Meatless Monday tonight calls for a hearty and flavorful dumpling recipe filled with diced five spice tofu, chives, carrots, black ear fungus and jicama (for the crunch). Pan fried, just couldn’t get any better than this.
Had lunch with my sisters today at a Vietnamese restaurant. My sisters each ordered a bowl of pho which came with a bundle of basil. One of them didn’t bother putting in the soup, so quickly I grabbed it and thought of using it for tonight’s dinner -Thai basil chicken.
Thai basil chicken is something I’ve always ordered when dining at Thai restaurants. Never knew how easy it is to make and the taste was also amazing! The recipe calls for Thai Holy basil, but since those are hard to find, I substitute with the basil I got from the Vietnamese restaurant. It could be a tad bit spicier (didn’t want to go too far in fear my boys can’t handle the heat). I made a lot more so we can save some for tomorrow’s lunch. There’s so much to play with this recipe I can’t wait to try again.
The plainest of meatless Monday meal makes everyone full, healthy and happy. Pan fry tofu, garlic stir fry chayotes, and oyster sauce lettuce are the continuation of our meatless Monday tradition.
Making dumplings for boys’ lunches over the weekend. I normally make a big batch and freeze them. These are great for last minute lunches. Adding some chives to the filling, and not quite sure how the boys’ reaction. We shall wait and see.
Just following the Chinese New year tradition – eat eat and eat some more. Here are some homemade CNY snacks/dessert in the last couple of days: 1) coconut glutinous rice cakes (年糕) 2) tea eggs (茶葉蛋) and 3) osmanthus cake (桂花糕).
This is the Open-Year Dinner with my inlaws welcoming the Year of the Rooster! Same menu every year, and always a big feast. Sometimes I wish they are more open to try new dishes. Luckily my side is more receptive, giving me more areas to explore!
Our meatless Monday meal today – japchae, a classic Korean stir fry. A popular dish made from sweet potato noodles you will find in Korean restaurants. I’ve made it with tofu and boys loved it.
Our meatless Monday meal – going for vegetarian kimchi fried rice. Didn’t think the boys would like it, worried it might be too spicy. They went for seconds! Meatless meals are such a hit Dai Bee is now request that we have it two days in a week.
Something other than rice and pasta, hamburger is the way to go for tonight’s dinner. $10 for the whole meal for the 4 of us, what a deal.
Using my favorite pot to make green chinese radish daikon carrot pork soup (紅白青蘿蔔瘦肉湯) today. I’m not too sure if this is the right tool for soup. The flavor was not there. Though convenient, I will not use this pot to make soup.