Thai Basil Tofu

Thai Basil Tofu
Thai Basil Tofu

Thai basil chicken is a popular dish. It is usually made with ground chicken. Instead of ground chicken, I used crumbled extra firm tofu to make the vegan/vegetarian version. Another important ingredient in Thai cooking is fish sauce. I replaced the fish sauce with low sodium soy sauce and vegan Worcestershire sauce. This dish is very easy and fast to make. (Actually I think all my recipes are fast and easy. :-)) It only takes less than 10 minutes to make your own Thai takeout at home! Continue reading

How to Deal with Eye Rolling?

Many times when I eat lunch in our office’s lunch room with coworkers, I get questions like “Why do you want to go vegetarian/vegan? How do you do it? Don’t you miss meat? But meat tastes so good! etc….” In the beginning, I gave my honest answer, “For compassion. No, I don’t miss meat. Vegetables and fruits taste better than meat to me. etc….”

Then I usually get eye rolling back.

Especially when I talk about how much I like animals, how cute they are, how loving they are, and why do people have the right to kill to eat them. Coworker even tried to argue with me that the purpose of having animals in this world is for human to kill and eat. Seriously, according to this coworker, that is the sole purpose of animals. That just makes me sad and angry.

I don’t like to argue. Also when it’s 10 people against 1, it’s hard to get your point across. So most of the time, I just stop talking after a while. Plus it’s work, so I don’t want to be fighting with my coworkers.

Maybe I should just eat lunch on my own….

Do you get this kind of reaction when people find out you are vegan? Or trying to go vegan? How do you deal with it? How do you react?

Hairy Cucumber with Vermicelli (節瓜粉絲)

Hairy Cucumber with Vermicelli (節瓜粉絲)
Hairy Cucumber with Vermicelli (節瓜粉絲)

This is my first time cooking hairy cucumber. The hairy cucumber tasted kind of like zucchini. It’s pretty good. And I always like vermicelli, also known as “glass noodle”. It was fun to experiment with new food I haven’t tried before. It is also very rewarding when the result turns out better than I expect. Continue reading

Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (魚香茄子)

Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (魚香茄子)
Chinese Spicy Garlic Eggplant (魚香茄子)

I didn’t like eggplant when I was a kid. I thought the mushy texture is just gross. Every time I see eggplant on the dining table, I would say “yuck” and refuse to even try it. Then one day in my late 20’s, I decide to take just one bite of eggplant. To my surprise, it actually tasted kinda good. I took another bite, then another, then another. Why did I wait all those years? Lesson learned: Don’t just assume you won’t like something. Give it a try at least! Continue reading

Taiwanese Stir Fried Rice Noodles (炒米粉)

Taiwanese Stir Fried Rice Noodles (炒米粉)
Taiwanese Stir Fried Rice Noodles (炒米粉)

My mom makes the BEST Taiwanese stir fried rice noodles! This was my attempt to make rice noodles as good as hers. My version tastes pretty good, but for some reason, it just cannot taste as good as hers. I just can’t top that “mom’s” flavor. Maybe one day when I become a mother then my food can also tastes good with motherly love. 🙂 Continue reading

Taiwanese Three Cups Mushrooms (三杯菇)

Taiwanese Three Cups Mushrooms (三杯菇)
Taiwanese Three Cups Mushrooms (三杯菇)

“Three Cups” is a popular Taiwanese dish. The three cups meaning one cup of sesame oil, one cup of soy sauce, and one cup of wine. But we are not going to add that much oil for health reason. Plus sesame oil is so flavorful that just a little bit can go a long way. Traditionally three cups is usually made with chicken. Squid is also a popular choice. I made the vegan version with mushrooms. I used a combination of king oyster mushroom and oyster mushroom. You can use any mushroom you like. My husband and his friend couldn’t stop raving about this dish. The sauce with the flavor of basil is quite addicting. I think the sauce will go really well with tofu as well. I shall try making Three Cups Tofu next time. Since basil is very important flavor-wise in this dish, I highly suggest using Thai basil (Asian basil) instead of the regular sweet basil. Thai basil has a more intense flavor. If you cannot find it, you can substitute with sweet basil, but probably have to add a bit more for the flavor. If you like spicy, add red chili pepper for both heat and color. Continue reading

Sauteed Cabbage with Gogi Berries (枸杞炒高麗菜)

Sauteed Cabbage with Gogi Berries (枸杞炒高麗菜)
Sauteed Cabbage with Gogi Berries (枸杞炒高麗菜)

This is a very easy and fast dish. Gogi berry is also called wolfberry. Goji berries are filled with powerful antioxidants, and also have compounds rich in vitamin A that may have anti-aging benefits. You can find dried gogi berries in Asian supermarket. I believe Whole Foods also have those. You can just make the sauteed cabbage without the gogi berries. But with gogi berries, this dish becomes healthier, and the color is beautiful. Continue reading