Lady Fingers


When I was in New Jersey, I bought a pork belly at the Asian Market, thinking to make Shinae Robinson’s caramelized pork belly again.


And I did, but what I really wanted to make today was lady fingers/okra/gumbo.  That, and to use my new vegetable noodle making machine.  Roger’s going to love this 😀


You just stick the vegetable onto the machine and turn the handle.  I’m going to have so much fun with this 🙂  Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free people rejoice!  You can just eat the courgettes like this, in a salad or whatever you do AND it will be pretty!


Anyway.  Withered, meaning dry and shriveled.  Here’s the picture.


I found these sad ole things in the back of the refrigerator crisper and wondered if I should toss them and go to the store for regular scallions.  Nah, they cleaned up fine.


I need a bigger pantry and an Asian supply store located in Honesdale.  That way I need never worry about running out of Gekkeikan, the supreme Japanese sake.  Gold.  Or shichimi togarashi which must be in the Sens pantry  🙁


Okra seems so southern U.S. to me or Nigerian.  However, it is widely used in both East Asian and Indian cuisine because they know what’s good 🙂


I wanted to sprinkle some shichimi togarashi on my cooked lady fingers but I didn’t have any.


Instead I used some of my neighbor Caroline’s Spanish Rub.  It worked out fine.


I mixed in the courgette noodles with fresh udon noodles and fried tofu for a spicy stir fry. Mah-velous!  Inspiration for the recipe here.


To be honest, I did have a problem with the caramelized pork belly and it was the same problem I had last time.  I must be an idiot because I didn’t learn.  Way too much pork fat ends up in the sauce when it is cooked in cubes in the tajine.


The last time this happened, I resolved to cook the pork belly whole on a rack to burn off some of the fat for the first hour, then cube it and continue with the recipe.  I recommend you do this even if I didn’t.

Lady Fingers

1lb okra, trimmed and sliced diagonally

1 tbsp peanut oil

2 tbsp sake

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp soy sauce

Shichimi togarashi

Stir fry the okra on high in the hot peanut oil for 1 minute, add the sake and continue to stir fry for 1 minute,  Add the sugar and stir fry for 1 minute, then add the soy sauce and stir fry for 1 minute.

Sprinkle the okra with the shichimi before serving.


Spicy Udon with Courgette Noodles

1 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp chilli paste with garlic

2 tbsp lime juice

2-3 tbsp canned sweet red beans (yude adzuki)

2 tbsp soy sauce

3 single servings of fresh udon noodles

4 cups water

2 tbsp sesame oil

5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 1/2 cups courgettes noodles or ribbons

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup fried tofu, cubed

Mix together the sugar, chilli paste, lime juice, beans and soy sauce, then stir until the sugar has dissolved.  Set aside.

Bring the water to a boil, then drop in the noodles and boil for 2-3 minutes.  Drain and set aside, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.

Heat the sesame oil in a wok, then drop in the garlic and stir fry until aromatic.  Add the courgettes to the wok, season with the salt and stir fry for about 2 minutes.  Add the reserved noodles, water and chilli paste mixture to the wok, mixing well to heat.  Stir in the tofu and serve.












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23 Responses to Lady Fingers

  1. Mad Dog says:

    It sounds good to me, in spite of the fat. That’s a very fancy mandolin too 😉

  2. milkandbun says:

    What a cuty jar with rub! 🙂 Pork belly sounds always mouthwatering! 😀

  3. You’re on a roll this week – could eat this right now and I love the gadget!

  4. Glad you didn’t throw away the spring onions, Rosemary. They can almost always be rescued!

  5. You’re right….I’m mad for that little machine:)

  6. I love those “noodles”! So fun!

  7. What a great idea to make courgette noodles. This dish looks great!

  8. Mary Frances says:

    What a healthy alternative to plain pasta! I’ll have to try it soon!

  9. What a great recipe. I love the idea of sneakily adding veggies using that processor, but I bet they taste delicious. Thanks for the tip with the pork belly. I recently made a green curry roast pork belly and had the same problem with excess rendered fat. Will definitely give this a shot next time 😉

  10. I love your new gadget – I want one badly!! 😀

  11. Reblogged this on Foodfhonebook and commented:
    Great Recipe

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