Cook the Book: The Wok

I received J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's The Wok for Christmas and am working my way through it. I thought it'd be fun to keep a log of the recipes and how they went.

I have no rules for this. I will skip recipes that do not look appealing to me, but I will try to be adventurous. At first I was skipping the spicy recipes because I know the kids would not eat them, but I have shifted strategy there and will offer them a fried egg instead. If I know that even my wife would not enjoy it, I will probably skip that recipe.

Here are the recipes I have done so far:

  1. Velvet Chicken with Snap Peas and Lemon-Ginger Sauce
  2. Pico’s Not-So-Bland Chicken
  3. Gong Bao Ji Ding (Sichuan Chicken with Peanuts)
  4. Chicken with Basil, Chiles, and Fish Sauce
  5. Shredded Chicken with Pickled Chiles and Carrots
  6. Pickled Chiles
  7. Sliced Pork with Chives
  8. Stir-Fried Kimchi Pork
  9. Better-Than-My-Mom’s Chungking Pork
  10. Sichuan Double-Cooked Pork Belly
  11. Sliced Pork and Cucumber
  12. Moo Shu (Moo Shi) Mushrooms
  13. Mandarin Pancakes
  14. Thai-Style Stir-Fried Ground Pork with Basil (Pad Bai Horapa or Pad Ka-Prao)
  15. Extra-Crispy Fried Eggs
  16. Nam Pla Prik