Stir-Fried Tofu Noodles

Bean curd noodles

There have been a lot of talks about clean eat, meatless meals, veganism, gluten-free, pescatarian, and vegetarian in blogs I follow, and that got me excited to do something different this year.  Since January, I have been cooking 4 days per week meatless meals.  My family adapted to the new meal plans (not that they have much choice. :) ).  I try to make meatless dishes that they like.  One of the recipes that they enjoy immensely is this stir-fried tofu noodles.  The tofu (bean curd) noodles do not have the chewiness of the regular noodles but there is texture.  When mix with the crunchiness of celery and carrot strips and vegetarian bbq sauce, it makes a satisfying dish. Full of flavor and healthy! I love this dish because it is so versatile: you can serve it as a  hot meal, or refrigerate and serve as a salad, or as tapas.vegetarian bbq sauce


1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of vegetarian barbecue sauce (any major Asian markets)

1 package of soy bean curd noodle (also sold at any major Asian markets)

2 celery ribs, thinly julienne

1 medium carrot, thinly julienne

cooking oil, 1 teaspoon

garlic powder (optional)

sea salt and black pepper to season

In a hot skillet over medium-high heat, add in 1 teaspoon of cooking oil follow by celery and carrot julienne.  Add 2 dashes (or more to your liking)  of garlic powder to the vegetables, continue to stir for 2 minutes. When vegetables starts to soften, add in the bean curd noodle and vegetarian barbecue sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue to stir for 2-3 more minutes, and voila! Ready to serve.


Chè chuối: Banana Sago in Coconut Milk

che chuoi banana sago


Dearest Readers:  I am sorry for such a long absent, but I am back.  Will try to post more regularly now that I am getting back into the groove. :)

Sometimes markets like to do some quick sales.  In my recently trip to our local Asian market, I found a bag of one pound very ripe baby bananas for 99 cents.  Bananas covered in lots brown spots but no damages;  it was perfect to make banana dessert!  Che Chuoi is a much loved, traditional Vietnamese dessert of bananas cooked with tapioca pearls (sago), coconut milk, and fragrant with pandan leaves.  This dessert has the crunch from the roasted peanuts, the richness from coconut milk, the sweetness from bananas, and a hint of saltiness to enhance the flavors.  If you refrigerate it overnight, it makes a refreshing tropical pudding.

Note: *the amount of bananas use is according to your preference, but use at least 7 regular bananas.
  • 12-15  baby bananas or 8-10 regular bananas*  diagonally sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 112 g (2/3 cup)  tapioca pearls (sago)
  • 1,000 ml (4 cups) coconut milk (I used Aroy-D brand because it doesn’t have preservatives)
  • 100 g (1/2 cup)  sugar
  • 2 g (1/2 teaspoon) sea salt
  • 4 stalks   pandan leaves (optional) (use green parts, frozen or fresh or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or pandan extract)

Peanut topping:

  • 110 grams (3/4 cup)  roasted peanuts
  • 16 grams (1 tablespoon) sugar
  • 2 grams (1/2 teaspoon) sea salt

Bring 2/3 pot of water (medium pot) to to a boil, add in tapioca pearls. Let it cook until translucent. drain, rinse in cold water and set aside.In a large pot, add in coconut milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and pandan leaves. (If using extract, wait until the end of cooking) Bring it to a boil and then simmers in low heat for 5 minutes.

Add to the pot of coconut mixture,  sliced bananas and let it simmer for several minutes. Then add in the tapioca pearls. Continue to simmer for 1 minute. Stir constantly to prevent pearls from sticking to the bottom. (If you are using extract instead of pandan leaves, add it in now). Remove pot from heat.  As the dessert cools down, make peanut topping.

Make peanut topping:

I find using brown lunch (paper) bag for this next task works better, but you can use a ziplock.  Put roasted peanuts into the bag.  Make sure the nuts are spread evenly in a layer.  Fold the opening and hold that end, but be careful when smashing peanuts. Hold the rolling-pin like a paddle and pound on the peanuts to crush into small bits. You may want to shake the bag up and spread nuts out evenly in between poundings.  Mix in sea salt and sugar. Close the bag again and shake to mix. (Adjust sugar and salt to your liking)

This dessert can be served warm or cold.  Just  garnish with peanut topping right before serving.