Mar 25, 2009

Stir Fry Veggies with Miso and Spicy Bean Paste

It's gonna be my birthday in....less than one hour!

Somehow there are so many March babies, is it just my imagination or?
Looking at my calendar, I have at least 15 birthdays listed up.
What's more surprising?
I'm not the only birthday person in one hour,
There's Dan, my old neighbor back in Minnesota,
My American grandfather
(I was an exchange student and stayed with a lovely host family back then),
And Kenneth, my boyfriend,
We all share the same birthday, isn't that amazing!?

Tomorrow, the big day, I have class all the way till 10 p.m....

Oh well, celebration starts later,
Did I mention that my spring break begins after my late night class on Thursday?
Yes, let's have tons of fun for the whole week!

But wait! Before all the fun happens, let's satisfy our tummy first,
So here it is, stir fry veggies with miso and spicy bean paste-


1/4 of Chinese cabbage (chopped into medium pieces)
2 cups of green bean sprouts (mine comes in a bag, so I used half of it)
1 small onion (sliced)
8 shitake mushrooms (sliced)
12 thin pork slices
Extra virgin olive oil


1 tablespoon of miso (red miso)
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of Japanese cooking wine (sake)
2 tablespoons of spicy bean paste 豆瓣醬
2 teaspoons of corn starch


Drizzle some olive oil in the pan and toss in the onion,
Sprinkle some salt and cook till the onion turns translucent.

Toss in the cabbage and cook for couple minutes,
I usually put the cabbage in first since the harder stems take longer time to cook.
After that, toss in the mushrooms and the bean sprouts.
Give it a stir once a while and make sure all the veggies are softened.

I add in the pork slices after the veggies are cooked,
Since they are thin slices, you don't wanna put them in the pan too early, otherwise it'll get too hard.
I simply let the heat in the pan to slowly cook the meat through, takes less than 1 minute.

Mix all the sauce ingredients well and pour onto the veggies,
Give it a quick stir and this steamy hot dish is done!

Cindy's Rating: 7 (very good with white rice)

I gonna be gone to Grand Canyon this weekend,
Will post up some scenery pictures (hopefully they'll turn out great) after I'm back,


  1. Happy birthday! And thanks to you I now know another way to use up the tub of miso paste I have at my house :). Recently we made miso lamb with zucchini with our miso paste.

  2. To EatTravelEat~
    Thank you so much!
    Wow miso with lamb sounds wonderful!