Family-Style Steamed Veggies & Tofu Serves 4 To make this recipe you'll need a two-tier, 10-inch bamboo steamer and a wok. Everything gets piled into the steamer (quicker cooking ingredients go into the top tier) and quickly cooked over a wok partially filled with boiling water. This traditional Chinese cooking method is fast, simple and requires no added fat.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
1 8-ounce package udon noodles
1/2 pound asparagus, sliced diagonally
2 carrots, sliced 1/8-inch thick
1/2 pound sugar peas, trimmed
1/2 pound spinach, cleaned
1 pound firm tofu, sliced into
Tamari Ginger Dipping Sauce
1/3 cup tamari or soy sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon gingerroot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1. Combine ingredients for Tamari Ginger Dipping Sauce in a jar and shake well.
2. Prepare noodles according to package directions. Cook just until al dente; noodles will finish cooking in the steamer.
3. Fill wok with water to within 1 inch of bottom of bamboo steamer and bring to a boil. Line the bottom of each steamer basket with Napa cabbage to keep food from sticking. Place asparagus, carrots and sugar peas in bottom tier. Place noodles, tofu and spinach in top tier and cover with lid.
4. When the water reaches a rapid boil, place covered stacked baskets on wok. Reduce heat to keep water at a gentle boil. Steam 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove bamboo steamer to a large platter and serve.