Portobello and French Bean Stir Fry

1 bunch of french string beans, cleaned and trimmed.
2 portobello mushroom, sliced
5-7 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup of vegetable broth
1/4 purple onion, sliced
salt and pepper
red pepper
2 tbs oil
1-2 tbs chili oil
vegetarian hoisin sauce
1 tsp of flour mixed with 1 tsp of water (thickening agent)

1) on medium high heat saute onions for 2-4 minutes.
2)  add garlic and cook for another 2-4 minutes.
3)  add beans and season with salt, pepper and red pepper.  cook for 3 minutes.
4)   add vegetable broth and mushrooms.  cover and cook for another 3 minutes.
5) add thickening agent.  stir and cook for another 2 minutes.


Salted Pepper Tofu

one of my favorite chinese restaurants in sd is royal manderin in national city.  they make the best salted pepper chicken wings (when i used to eat chicken that is).  since being vegetarian, it’s ironic that they came up with a salted pepper tofu dish!!!  my mom always orders it for me when we have family parties.   here is my play on their dish.  all i can say is once i was done cooking it, i couldn’t keep my hands off of it while i was taking this photo! soooooo delicious!

1 package of fried tofu cubes ( i made it easier on myself but if you want, go ahead and buy a package of tofu and fry it yourself).

2 bunches of finely chopped green onions
salt and pepper
5-8 cloves of minced garlic
garlic salt
red pepper
1-2tbs red chili oil
2-3 tbs canola oil

1)  heat both oils on medium heat.
2)  saute garlic and red pepper together.  make sure you keep stirring to avoid burning the garlic.
3)  add tofu and constantly stir making sure all the tofu is coated with garlic and chili oil. cook until tofu is heated through. season with salt, pepper and garlic salt.
4)  add green onions and cook for about 2-3 more minutes.

>eggplant escalivada


my favorite food on the planet are spanish tapas.  a couple of weeks ago i had dinner with some good friends at one of my favorite tapas restaurants in sf, esperpento in the mission district.  one of my favorite dishes i order is an eggplant dish that is basically sauteed with tomatoes, onions and peppers.  here is my version of escalivada.  my twist to this dish is to serve it as a stuffed eggplant.  hope you like it.

1 large purple eggplant
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1/4 purple onion, sliced
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
1/4-1/2 cup of tempeh, crumbled
vegetable broth
olive oil
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes

1) preheat oven to 400 degrees
2)  slice eggplant in half and brush eggplant with olive oil all over.  season with salt, pepper, and red pepper.  line baking sheet with foil and place eggplant face up.  place another sheet of foil on top of eggplant and wrap eggplant with both sheets of foil.  bake for 50 minutes.
3) while eggplant is baking, prepare the stuffing by heating 3 tbs of olive oil in a pan on medium high heat.  when oil is hot, saute onions until cooked.  stir in tomato slices.  cook for about 2-3 minutes.  add 1/2 cup of vegetable broth and cook for another 3 minutes until some of the broth has evaporated.  add tempeh and garlic and saute for 3 minutes.  add a cup of vegetable broth, salt, pepper, red pepper, and a couple of dashes of paprika and simmer on medium low until broth has evaporated. set aside until eggplant is cooked.
4)  when eggplant is ready, spoon out eggplant into saute mixture making sure you are careful not to pierce through the skin of the eggplant.  when all the mixture is added to the saute mixture, add 1/2 cup of vegetable broth and cook on medium high heat.  using a fork, smash in the eggplant while cooking.  when the vegetable broth has slightly evaporated, it is ready.  spoon eggplant mixture back into cooked eggplant shells.  enjoy!

Patatas Aioli


another one of my favorite tapas.  fried potatoes with a spicy garlic aioli sauce.

6 medium potatoes, cut into medium cubes
olive oil
salt and pepper
red pepper

1) heat olive oil in a deep frying pot/pan on medium high heat.
2)  in a large bowl combine cubed potatoes, seasoning and 2 tbs of olive oil.
3)  when oil is ready, fry half of the cubed potatoes for about 8 minutes.  take the cooked potatoes out and fry the rest of the potatoes.
4)  for aioli sauce, refer to sauce section.  i just added sriracha sauce to make it spicy.  you can add any type of hot sauce you have on hand.