Living in the land of pasta, pizza and all things Italian is a seriously wonderful thing. I can never get enough Italian food, but a little diversity in there every once and a while is a must! Another cuisine that I happen to adore is Asian.
Here in Milan a few years ago it was a lot harder to find anything other than all-you-can-eat sushi or cheapo chinese restaurants. Luckily the Italians have recently discovered that there is more to Asian cuisine. Pho, hand-stretched Ramen bowls and Pad thai are now easier to find around the city and people are beginning to appreciate this novelty.
Plus, organic Italian-grown edamame, pak choy and chinese cabbages can be found at the local farmers market. I did a happy dance the first time I saw pak choy at the market and then proceeded to buy more than what could fit into my little baby refrigerator.
I don’t know about you, but for me asian cooking is like jumping hurdles ( I am 5 feet tall so you get the picture). I’ve always struggled to incorporate the right flavors. Maybe because of the lack of availability of ingredients or because the sauces weren’t quite right. But after many attempts (some complete failures), I finally feel like my skills for asian cooking are improving. And this simple stir-fry really hits the spot when I need a break from Italian food.
So guys, this recipe uses tofu. I know a lot of people think that tofu is disgusting and shouldn’t be considered a food. But don’t let this throw you off. I know I am bias because I genuinely like the taste, but I believe that if it is well-seasoned and cooked right- tofu can be delicious.
(I swear that some people imagine vegans all over the world chomping on soggy tofu blocks and eating heads of plain lettuce. To the contrary, vegetarian and vegan meals are jam packed with color & flavor.)
I don’t use tofu too frequently in my diet because even though it is a meatless option, soy comes with its own environmental price tag. But for the occasional stir-frys I like to add it for the protein and flavor.
If you know tofu is just not your thang, you could skip it entirely and just have a delicious veggie stir fry.
Also, I’m curious. How many of you eat with chopsticks and who out there is always asking for a fork? (no judgement either way)
Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche
My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.
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