kung pao tofu and shrimp

mood: contumelious
listening to: animals as leaders :: tempting time/the price of everything and the value of nothing

i've always loved kung pao chicken... i mean who doesn't. i've tried kung pao beef and pork before, but it just didn't compare. pf changs introduced me to kung pao scallops which are amazing, but i wanted to see if there was a way to infuse something different that i hadn't seen before. i decided to try working with tofu as i've done some stuff with it before, but it's never quite come out the way that i've wanted. the same can be said for shrimp, but one thing that i saw in the store that i've never used before was bok choy. i have to say that i'm a fan and going to finding some more uses for it in the future.

2 bok choy, stem cut off and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, long slices
1 orange bell pepper, long slices
1/2 medium onion, long slices
4 green onions, sliced
1 tbsp of fresh ginger, minced
4 large garlic cloves, sliced
1 small can of water chestnuts
4 tbsp of cilantro, diced
pinch of fennel
handful of peanuts
3 tbsp of canola oil
sriracha sauce
2 tbsp white cooking wine
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp of cornstarch mixed with water
extra firm tofu, 1 in. cubes
cooked/peeled shrimp, tails removed

Kung Pao Sauce:
3 tbsp white cooking wine
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp of cornstarch mixed with water
3 tbsp distilled white vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp of garlic chili paste

Marinade Preparation:
- mix cooking wine, soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch/water mixture together
- put tofu and shrimp in a medium size bowl and coat with marinade
- mix all items, cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes

Kung Pao Sauce Preparation:
- mix cooking wine, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, brown sugar, chili paste and cornstarch/water mixture together and set aside.

Main Dish Preparation:
- preheat oven to 350°
- cut bottom stem off bok choy and rinse under water
- remove tofu from bowl with slotted spoon and place on a baking sheet
- place tofu into oven for 10-12 minutes
- remove shrimp and put into a pan and cook on medium-low heat
- in a large wok, heat canola oil and fennel seed on medium
- add in garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds
- add in peppers, onions, bok choy, water chestnuts and cilantro and cook for a few minutes
- pour in kung pao sauce and peanuts and then add in baked tofu (which should be slightly browned) and shrimp and mix together
- cook and mix for another 5 minutes
- add salt for taste and serve with brown rice

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