Dinner tonight - quick, easy, nutritious, family-pleaser, and delicious. Not too bad huh? I was in the mood for something vegetarian, but you could easily substitute tofu, beef, pork, or chicken for the seitan here. In fact, I usually make this stir fry with nice thin strips of top round beef.
I don't have that much more to say today. Actually, in the spirit of honesty, I am in a bit of a hurry. You see, I made up the recipe as I went along (however, I actually stopped to measure so I could post a decent recipe) and so I need to get this down before I forget what I actually did. This is a pretty standard master recipe for me, but I do tweak it a bit mostly depending on the spice tolerance of the eaters. Since it was family dinner for us, spice level = 0. J and I had to supplement with some Sriracha sauce on the side. Anyway, what's the big hurry, you ask? Well, you see, I Tivo'ed (is this a verb now, like 'Googled'?) Barack Obama's first press conference since becoming President-elect and I can't wait to go watch it with J. Ok in the spirit of complete honesty, I've already seen it, but I think I will watch it again....
So quickly, back to the recipe..
Stir-Fried Broccoli and Seitan with Oyster Sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp chinese shao xing wine (or dry sherry will do)
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp red-chili flakes (optional)
1 lb seitan (or other protein), sliced thin
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp peanut oil
1 1/2 lbs broccoli (florets and stems separated and cut into bite size pieces)
2 celery stalks, cut into 1/2 inch pieces on the bias
1 small onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
5 garlic cloves, minced fine
1/3 cup water
1. To make the sauce, whisk all the ingredients together.
2. For the stir fry, mix the seitan with the soy sauce and set aside.
3. Add 1 tsp peanut oil to the wok and swirl to coat. Add the seitan and stir fry for 1 - 2 minutes, till you see nice browning. Take the seitan out and set aside.
4. Add 1 tsp peanut oil to the wok. Add the onions, celery, and bell pepper, and stir fry on high heat for 1 minute or just until you see slight blistering on the vegetables. Scoop vegetables out and set aside.
5. Add last teaspoon of oil to the wok. Add the ginger and garlic. Stir fry for 30 seconds till aromatic. Add the broccoli and stir fry on high heat for 1 minute. Now add the water, cover and steam for about 2 minutes, or just until broccoli turns bright green and crisp-tender. Please do not overcook.
6. Add the seitan and onion mixture back to the wok. Pour the sauce on top and toss to combine. Cook 30 seconds more, or just until sauce thickens. Serve immediately over steamed rice.