To this day, I still get excited when my mom pulls out the wok.  When the wok comes out, I know to expect something good for dinner.  My favorite thing she would make (and still makes when I come home) was Hekka.  Hekka is a Japanese Hawaiian stir fry.  Mom used to make it with strips of steak.  Now she veganizes it for me.  We  just nix the steak and feast on the awesome veggies.  I add portobello mushrooms to help mimic the meatiness.  So here is how to make the best stir fry (and one of my favorite meals) in the world. And psst, don’t tell anyone but it is REALLY healthy!


  • Broccoli
  • Napa Cabbage (cut into strips)
  • Matchstick Carrots
  • Shitaki Mushrooms
  • Portobello Mushrooms (cut in strips like steak)
  • Spinach
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Shōyu or Tamari
  • Corn Starch

In a wok with oil stir fry veggies.  Add broccoli and spinach last, so they don’t over cook.  When thickening and to season, make a slurry of  Shōyu or Tamari with the cornstarch in order to add to stir fry.

Serve over Steamed Jasmine Rice.  Asian Cucumber Salad makes a great starter to this meal.

About Living Well

I am a vegan who loves food and loves life. Why am I vegan? Vegan living seemed to be a holistic way to live. Choosing to live as a vegan is helping me to live more environmentally conscious, more ethically, and more healthy. That said, I still wanted to be able to have foods that I loved. This site will be a place that I share ideas on living well and share vegan recipes. Some recipes are naturally vegan; other recipes I will take and veganize them. My influences in cooking are from my Granny (who is now 96 years old) who taught me how to make homemade buttermilk biscuits, syrup cookies, okra, and other southern comfort favorites; my mom, who knows how to host, and from living in places like London, Spain, and Costa Rica. When I am not cooking I am a professional artist. Cooking is just one more way I get to be creative. May these recipes inspire you, and may they always be delicious! P.S. If you want to check out my art, you can visit my website at: www.GraceWorksStudio.org.

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