Have you ever used pea shoots in your cooking? I spied these pea shoots at Trader Joe's a few days ago and they were so stinkin' cute, I just couldn't resist buying them. Pea shoots are used quite often in Asian cooking. In fact, one of the serving suggestions on the box was stir fry. It also suggested putting them into a salad or sandwich. I did try the sandwich idea but thought they were a bit tough to chew. I decided a stir fry was the better way to go. I grabbed some shitake mushrooms and soba noodles as well and got to wok...uh, I mean work. tee-hee.
I used chicken in this recipe but tofu would be awesome as well. I think I'll go with tofu next time. It's nice to go meatless a few times a week.
I also had some dried morels in my freezer that I had been wanting to put into something yummy. I let them soak in some hot water for a few minutes to reconstitute them. They were a gift from the oh-so-talented, DoggyBloggy of Chez What?. If you haven't been over to Chez What? yet, be sure to stop over and check out all of the amazing goodness!
This stir fry was quick and easy. Great for a busy weeknight meal!
Pea Shoot and Shitake Soba Noodle Bowl
Serves about 4
2 boneless chicken breasts, thinly sliced (or extra firm tofu)
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp chili oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp honey or agave
1-2 Tbsp canola oil
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
1 cup sliced shitake mushrooms (I also added in about 10 small morels, sliced in half.)
4 oz pea shoots (This equaled about 3 cups.)
9 oz package soba noodles
black and toasted sesame seeds
Combine the chicken or tofu with marinade ingredients. Marinate for at least 15 minutes.
Cook soba noodles according to directions on package. Rinse briefly and toss with a bit of sesame oil.
Heat canola oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir fry about 30 seconds. Add the chicken or tofu, saving the marinade. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and stir fry for another 1-2 minutes. Add the marinade and stir fry for 2-3 more minutes. Add the pea shoots and stir-fry for about 1 more minute to wilt. Serve over hot soba noodles.
Garnish with black and toasted sesame seeds.
I am submitting my recipe for this month's Regional Recipe Challenge: Japan.
Hope you all are having a most lovely week!