 years together. If it wasn’t for him, I definitely would not attempt some of the recipes I do. Even when he thinks I am nuts or isn’t sure of a recipe, he still encourages me and eats the food. Even the failures. 🙂 Thanks, K, for your support in food and the rest of life (are there other parts? I guess the Fudgelet…haha…still food-related 😉 ).
I am already at 5 different revisions on this post because it has been that many times I have attempted to sit down and start writing. Each time I get a few minutes in, the Fudgelet has woken up. Not sure what is going on with him lately, but it has made it difficult to write a cohesive post. Hopefully it makes sense and is readable, because I am getting tired of reading the same few sentences I started with over and over trying to remember what I wanted to say next! 🙂
My cultural background is quite varied. To the point that I am not entirely sure of all of the countries my relatives are from. But, if I had to isolate a specific cuisine that we had the most, it was probably Italian. So, it is easy to classify me as Italian, even though I am not even quite half Italian. My husband obviously identifies as Chinese, since he is 100% so. As a result, we have lots of pasta and Asian noodles in the house at all times. Sometimes, though, we run low on one or the other. Well, I am here to tell you that you can definitely swap one for the other, depending on the situation.
I was excited to have another ground chicken recipe. This one reminds me of eating at a Panda Express, in a good way. K loves that place and this gives a bit of the teriyaki chicken with fried rice feel. He made the fried rice, since that is his specialty. I made the chicken, and together, voila!