How To Make Mark’s Famous Stir Fry (Known Throughout The House)

Mark is the stir-fry and lo-mein maker around here.  It could be because he spent 5 years living in Japan; It could be because he has more patience then I do.  But if either of these items are on the menu at my house you can feel confident I won’t be cooking them.

We eat this sort of creation fairly frequently and I post the pictures on my facebook page.  I’ve had several people ask for the recipes; Mark just sort of laughs and says “There’s no recipe.”  So I decided to follow him around the kitchen when he did this to explain the process.  (This isn’t hard.  It’s not that big a kitchen!)

So here is his method for Stir Fry or Lo Mein.  The only difference would be, well, whether you decide to use rice or noodles!  He uses whatever we happen to have, vegetable wise, in the house at the time.  He actually ran to the store for a few things for this one and was disappointed to find that they were out of bean sprouts.  Feel free to use what you have.

Mark is really good about getting everything prepped ahead of time.  For this one he used coleslaw mix instead of shredding up a head of cabbage.  I’m the only vegan in my family and most of the rest of them are not that fond of tofu but they do love this Trader Joe’s marinated tofu.

We have an old seasoned wok that he uses.  (I’m not allowed to wash it because I do it wrong.  No soap, just water.  And it gets oiled every time.)

The carrots, broccoli, and snow peas are cooked first in some sesame oil and stir fried for between 5 and 10 minutes.  Mark adds a little Braggs throughout the process.

The mushrooms and cabbage are next and everything is stirred up as it cooks for between 5 and 10 minutes.

It helps if the dog watches your progress while you stir so quickly that your hand blurs, just in case you wondered.

Next is the tofu that has been cut up into small cubes.  Stir fry for about 5 minutes.  At this point Mark adds in a handful of sesame seeds and some chopped up chives from our bucket outside but all those photos were even blurrier than that one!

While the veggies are being stir fried the rice has been cooking in our rice cooker (the same one Mark brought back with him from Japan 18 years ago!).  Or we could have put noodles on the stove for lo-mein.

The rice gets added to the pan, along with some Braggs, and mixed up well.  He lets it cook all together just about 5 minutes to heat the rice up.

He believes in presentation so a few more sesame seeds are usually put on top.This makes a huge amount of food so it is usually presented on one of my large platters. For those who like it we add some Braggs at the table.

And ta-da!  The secrets to a great stir fry!

What do you usually put in your stir fry?


6 responses to this post.

  1. that stir fry looks absolutely yummy.. i want a someones famous dish too.. hubbs.. r u listening! well he makes good spicy potatoes..


  2. Posted by stefanie on October 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    That looks really good. You can’t get that at any take-out place.


  3. That looks delicious. I need to check out Braggs. I’ve never heard of it but I am always look to expand my pantry! Thanks for sharing!


  4. […] not a shock; He’s always been a very good cook.  You just have to look to his frequent stir fry creations to see that.  But he happened to mention that he’d like some more vegan cookbooks to look […]


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