This Tofu Stir Fry with mushrooms and Chinese peas has got me doing the happy dance, and I thank The Kitchn from the bottom of my heart for the tip on using cornstarch to give the tofu the perfect crispy outer coating. Delicious!
Tofu Stir Fry reminds me of the dish I used to order at Patti's Chinese Kitchen in the Ala Moana mall on Oahu.
Probably my favorite menu item there.
It has been way too long (nearly 10 years!) since I've been to Hawaii, and my cousin tells me Patti's Chinese Kitchen closed "years ago."
I'm always the last to know. Patti -- how could you leave me???!
I was born in Hawaii, but our family moved when I was still a baby.
I was 11 years old the first time I returned -- the summer of 1973. What a magical vacation that was -- all THREE MONTHS of it!
My parents. So clever!
Yes. As I look back after raising two daughters, I can fully appreciate what my parents accomplished.
Those little love birds managed to ship all FOUR of their children (ages 9 to 17) off to live with our aunt, uncle and cousins for the summer. Way to go, Mom and Dad! Hope you enjoyed your second honeymoon!
It was an action-packed summer -- hiking, swimming, exploring, watching American Graffiti more than once, and the Jackson Five concert!
We loved spending time at the beach with our cousins and getting to know our grandparents and all the other relatives we have there.
I'm convinced my aunt and uncle are saints. A total of eight kids in the house for the summer. Can you imagine?!
So many memories of that glorious summer -- the smell of suntan oil, the sound of the ocean, marathon evening ping pong competitions on our aunt and uncle's lanai, the accompanying itch from mosquito bites incurred during that time on the lanai and the tofu stir fry at Patti's Chinese Kitchen.
I hope you like this dish as much as I do!