The Woks of Life

Asian-inspired food blog The Woks of Life began as a way to record old family recipes and new ideas. Sarah Leung; her sister, Kaitlin; and their parents, Bill and Judy, use the blog to communicate, tell stories, and share food across distances.
Recipe: Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry
Vegetarians will rejoice. (And so will die-hard carnivores).
Jan 29, 2020
A Week of Easy Stir-Fried Dinners, Served with Rice
As a Chinese-American girl growing up on everything from pot roast and pasta to tofu and stir-fries, I’ve always had a rather eclectic appreciation for food. But for those really busy workweeks, I always find myself — in an unironically stereotypical sort of way — coming back to one basic strategy from my Chinese roots. I call it the “serve with rice” strategy.
Sep 12, 2019
Recipe: Seared Salmon with Soy, Scallions, and Ginger
Coming from a Cantonese background on my father’s side, I’m no stranger to seafood dishes involving copious amounts of scallions and ginger. It is absolutely one of the best flavor combinations known to man. Traditionally, scallions and ginger are often made into a paste with oil and salt and served with chicken, or stir-fried with shrimp, lobster, or crab.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
So you have some leftover rice from your week of awesome “serve with rice” dishes. Know what that means? It’s time for fried rice — the perfect vehicle to use up any and all leftover rice in your fridge. In fact, it’s time for one of our simplest, most flavorful fried rice dishes: bacon and egg fried rice.
Oct 9, 2015
Recipe: Quick and Easy Basil Beef
I have a minor obsession with this basil beef; it is an absolutely perfect weeknight meal. Not only will it make you eschew takeout menus for years to come, but you’ll also be able to make it in 15 minutes flat with only 10 ingredients. If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is. For me, this dish has that incredibly comforting, all-is-right-with-the-world quality that can make me feel better after a long day.
Oct 7, 2015
Recipe: Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry
I love a simple stir-fry that combines one protein and one vegetable; not only is it easy to prepare, but it’s also an entire meal when served with a bowl of rice. No need to prepare a side dish! Because let’s face it — sometimes we just don’t have time for that. The great thing about this dish is that it can be made from start to finish in just 20 minutes.
Oct 6, 2015