Earl's Kung Pao (Protein of Your Choice)

"Earl's Restaurant in Canada makes the most amazing Kung Pao - it's on their menu as chicken, but I had it made vegetarian, and wow, is it fantastic! Make it however you like... at Earl's, you order by the number of peppers... 1 for mild, 6 for scorching... I like 6! *Note* The peppers are not eaten, they're cooked in the sauce, and then removed. Passed along to my by a friend who I ate there with... she mentions that if you cannot find the peppers, you can sub them with 2 tsp chili paste and 1 1/2 tsp chili flakes (to taste.)"
Earl's Kung Pao (Protein of Your Choice) created by Ridmintz
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  • 8 ounces tofu or 8 ounces chicken breasts, cubed into 1-inch cubes
  • Marinade

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar or 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 12 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Other

  • 4 cups vegetables, chopped (broccoli, snow peas, carrots, peppers, etc)
  • 375 g pasta (whole wheat or white) or 375 g noodles (dry)
  • 2 -8 small dried red chili peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon szechuan peppercorn (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons oil, for stir frying
  • 12 cup salted peanuts or 1/2 cup cashews
  • 3 drops sesame oil


  • Mix together the marinade, adding the cornstarch last, and whisking well until there are no lumps.
  • Cut the tofu or chicken into 1-inch cubes. Combine with the marinade ingredients. Marinate ½ - 1 hour.
  • While the tofu or chicken is marinating, prepare the sauce and vegetables. Set aside.
  • Heat wok over medium-high to high heat. Add 2 tbsp oil. When oil is hot, add tofu or chicken and marinade. Stir-fry until chicken is cooked or tofu is browned. Remove from the wok and set aside. Stir fry vegetables until tender crisp, and set aside.
  • Cook whole wheat pasta until al dente. Drain.
  • Add 2 tbsp oil to wok. When hot, add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds). Add the sauce, chili paste and hot pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Add cooked tofu or chicken, vegetables, green onions and nuts. Stir until hot. Remove from heat and add few drops of sesame oil.
  • Add sauce, vegetables, and chicken to pasta and toss. Garnish with extra nuts.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. Ridmintz
    Earl's Kung Pao (Protein of Your Choice) Created by Ridmintz
  2. Diana Adcock
    Another 5 star review! This was really, really good. I chicken, and my veg was broccoli, one cup of slaw mix, orange peppers and mushrooms. I added 1 tablespoon of chili paste as I like spicy. Easy to follow directions! What I really enjoyed was the leftovers-I had them for breakfast this morning ;-) Thank you for posting this yummy recipe!
  3. Maito
    This noodle dish was really good. I used a fourth the oil and sugar (for our tastes) and followed other reviewers and halved the noodles (but kept the rest of the ingredients the same for 2 people - and we had a little leftover).
  4. adopt a greyhound
    Thought I had tofu but ended up using chicken breast. Wasn't sure about the ingredients and the instructions. Confusing. paste and flakes? I only added 1/2 t. garlic sauce and should have added more. Will next time. Loved all the veggies.
  5. magpie diner
    This type of dish is among my favourite things to eat. There are a few steps, but they're all easy. I used some brown rice spaghetti and a mix of cabbage and carrots for veg. I've never put cornstarch in a tofu marinade before, good idea. The tofu was really tasty and just a little crispy on the outside.



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