Asian pears are now available anywhere...I found them at Wal-Mart! I've tried a whole lot of stir fry combinations (probably close to 200!) and this one from Eileen Yin-Fei Lo is truly phenomenal. The shallots, pears, asparagus and macadamia nuts go great together - I know it sounds odd but you've got to trust me on this one. Cook time includes marinade time.