Cooking with bits and pieces

So, I mentioned the other day that I made a huge pot of broth by simmering scrap bones primarily to make my a la zuppa Toscana. homemade broth

I also mentioned that I poured the cooled broth into separate containers which went into the freezer. I will use the broth, one container at a time, when I want to make soup in the coming days.

Let me now show you what I did with the substantial amount of beef that I was able to pick from the scrap bones. homemade broth

How that not-so-good looking stuff in the photo above became the much prettier, and very flavorful, dish that you see in the photo below. Beef, tofu and bok choy stir fry

You know how long it took to make a stir fry out of the scrap meat? Fifteen minutes including the time it took to pull the meat off the bones.

Recipe: Beef, tofu and Chinese cabbage stir fry


  • 1 tbsp. of cooking oil
  • about 1 c. of cooked beef, torn into small pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. of light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. of patis (fish sauce)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp. of sugar
  • 1 block of soft (silken) tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp. of chili garlic sauce (see photo)
  • a bunch of Chinese cabbage (whatever variety you prefer), cut into one-inch pieces, stalks and leaves separated
  • crisp fried onion slices, to garnish (optional)


  1. Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan.
  3. Add the beef and onion and stir fry over high heat for about a minute.
  5. Add the tofu cubes. Season with soy sauce, fish sauce, lemon juice and sugar. Stir lightly and cook for 30 seconds.
  7. Add the stalks of the Chinese cabbage since they require a longer cooking time than the leaves. Stir. Cook for 30 seconds.
  9. Add the chili garlic sauce (you can actually add it earlier, along with the soy sauce, etc.). Stir.
  11. Add the leaves. Stir. Cook for another 30 seconds. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  13. Serve hot over rice.
  14. Beef, tofu and bok choy stir fry

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2 to 3


  1. Ellen Larua says

    My italian employer and her only daughter loves so much with this food and its excellent . More power to you and hope more recipes to come . God bless.

  2. Ellen Larua says

    Yes…actually we are in Istanbul,Turkey nd y employer loves to eat cuisine cially the stir fries food.