Sunday, 10 August 2014

Tofu, string beans and shrimp stir fry

When the tv commercial featured a movie preview for the fault in our stars my thoughts were 'here we go again another teenage romance flick' with predictable lines and an even more predictable ending. I dismissed the film but submitted in to a persuasive recommendation from friends who lured me in to reading the novel, i must say i'm hooked.


The characters are well profiled and the philosophical tone in the book provokes you to view your past life differently. The author (John Green) provides a new appreciation for things we tend to overlook- our childhood  innocence, indulging in books to take you away from reality, sharing secrets with new found friends and the excitement of traveling for the first time.

string beans and tofu in pan

Hazel (the main character) was given one wish during her time of illness and it made me wonder what my wish would be before i left the world. It is a difficult thought and while my selfish side would say a trip to Tuscany and having dinner with my favourite author of horror Stephen King, i feel a philanthropic approach would be more noble. I just might get back to you on that one, in the meantime i'm digging in to this stir fry lunch and finishing off the novel!

string beans and tofu stir fry bowl

Items You Need:

- 1 packet of firm tofu (found in your local grocer) cut in cubes
- A handful of string beans (washed and roughly chopped)
- 1 Tablespoon of dried salted shrimp (found in the asian food aisle of your local grocer)
- 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
- 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil

What's Next?

1. Place the oil in a non stick pan and fry the tofu cubes. Leave the cubes frying on one side for 5 minutes before tossing. This will ensure a nice brown colour.

2. Remove the tofu and set aside. Add the string beans, shrimp and fish sauce to the pan. You will notice that the beans is starting to dry, add one tablespoon of water and continue to fry.

3. Add the garlic and tofu back in to the pan and stir fry all together for a further five minutes.


  1. G'day! Sounds very healthy! Love tofu!
    Cheers! Joanne

    1. Thanks so much Joanne! I love tofu as well and its so delicious for meatless Mondays :)

  2. I enjoyed the review and definitely need to try this recipe, it looks wonderful! Did I miss the name of the book? And Stephen King, it's been years since I read his novels. What is his latest?

    1. Hi Debi! i love Stephen King...such a great classic i think his new one is called Revival which just got released. The novel i'm reading at the moment is called 'The fault in our stars' by John Green. I promise its a great read- let me know if you get a chance to read it! ;)