Stir Fried Pepper Steak

If you go to the food court of any big shopping mall you will almost always find a Chinese restaurant of some sort. A long time ago when I worked in a mall, I would often eat lunch at that mall’s Chinese restaurant with my co-worker. My favorite thing to order was Chinese Pepper Steak. Unlike many restaurants this place cooked it fresh right in front of you as you stood in line. It was always worth the wait for this fantastic dish. Today I will try to replicate that.

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Pork Fried Rice

This week is all about cooking quick and easy meals in our house. I made Mapo Tofu recently where I used only half a pound of pork. I had another half pound to play around with. I thought of many things to make but settled for pork fried rice. It’s simple to make and easy to clean up the dishes. No one likes washing dishes, right? In our house, we always have some amount of cooked white rice sitting in our refrigerator. I grew up in Bangladesh where rice is eaten twice or even three times a day. I’m so accustomed to eating it that it feels wrong not to have it each day. Fried rice is an easy way to make cooked white rice very interesting.

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Mapo Tofu (Tofu with Pork)

A dear friend brought me a jar of Trader Joe’s Chili Onion Crunch seasoning a couple months ago. This interesting concoction is great to drizzle over rice, egg, and vegetable dishes. It has a mild but delicious combination of spices. I thought this would add a really nice flavor to a Chinese dish I like called Mapo Tofu. To make this dish I also needed to pick up some more interesting ingredients at an Asian grocery store, so headed to my local favorite, which is called HK Asian Market. I love strolling through every aisle and picking out things that speak to me!

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