If Thai and Chinese food went to a bachelor party this weekend, got really drunk, and ended up making a baby…this would be it.


Speaking of bachelor parties, The.Boy attended one on Saturday and we are currently crossing our fingers that he is neither the Thai nor the Chinese food in the aforementioned scenario, but the lonely bystander who none of strippers wanted to play with adorable Greek boy who spent the entire time pining for his girlfriend.


I mean, he claims that he did not see a single naked woman, professional clothes-taker-offer or otherwise.Β  But then he also claims that the go-cart racing they did that morning was “so cool” and “the best”.

So either that’s code for some kind of licentious activity…or he and his friend have a vaguely deranged idea of “fun”.Β  I’m banking on the latter.


Anyways. Let’s get back to this illegitimate child of a stir fry, shall we?

Given the circumstances of it’s conception, it is miraculously wholesome and filled with so much green I can hardly take it!Β  Except…I can. I can take a few bowls of it thankyouverymuch.


It is all salty-sweet from the hoisin sauce and fresh-flavored from the mint and basil, while being so full of veggie goodness that you can almost feel yourself getting healthier with every bite.

“Out of darkness, comes light”. Or something like that.


One year ago…Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes with Mango Ginger Curd Filling
Two years ago…Carrot Cake Cookies, Cranberry Bean and Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Gouda, Summer Squash and Corn Pasta
Three years ago…Pesto Rice Salad and Spicy Stuffed Peppers
Four years ago…Garlic-Smashed Potato Salad (seriously…the best potato salad. ever.), Spicy Cilantro Slaw, Garlic Scape Pesto

Green-Packed Stir Fry with Fresh Herbs
Serves 4, adapted from Super Natural Cooking


  • sesame oil
  • 12 oz extra firm tofu, cut into 1-inch long and pencil-thick slices
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 scallions, chopped
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 small red chiles, chopped
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1/2 lb spinach leaves, stemmed
  • grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, slivered
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, slivered
  • fine sea salt


  1. Prep all of your ingredients first. When they are all ready to go, heat a small splash of sesame oil in a wok or large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add in the tofu and cook for a few minutes, or until the tofu is golden, flipping once so both sides get browned. Remove from the pan to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Add another splash of oil and add the garlic, scallions, chiles and asparagus. Stir for 2 minutes. Add in the spinach. Stir until spinach wilts . Return the tofu to the pan. Stir in the lime zest and juice, and the hoisin sauce. Cook for another minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint and basil. Season to taste with salt.


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61 Responses to Green-Packed Stir Fry with Fresh Herbs

  1. You crack me up! This “illegitimate child” looks delicious to me!

  2. Ha! This looks awesome, friend! Gotta love it when Chinese + Thai food make babies. Also, as if the.boy didn’t see any bare breasted women! I say “lucky” actually. You never know where those bare breasts have been…ever.

  3. Yum! As soon as you said hoisin, I knew I recognized this! I have made this with chickpeas instead of the tofu.. delicious! I like how you served it with bulgur. πŸ™‚

    Strippers at bachelor parties… does that even happen in real life? πŸ˜‰ I totally buy the go-karting excuse… I mean, do children of NYC even learn how to drive real cars? HAHAHA. πŸ˜‰

  4. Foodycat says:

    I would love a bowl of that! So nutritious and delicious!

  5. Abby says:

    why haven’t I been putting mint in stir fry before? Yum! This sounds delicious. I hope Thai food and Chinese food continue a long and healthy relationship πŸ˜‰

  6. Audra says:

    I really would love to come over for some of your amazing cooking. I’ll bring dessert does that sound good? This stir-fry sounds unbelievable!

  7. marie says:

    101 cookbooks was one of the very first blogs I ever read, Heidi is wonderful, looks like a truly yummy and healthy recipe.

  8. Johanna GGG says:

    love all the greens and your wonderful writing – I just hope that the boy arrived home from the bachelor party and said none of the food was as good as you make dahling!

  9. Erica Berman says:

    Yum, this looks amazing!!

  10. Amy says:

    Hahaha. It’s been so long since I went to a bachelorette party, I forgot people still do those! When Paul and I got married, his best friend arranged an entire day with his buddies golfing. And beer. But no nakedness. Whew.

  11. Stir fry love child sound like a crazy song title – and a crazy delicious dish!

  12. You are so funny! This looks great I love a good stir fry!

  13. this sounds so good Joanne, I love the flavours!

  14. Tofu and asparagus…both are my favourites!

  15. Beth says:

    Go-cart racing is the kind of stag activity that even the pined-for girlfriend would approve of. Love this stir fry!

  16. Haha illegitimate stir fry child. It looks tasty! I actually have two bachelorette parties back to back weekends coming up. I’m going to be one tired lady!

  17. cquek says:

    Good golly these sound amazing!!

  18. Such a gorgeous, healthy stir fry for the summer! I love it, Joanne!

  19. haha love your description of this stir fry, joanne! sounds amazing.

  20. Eileen says:

    This is the kind of dinner I like best: fast, easy. tasty, and crammed with all the veg. Hooray!

  21. Ashley says:

    LOVE tofu, and love all of the greens you packed into this dish!

  22. Sippity Sup says:

    Don’t worry I think strippers went out of fashion even at bachelor parties. GREG

  23. It’s a guy thing my husband and his friends love go-carts, they even have their own track and hold races every Friday…lol! But, that beats sitting at a bar! This green illegitimate child looks so good and so healthy! Yum!

  24. Lynn says:

    That first line made me laugh out loud! Good looking eats there.

  25. Dixya says:

    your posts are always so fun to read πŸ™‚ this is a great meatless monday recipe

  26. Amy says:

    LOL….I love the Thai and Chinese got drunk and made a baby story for the creation of this dish. πŸ˜› Thai and Chinese are both, my favorites cuisines. πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to give this a try.

  27. ooooh, mint and basil sound great. I don’t know why I’ve never thought to add fresh herbs to stir-fry.
    Is that bulgur you’ve served it over? Looks nice and nutty.

  28. That Girl says:

    I have to be in the mood for Chinese food, but I always love Thai! This is a great compromise.

  29. I have to say, most of the supposedly ‘naughty’ parties I have heard about or witnessed have tended to be pretty dull–a girl I knew was a stripper to put herself through school, btw, and she was quite normal and business-like about the whole affair!

  30. Debbie says:

    Thank you and thank you again for a vegan recipe!!! Yay!!!! Pinning and making!!! Have you ever made vegan cupcakes? I haven’t made them yet but I did have one yesterday that was sooo good. Got in in DC (I’m about a half hour south) and it was a cookies and cream one. Wow…was it good.

  31. Two of my absolute favorite cuisines combined – love it!

  32. Dining Alone says:

    That looks like a combo I can totally get behind. I am sure your boy had good, clean, wholesome fun. right?!

  33. Gloria Baker says:

    Look delicious Joanne!!

  34. One of the best things of making stir fry’s is they are sauce creative.
    Doesn’t matter what you have or don’t have in the spice and condiment cupboard–any spice will do really.
    I’ve had only hoisin sauce and maple syrup left and yet I made it work nicely into a stir fry. Well that and a little rice wine vinegar help.

  35. I love tofu and greens. I’m always looking for new ideas to make them and this sounds perfect! Great post Joanne.

  36. Pam says:

    I bet he was a good boy.

    I too could eat a few bowls of this illegitimate child of a stir fry. Looks tasty!

  37. P says:

    I’m about to go make some tempeh & steamed veggies for dinner but I am now wishing I had some good tofu blocks. This looks so good :)!

  38. OohLookBel says:

    I’ve never been a fan of stir fries because the meat/chicken is usually all dried out. However, I just love tofu stir fries, and the combination of flavours you have going in this one has me drooling (not a pretty sight, but it’s a compliment to you!)

  39. This is exactly the kind of dish I need in my life after those three cookies I ate for breakfast. Loving all the green goodness.

  40. I love pretty much anything green and especially meals with tons of green in them, and while I’m not a big fan of Chinese food, I love Thai and I think their baby would take more of the Thai parent’s dominant traits, so I would love it! πŸ™‚

  41. Monica says:

    Thai and Chinese combo sounds good off the bat. I adore stir fry and this sounds wonderful.

  42. Christine says:

    You’re really rockin’ the greens with this dish. The flavors really sound wonderful together!

  43. Hannah says:

    That looks positively glorious. Anything with such flavorful greens has my attention, and serving the whole mix over bulgur was positively inspired. I’ve had a box of the stuff sitting around for ages, and I just never know what to pair it with. Problem solved! Even if it’s not my favorite starch, I’m sure it would be delicious as long as I had this stir fry on top.

  44. Delicious sounding recipe and yes, go kart racing is fun!

  45. Oh girl, you crack me up. πŸ™‚ This is outrageously healthy sounding – but scrumptious too with all those light and vivid flavors. Yum! πŸ™‚

  46. Hotly Spiced says:

    Bachelor parties always fill me with dread but one where you go go-cart racing seems so much better than those ones that go late into the night with lots of bar-hopping where thoughtful mates organise strippers etc. I love your clash of cultures in this dish – great flavours to be sure xx

  47. Kari says:

    I’ll take it too thankyouverymuch, illegitimate or not πŸ™‚

  48. Jessie says:

    I burst out laughing at the image of food at a bachelor party, having a baby – if I wake up Peter, it’s totally your fault. Still, this stir fry is totally worth it. I love dishes packed with flavor that are healthy, too πŸ™‚

    I think Peter’s idea of a perfect bachelor party is board games and a glass of milk before bed (not kidding!).

  49. Katerina says:

    This must burst with flavors Joanne and I always thought bachelor’s parties are overestimated!

  50. haha, too funny. mike went to his brothers bachelor party a few weeks ago… i didn’t ask too many questions. probably wouldn’t want to know πŸ˜‰ Love all the greens in this stirfry, looks delicious!

  51. tigerfish says:

    This baby of Thai-Chinese heritage is perfect for me πŸ™‚

  52. Reeni Pisano says:

    Go cart racing sounds way more fun than looking at some gross strippers! Heehee But then again I’d rather be eating this delicious fusion dish with you than doing either of those!

  53. Honey says:

    So delicious.. Is that quinoa? You and I have very similar taste palettes.. this is totally something I would maek and ten flavor it with Asian sauces.

  54. Kalyn Denny says:

    I love the idea of a Thai/Chinese baby and wow does this ever look good!

  55. Chris says:

    Man, I hate it when my food gets drunk and copulates πŸ˜‰

  56. Melissa says:

    I share your bachelor party worries! My fiance’s is coming up and I am not looking forward to it! This recipe is perfect for the tofu hanging out in my fridge right now.

  57. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Yum! I adore stir-fry and this one you made looks incredible πŸ™‚ can’t wait to try it for myself!

  58. I have read all that, so now me also commenting at this place. Mouth watering ?

  59. Whit says:

    This was awesome. Thanks for proving that healthy can definitely be synonymous with tasty!

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