When I woke up I went to my work to get my check and then went grocery shopping at the local Asian market to buy ingredients for chapchae. When I got home I was so syked to make it because I hadn't made that recipe in a while. Just when I was about to the power went out! When my boyfriend came home from work we walked to the Albertson's to find something to make for dinner that didn't require re-heating. We decided to have a big salad with jalapeno bread and butter on the side. It doesn't sound like a high calorie meal but It was over 1,000 calories for dinner! Good thing I didn't have lunch today! Right in the middle of eating our high calorie cold dinner the power came back on! I decided to make chapchae anyways to box up for dinner for the next few days. Anyways the good thing about today is that I learned that I have 40 hours in the bakery next week!
Here's the recipe....
Chapchae with Fried Tofu
Makes 4 large servings.
(About 535 calories)
This recipe is so good! I like to serve mine with a little side of kimchi. Kimchi is good but it does hike up your sodium level!
- 8 oz mung bean or sweet potato noodles (might be called cellophane or glass noodles or Chinese vermicelli)
- 1 sweet onion, sliced into thin strips
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 pound baby spinach, pre-sauted until soft
- 2 carrots, julienned
- 3 scallions, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped Napa cabbage
- 5 mushrooms, sliced
- 2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil
- 2 Tbsp sesame oil
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- 6 oz. pre-fried tofu.
- Sesame seeds (try toasted)
- Black pepper
- Soak noodles in hot water for about 20-30 minutes. Then drain. Set aside.
- In a large pan or wok over medium heat, heat vegetable (or olive) oil and 1 Tbsp sesame oil.
- Add onion slices and garlic and sauté for about 1 minute.
- Add rest of vegetables and cook for 4-5 minutes, until the vegetables are half-cooked and still a bit crispy.
- Turn heat to low and add cooked noodles, tofu, soy sauce, sugar, and the remaining sesame oil.
- Mix to combine and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add salt or more soy sauce if needed.
- When finished add a few shakes of sesame seeds and a few pinches of black pepper.