Cook the Book: The Wok

I am cooking my way through J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s _The Wok_ cookbook and taking notes along the way.

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
  17. Beef with Broccoli
  18. Ginger Beef (with or without Snow Peas)
  19. Shredded Beef with Hot Peppers and Chiles
  20. Thai-Style Beef with Basil and Fish Sauce
  21. Fried Shallots
  22. Pepper Steak
  23. Cumin Lamb
  24. Stir-Fried Fish with Wood Ear, Celery, and Oyster Sauce
  25. Stir-Fried Fish with Ginger and Scallions
  26. Peel-and-Eat Shrimp with Garlic, Scallions, and Chiles
  27. Soy and Fragrant Oil Dipping Sauce
  28. Kung Pao Shrimp
  29. Shrimp- or Fish-Stuffed Chiles in Black Bean Sauce
  30. Slippery Egg with Mushrooms
  31. Shrimp with Lobster Sauce
  32. Creamy Layered Scrambled Eggs (Whampoa Eggs)
  33. Home-Style Tomato and Scrambled Eggs
  34. Stir-Fried Corn and Mushrooms with Hot Peppers and Soy Butter
  35. Khai Jiao (Thai-Style Omelet)
  36. Tiger-Skin Peppers
  37. Sichuan-Style Blistered Green Beans
  38. Soy-Glazed Mushrooms
  39. Hot and Numbing Spice Blend
  40. Stir-Fried New Potatoes with Hot and Numbing Spices
  41. Korean Stir-Fried Shredded Potatoes (Gamjachae Bokkeum)
  42. Sichuan-Style Hot and Sour Stir-Fried Shredded Potatoes
  43. Cantonese-Style Clams in Black Bean Sauce
  44. Sichuan-Style Fish-Fragrant Eggplant
  45. Stir-Fried Eggplant with Sake and Miso
  46. Slippery Egg with Beef
  47. Clams with Garlic, Sake, and Butter
  48. Stir-Fried Kabocha Squash with Sake and Miso
  49. Smoky Bok Choy with Garlic Sauce
  50. Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage with Vinegar and Chiles
  51. Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce
  52. Pad Khana Bacon Krop (Thai-Style Stir-Fried Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce and Bacon)
  53. Snow Pea Shoots with Lobster Sauce (with or without Crabmeat)
  54. San Choi Bao
  55. Gireum Tteobokki (Stir-Fried Korean Rice Cakes and Korean Chile Paste)
  56. Rice Cakes with Pork, Shrimp, Pine Nuts, and Vegetables
  57. Tamago-Kake Gohan
  58. Oyakodon
  59. Basic Dashi
  60. Homemade Furikake from Spent Katsuobushi
  61. Gyudon
  62. Japanese Katsu
  63. Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce
  64. Katsudon
  65. Sanshoku Don
  66. Miso-Glazed Broiled Black Cod or Salmon
  67. Nasu Dengaku (Broiled Miso Eggplant)
  68. Bibimbap
  69. Bibimbap Sauce
  70. Basic Congee (with “The Mix”)
  71. Thai-Style Jok with Pork Meatballs
  72. Prik Nam Som
  73. Cheesy Congee with Bacon, Charred Corn, Scallions, and Cilantro
  74. Congee with Wilted Lettuce and Mushrooms
  75. Dakjuk (Korean-Style Congee with Chicken and Vegetables)
  76. Congee with Pumpkin and Pine Nuts
  77. Mushroom and Spring Vegetable Congee
  78. Congee with Shrimp, Saffron, and Spanish Chorizo
  79. Basic Vegetable and Egg Fried Rice
  80. Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
  81. Egg Fried Rice with “The Mix”
  82. Blistered Green Bean Fried Rice