Open Sesame

Because there is no pun to which I will not stoop, this is a food post about a whatever’s-in-the-fridge stir fry featuring sesame.

This particular stir-fry contains the tag end of an onion and the same of a bunch of bok choi, the last of the sauteed mushrooms and some protein. This particular protein was pork, but chicken or beef or tofu or seitan would work just as well.

First, you cut everything up into bits. Then you heat some sesame oil pretty hot. Throw all the bits in and stir it around. Add some sesame seeds and whatever seasonings you want; I used Five Spice Powder, salt, and pepper. Cook it maybe ten minutes, or until your protein is either done or hot through, depending on whether it’s raw meat or cooked meat/non-meat to begin with.

Cutting everything up takes damn near forever, but it cooks in a flash.

Mmmm, so good! I think I may have added some Hoisin sauce, too. Whatever.

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  1. acflory

    February 11, 2021 at 4:02pm

    I haven’t had breakfast yet, and now I’m drooling. Question: how much sesame oil? I use sesame oil quite a bit but I dilute it with peanut oil. Never tried to stir fry with sesame only. Btw one of the fastest, easiest meals I’ve found is [frozen] vegetable dumplings in a dead simple dipping sauce of sesame oil and light soy sauce.

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      Marian Allen

      February 12, 2021 at 8:31am

      I happen to have some frozen dumplings in the … well, in the freezer, obvs. I’ll remember your dipping sauce! How much sesame oil do I use? Just a drizzle. Probably not even a tablespoon. I usually use olive oil or margarine, but I use sesame oil for stir-fry.

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      • acflory

        February 12, 2021 at 6:14pm

        lol – I’ve just ordered two more packets of the dumplings. They are so filling, the Offspring and I get two meals out of each packet. Cheapest almost-takeaway ever.
        I don’t measure the sesame oil and soy sauce but it’s probably close to 1:2 [sesame:soy] because we both love the taste of sesame.
        I’ll try using the sesame next time I stir fry meat. Maybe even tonight. πŸ™‚

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  2. joey

    February 14, 2021 at 3:13pm

    Yes please!
    You know, after I told you I love bok choy and hardly ever cook it and you said you cook it plenty, I started cooking it more. I appreciate yet another idea on how to add it — thanks!

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      Marian Allen

      February 14, 2021 at 3:40pm

      Bok choi is da bomb! Did I ever post my recipe for bok choi salad? If not, I’ll have to do that some time.

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      • joey

        February 14, 2021 at 4:50pm

        I’m not sure. If it’s a cold salad, wait til summer! LOL

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