Monday, August 2, 2010

Cracked Coriander Seed and Chai Tea-Rubbed Vegan Steak Lo Mein


I'm turning into motherfucking June Cleaver. First, marriage, now we're moving to a house...in The Valley. That's right. The San Fernando Valley. Have I lost my mind? No. I've been trying to find it since '97. Regardless, I'll finally have a yard where I can garden my little ass off. I've been having wet dreams about harvesting my own kale and basil for years. Just the mere thought makes me tingly all over.

The one thing I severely dislike about moving, aside from all the chaos, is the fact that I can't cook while my kitchen's in boxes. I'm left with no other options except to order *shudders* delivery. I know, I know. I'm a lucky bastard to live in a city where vegan delivery options are aplenty. But I'm such a dweeb about needing to reap the rewards of cooking my own dinner.

So what have I been up to lately besides packing? Well, I've taken a recent liking to the show Weeds. "Gasp!", you say. Jenn aka Stoney McPoterstein has never watched Weeds? Nope, I'd never seen it before. But I've plowed through seasons 1 and 2 so far, and I'd also like to plow through Mary Louise Parker. DAMN what a hottie. All my former pot dealers had names like "Blitz" or "Lo Down" and were built either like line backers or Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Lucky me.

I'm hoping the crazy in my life dies down sooner than later so that I can return to my normal, cracked out cooking regimen. Until then, I leave you with this tasty masterpiece.

Cracked Coriander Seed and Chai Tea-Rubbed Vegan Steak Lo Mein


For the Steak:
  • 1 batch of Vegan Beef Style Seitan (about 6 "Steaks")
  • Light Sesame Oil, enough for coating "Steaks"
  • 1/4 cup Chai Tea Leaves, finely ground
  • 1 TBSP Coriander Seeds, cracked in a pepper grinder
  • 1/2 TBSP ground White Pepper
  • Sea Salt

In a small bowl, combine the ground chai tea leaves, cracked coriander seeds and white pepper well.

Lightly coat each "steak" with a bit of sesame oil, then sprinkle with a touch of salt. Rub each "steak" with an equal amount of the tea leaf/coriander blend, then set aside.

Oil a grill pan or large saute pan well, then heat the pan until it's hot and ready. Grill the "steaks" on each side for about 4-5 minutes until browned and cooked through, then remove from pan and set aside to cool.

Once cool enough to handle, slice the steaks on a bias into this slices, then set aside until the Lo Mein is finished.

For the Lo Mein:
  • 1 lb Spaghetti or Soba Noodles
  • 1/2 cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 cup Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Canola (or Vegetable) Oil
  • 2 cups small Broccoli Florets
  • 1 lb White Button Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large Onion, largely chopped
  • 1 cup Sugar Snap Peas
  • 1 cup prepared Better Than Bouillon's No Beef Broth, chilled in the refrigerator until cold
  • 2 TBSP Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 1 tsp Dark Sesame Oil
  • 1 batch of Cracked Coriander Seed and Chai Tea-Rubbed Steak Strips (above)
  • Black Sesame Seeds

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook noodles until just al Dente. Drain well, toss with a touch of canola oil, and set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the seasoned rice vinegar, garlic, ground ginger, and soy sauce. Set aside.

Heat the 2 TBSP of canola oil in a large wok until hot, then add the rice vinegar mixture and broccoli. Stir fry for 2 minutes, then add the mushrooms, onions and snap peas and saute until tender.

Combine the chilled No Beef Broth and cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour it into the wok, and allow it to cook until thickened. Add in the cooked noodles, and toss to combine, and allow the mixture to cook until the noodles warmed through completely.

Remove from heat, toss with fresh cilantro and dark sesame oil, then serve topped with slices of Cracked Coriander Seed and Chai Tea-Rubbed Steak.

20 comments:

Vegyogini said...

A house? In the Valley? How exciting! I sent you something in the mail on Friday, so hopefully you'll get it before you're officially a Valley Girl. ;) We'll have to figure out how close we'll be to each other once you move.

Season 2 of Weeds is definitely my favorite. :)

Jes said...

You've certainly knocked take-out out of the water! I could kill for some of that right now.

And 'grats on the house! Gardens are where it's at, you'll love it!

Veg Atalanta said...

That looks delicious!!!

And yup, I would give Mary Louise Parker a good time. Dear Lordisa.

Jennifurla said...

*Spits out water* LOL LOL, oh my gosh you have me laughing my ass off!

Also love that show

Rose said...

Ok, so I just made this for dinner...I worked all day, so I got home and got the seitan going...about 2 hours later...everyone at the table was in heaven!

This is delicious...thanks Jen! Your recipe always work the first time I try them!

Mihl said...

Congreats on the house and on the garden!

I never had Lo Mein and I know that when I start with your version, I'll never want to eat any other version.

又瑞許又瑞許又瑞許 said...

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柏鈺苓俐 said...

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家唐銘 said...

愛情是一種發明,需要不斷改良。只是,這種發明和其他發明不一樣,它沒有專利權,隨時會被人搶走。.................................................................

Morgan-- said...

ANother awesome recipe!!! Looks delicious. Keep em' coming!

Holy Moly said...

Welcome to the Valley! Ain't nuthin' wrong with being a valley girl! :P

雅明修任 said...

工作,是愛的具體化~~~~努力吧!........................................

燕明中延 said...

當我微笑時,世界和我一起微笑;當我快樂時,世界和我一起活躍。..................................................

老陆 said...

Poverty tries friends...................................................................

偉曹琬 said...

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hellopa said...

Hotdamn that look good :)

文王廷 said...

不會從失敗中找尋教訓的人,成功之路是遙遠的。.................................................

文瓊王王慧山 said...

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LML said...

There's such a thing as vegan delivery options?! (says the girl from the midwest) Oh how I envy you! This lo mein looks fantastic though...

and I love Weeds as well. Started watching it only for my love of MLP :)

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