Thursday, May 29, 2008

Noodles and "Beef" Seitan in a Black Bean Sauce

So after having snow on Tuesday and a low of zero degrees, today was a summery 22 degrees. Hey, are wildly varying temperatures a sign of global warming? Good thing there isn't a scientific consensus on that, otherwise I might be worried. Heh heh. Anyway, the great thing about tonight's dish is that it features green onions from our garden! Woot, woot! Our first produce of the season! There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own food. It also has another seitan experiment--beef-like seitan strips. I would like to fool around with the recipe a bit, but it was good enough to post and the boys really loved it.

"Beef" Seitan
- 1/4 cup TVP
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/4 cup vegetarian stir fry sauce
- 2 tbsp HP sauce
- 1/2 tsp browning sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 cup vital wheat gluten
- 2-4 tbsp water (if needed)
- 2 tbsp oil for frying

1. Put TVP in a bowl with oil and the sauces. Let sit for a few mins so that the TVP soaks up some of the liquid. Add spices and wheat gluten and enough water (if needed) to make a stiff yet kneadable dough. Knead for a few mins to mix everything together.
2. Shape dough into a log and flatten. Cut into thin strips.
3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry strips for 1 min per side and set aside

- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1" piece ginger, minced
- 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- "beef" seitan strips
- 12 oz noodles (your choice), cooked (I used a thin, wheat-based Chinese noodles)
- 4 green onion, thinly sliced

1. Heat oil in a wok over med-hi heat. Stir fry onion, garlic, ginger and red pepper for 2-3 mins, until onion and pepper soften. Add black bean, soy sauce, brown sugar, water and seitan strips. Reduce heat to medium and let bubble away for 10 mins, stirring regularly.
2. Add noodles, mix well, and heat through. If the dish is too dry, add more bean sauce and water. Adjust to taste. Top with sliced onions and serve.


Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

22 degrees? I feel your pain. Now I think I'm wimpy for griping about our rainy Memorial Day holiday. And you rock for making your own seitan. I've yet to take the plunge. Looks divine.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to make a request - Yum

vegnz said...

That looks so yuuum!

anarchyandcupcakes said...

Your "beef" seitan recipe looks awesome! Now that I've mastered making regular seitan, I'm definitely going to have to attempt your version. I've been craving a bbq pulled-whatever sandwich, and I bet the beef seitan would be really good mixed with bbq sauce on a bun. Thanks for all your innovative recipes!

Carrie said...

Don't you just love unpredictable northern Ontario weather? This looks really good..I adore black bean sauce.

vegandenovo said...

im so excited for your beef seitan recipe. that is truly awesome!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Do you have a recipe for the black bean sauce? I cant open the link. Thanks!

Vegan Dad said...

It comes in a bottle. Look for it at the Asian market, or the ethnic food section of your brocery store.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Thanks! Now I must go shopping. :o) I wish you good luck at the street fair today.

Anonymous said...

Could you tell me what TVP and HP sauce are?

Vegan Dad said...

TVP= Textured Vegetable Protein. Look for it in the bulk food section, or at your local health food store.

HP Sauce=British brown sauce. Use A1 or some BBQ sauce if you can't find it.

Crazy Vegan Mom said...

This looks delicious.
One question, do you add the vegan worcestershire with the other sauces so the TVP absorbs it? It doesn't state in the instructions.
Crazy Vegan Mom

Vegan Dad said...

crazy vegan mom,
I fixed the recipe. Thanks--this helps me edit for the cookbook!

Marty said...

Hi Vegan Dad,
Love the seitan recipe, first time I used Marmite and Vegimite. nice taste. I put the Caccitore over buckwheat noodles.

What kind of tvp are you using for the beef seitan and what does it actually do? I never saw a recipe which added the tvp to seitan.



Vegan Dad said...

I get a fairly fine-grained TVP. The idea was to "marble" the texture of the seitan, not unlike beef itself. I'm not sure it does anything at all, to be honest, but the results are good.

Joelle said...

Vegan Dad, About how many does this recipe serve? I'm supposed to cook some sort of Asian noodle dish for a large crowd this Friday night and am thinking about basing my dish on this recipe.

Anonymous said...

I just made the seitan recipe. Wow, it was sooooo delicious! This was my first time making seitan and I can't believe how easy it was. Thank you so much for posting

Vegan Dad said...

All of my recipes feed at least a family of 6. This one can do more like 8-10 (noodles go a long way), depending on how much people take.

RP said...

Vegetarian Stir Fry Sauce? Could I replace this with Soy Sauce?

Thanks, can't wait to try this.