At times it seems we learn more from our mistakes than our successes. It may be melodramatic to call it a “wok disaster” if I actually ate the meal, but it felt like a “disaster”. I apologize in advance to those of you who have survived tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis. I have not survived those, so I still use that word with casual abandon.
MISTAKE #1: I waited until I was absolutely starving before I started cooking, and that led me to….
MISTAKE #2: Even knowing that wok cooking goes quickly, I failed to have all ingredients ready to go into the wok before cooking, which led me to…..
MISTAKE #3: Charred ginger and garlic (the first step in the recipe)…..
MISTAKE #4: I continued on cooking despite charring the garlic and ginger, hoping somehow it would be lost in the dish. It wasn’t. (Note to self: Next time stop, scrub the pan, then start over.)
FINAL RESULT: A reasonable meal, which had pieces of charcoal in it that needed to be picked out or spit out, and a kitchen that smelled like a kitchen fire for several days. Not exactly appetizing.
I didn’t photograph the charcoal bits.