So I'm watching a couple of minutes of the Cooking Channel, and there's this guy cooking vegetables and tofu in a clay pot, real fast, real pretty.
I don't have a clay pot.
But the food looked good. Green things, carrots, mushrooms, tons of thinly sliced garlic, chunks of fried tofu. Ooh, and all simmered in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, water, sesame oil and loads of black pepper.
I don't have a clay pot!
Well, yeah, but.
I do now.
We made our version of this dish today, and it was nice. The vegetables were overcooked (note: no need to parboil). There might have been too much sugar, and probably too much water. But it was a new, exhilarating technique, and for a couple of old white kids, very happy-making. Variations will ensue.
Cool thing is we got scared of blowing up the clay pot on the stove top and ended up buying a flame tamer for the electric burner that cost way more than the dear little pot itself. (A small pot — half a recipe — is good for two people if you also have rice and maybe something else... fortune cookies?)
The pot is supposed to soak in water for 24 hours, but jeepers. I think a few hours would suffice. I'll get back to you if I'm wrong on that, provided I can still type with ceramic shards in my eye.
I will try this again. Have to. Spent money on the rig.