Alex made wontons, there was excess filling which I cooked into a stir fry. What we didn’t finish, I combined with scrambled eggs the next day. In short, this dish of scrambled eggs with pork and cucumber came to be by recycling leftovers twice.
So, yes, it started with wontons. The filling was ground pork, chopped vegetables, garlic, ginger, chopped black fungus and seasonings including sesame seed oil. Alex used about half of the filling to make wontons for a single meal for three people. Then, she stored the excess in the fridge.
The next day, I browned the mixture in a little oil and tossed in sliced cucumbers that had been sprinkled with salt and pressed to remove excess moisture. I did not add any other seasonings because the ground pork mixture was already perfectly seasoned. However, I did add corn starch dispersed in seasoned bone broth to make a sauce.
The stir fry that resulted was delicious — a variation of the chili ground pork and cucumber stir fry in the archive. I served it with a chunky soup that was so filling that we didn’t finish the stir fry. I kept the leftover in an airtight container and popped it in the fridge.
Then, the following day, I recycled the stir fry into a new dish.
I started by reheating the stir fry. Very gently so as not to make the cucumber slices too mushy. I wanted them to retain as much crispness as possible.
I beat a couple of eggs with salt and pepper then drizzled the eggs over the stir fry which was starting to bubble.
Over low heat, I stirred the eggs into the stir fry just until set.
The trick, really, is to not overcook the eggs so that some of the sauce still separates from the solids. Scoop the mixture over rice and enjoy!
No, there is no recipe to go with this post. How can I have one — by saying that, first, you have to make wontons and to make sure you have excess filling, you use the filling to make a stir fry, again making sure that there are leftovers to which you can add eggs later?
Ridiculous, isn’t it?
However, if you read this post carefully, you will know that there are leftovers that can be recycled into a new dish just by adding eggs. Because, seriously, who wants reheated leftovers again and again? The trick is to modify that leftovers so that you create a dish which has new colors, texture and added flavors.
Does that mean that all stir fries can be recycled by adding eggs? No, I didn’t say that. It all depends on whether the reheated stir fry will benefit from the creaminess of beaten eggs cooked into a still-jiggly state.
A few examples of stir fried dishes that can be reheated and stirred with beaten eggs:
I DO NOT recommend adding eggs to stir fries that include fruit among the ingredients. Like? Oh, like Spicy Stir Fried Chicken and Fresh Mangoes. I don’t recommend adding beaten eggs to stir fried noodles either — well, unless you cook the eggs separately, chop them up then add to reheated stir fried noodles. Great extender to feed more people. Brand new look for the recycled leftover too.
And those are just a few ideas. Once you start acquiring the mindset that there is a lot more than you can do with leftovers other than reheating them, I’m sure you’ll come up with more inspiration.