In Praise of the Stir-Fry

When life gets hectic and there’s no money for takeout and I feel like I’m going to spin off the Earth, the stir fry is my gravity. Some nights I can’t be asked to do much more than chop up a generous amount of garlic and maybe some shallots and throw some vegetables into the wok for a few minutes.

Last night was one of those nights. I had no desire to shop after a day at work and train delays getting home. Apparently, a local team of gladiators were rewarded with a parade for slaying their enemies, and the train that connects the local villages to my metropolis was slow going. The crisper saved me with bok choy that I hadn’t decided what to do with, oh, and that half package of rice noodles and some tofu. I fried the tofu and bok choy with shallots and garlic, splashed with tamari, mirin, and chili oil, added the noodles and bam! Dinner in under 30 minutes. With a beer it was the perfect humpday solution to a growling stomach and a stressed psyche.

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5 Responses to In Praise of the Stir-Fry

  1. I just hate it when the local gladiators are taking up too much of the train.

  2. Melissa says:

    Impressive! I’m so helpless in the kitchen…if I don’t have a recipe then I just stand there confused for awhile. Then I order take-out.

  3. mihl says:

    Sounds perfect!

  4. kittee says:

    i love the idea of eating stir fry with rice noodles instead of rice. did you fry the noodles in, or just eat on top of ’em?


  5. ameyfm says:

    ha! i love your description of the giants’ parade. it looked like some kind of madhouse. I am so impressed by you free-spirited-innovating-in-the-kitchen types. I am all about the recipe.

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