Alex Marsalek on Challenge No. 1

  • Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Alex Marsalek made Sweet and Spicy Asian Stir Fry.

    Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Alex Marsalek made Sweet and Spicy Asian Stir Fry. COURTESY OF ALEX MARSALEK

 
Updated 10/8/2019 12:46 PM

I prepared a Sweet and Spicy Asian Stir Fry.

Alex Marsalek
Alex Marsalek

I chose this dish because when I found out what the monk fruit is, I thought about a sweet and spicy sauce and then evolved that idea into the whole meal.

My initial reaction to the secret ingredients was a little puzzled. The other three were familiar enough, but I had never used monk fruit before, so I did not know what it was. I read the label and tried a drop of it to taste what it was like. It was super sweet, so I knew I would have to find a way to cut down the sweetness.

I like spicy food, and I know that sweet and heat go together great. The sweetness cuts down the heat and vice versa.

The high of this experience was seeing the final dish. It was a challenge, but it was fun to work through it and see the end product. Seeing the final pictures and having people taste it and like it was very rewarding.

-- Alex Marsalek

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