March 28, 2008

Spring Vegetable Stir-Fry

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces3 bunches baby bok choy, cut into 1 inch strips
1 lb asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces
4 oz extra firm tofu, cubed
1 cup snow peas
1 bunch chives, cut into 2 inch pieces
6 dried shiitaki mushrooms
2/3 cup hot water
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fermented black bean paste
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil

for the marinade:
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon cornstarch

hot rice for serving

Combine all of the marinade ingredients, pour over the chicken and marinate for at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile, rehydrate the mushrooms in the hot water. Drain and slice, reserving the water. Add both soy sauces, sesame oil, fermented bean paste, Shaoxing wine to the reserved water and whisk until smooth. Sit aside. Heat the canola oil in a large wok. Add the chicken (and all of the liquid it marinated in) and the mushrooms and stir fry until the chicken is just opaque. Add all of the vegetables and the tofu and cook for a minute then pour the sauce over everything. Stir-fry until the bok choy has wilted slightly and the chicken is cooked through but the snow peas and asparagus are still crisp. Serve over hot rice.

My thoughts:
We have some sort of stir-fry at least once a week. Stir-fries are a great, quick way to use up any vegetables or odds and ends you have around and perfect for weeknight dinners. This week's stir-fry was especially fresh and tasty so I thought I'd share the recipe. Snow peas and asparagus are just coming into season here, so naturally I threw them in. We also had a small amount of tofu leftover from an earlier meal and two lonely chicken breasts so in they went! I like to keep the flavors of the marinade and the sauce similar so the final dish has a cohesive taste but pretty much any of the other ingredients can be swapped out for something in season where you live.