General Tso’s Chicken is a popular Chinese dish. If you know how to make General Tso’s sauce, you can replace the chicken with any vegetables or tofu. The sauce is salty, sweet, and slightly spicy. I can eat a whole bowl of rice just with the sauce. I picked up some beautiful asparagus from the market, and made my version with asparagus and mushroom.
The Asian ingredients I used are:
1. Rice wine (米酒)
On the label, it read “cooking michiu”. “Mi” means rice, and “chiu” means wine in Chinese. If you can’t fine Chinese rice wine, you can substitute it with Japanese sake or dry sherry.
2. Rice vinegar (米醋)
You should be able to find rice vinegar in almost all supermarkets now. Rice vinegar has a mild taste, not as strong and sharp as white vinegar. We use a lot of rice vinegar in Asian cooking. It also makes great salad dressing.
Let’s start cooking!
General Tso’s Asparagus and Mushroom (左宗棠蘑菇蘆筍)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch asparagus, cut off tough ends and cut into 2 inches pieces
10 oz sliced mushroom
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine (or sake, or dry sherry)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon hot chili sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon potato starch (or cornstarch)
Heat up the oil in a wok or saute pan with medium-high heat. Add minced garlic. Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add asparagus. Saute until slightly soften, about 3 minutes.
Add sliced mushroom. Saute until vegetables are cooked, about 5 minutes.
While the vegetables are cooking, make the sauce in a small saucepan. Add soy sauce, rice wine, vinegar, chili sauce, sugar and starch. Make sure that the starch is dissolved in the liquid. Heat up the sauce in medium heat, until the sauce bubbles and thicken. Turn off the heat. Set aside.
When the vegetables are cooked, add the General Tso’s sauce to the wok. Saute and coat the vegetable with sauce, about 2 minutes.
Remember you can use any vegetable you like, or tofu, with the General Tso’s sauce.
Enjoy with a bowl of brown rice. Don’t forget to pour some of that yummy sauce over the rice, mix, and eat!