Simply chicken teriyaki for a stressful day

Even I will admit: you may not want to “Take My Life and Eat It” on this one.  Or maybe you will.    Either way it’s been a crazy week and a crazy day today, summed up in one word: PLUMBING.  You don’t think about it, wonder how it works, or wonder where all that “stuff” goes…until it all goes bad.  And when it goes bad, does it go bad.

Chicken Teriyaki with garlicky gai lam
Chicken Teriyaki with garlicky gai lam

So, long story short: a pipe lining repair in the neighbors house overshot their section of the shared main drainage line and blocked me out.  The result: NO DRAINING for me.  It’s getting fixed now by the people who made the error, after some direct phone calls and heated exchanges.  It’s amazing how much energy is expended when we get our hackles, even for a moment.

The problem all went down right in the middle of me prepping for lunch of course.  The flame was turned off several times, as I went running out to figure out what was going on or to bang on the neighbors door.    I have no idea why I was even attempting to cook in the midst of this crisis.  Oh yeah, I was hungry.  Very hungry.


This recipe is from Sam the Cooking Guy’s website.  I amped it up with oyster mushrooms and LOTS of extra ginger and garlic.  The garlicky gai lam (Chinese broccoli) I got at the Korean market was a great side to it as well.  Just chop into inch long pieces, sauté on high some garlic for a minute in peanut oil, and add the gai lam until slightly charred.


The recipe for the chicken is as follows: from (

Simply Terikayi Chicken

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 bunch green onions, 1/2 of them cut into 1 inch pieces and the rest finely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped fine (or like 4-5 if you like garlic. I do)
  • 1-1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped (or 2 inches…mmmmm ginger!!)
  • 1 lb chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4-1/3 cup bottled teriyaki sauce (I used Fresh and Easy all natural variety)


  1. Add oil to pan or wok and heat until almost smoking
  2. Add green onion, garlic & ginger – stir fry 2 minutes, remove from pan
  3. Get pan super hot, add a little more oil and ddd chicken
  4. Cook quickly until almost done then add vegetables and and sauce
  5. Mix all together well until heated through and serve on steamed rice
  6. Topped with finely chopped green onion

In the end, everything is going to turn out ok and I will eventually have working plumbing There are also some lessons to be learned here, as in everything I suppose.  First, take care of you home.  It’s where you live.  Secondly, stand your ground firmly but politely – get fixed what has been done incorrectly by others.  Thirdly, treat others with kindness and respect, no matter the situation.  And lastly, and most importantly, there is ALWAYS room for good food!


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