This is my version of “shabu shabu”…kinda improvised but it turned out pretty good.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, “shabu shabu”, it is a Japanese dish of meat and vegetabless usually cooked in a broth, in a “hot pot”, and in the center of the table. The cooked meat and veggies are dipped in some sort of sauce and eaten with rice or noodles. I don’t have a “hot pot”, but my stove top worked just fine :) And, of course, this meal is VEGAN!
Serve with rice or noodles....or both!
14 cups of vegetable broth
4 cups of bok choy/Asian greens
4 potatoes (cubed)
3 carrots (sliced)
3 ears of corn
1/4 cup of celery (diced)
1 package of tempeh or medium/firm tofu (cubed)
4 to 8 medium-sized Shitake Mushrooms
1 medium-sized onion (diced)
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons of grape seed oil
Salt and pepper
Saute onions, garlic, and celery until onions are transparent.
Add the rest of the veggies and tempeh or tofu.
Add vegetable broth (make sure it is enough to cover the veggies).
Boil for 45 minutes, or until potatoes are done.
Serve with rice or noodles and spicy peanut sauce.
Spicy Peanut Sauce:
2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of all natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon of peanut oil (optional)
1 clove of garlic (minced)
1.5 tablespoons of Asian garlic chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground ginger
2 teaspoons of toasted sesame seed oil
1 to 2 tablespoons of liquid aminos to taste
Directions: Mix brown sugar with rice vinegar and let the sugar dissolve. Then, add the rest of the ingredients. Adjust to taste (add more chili sauce, peanut butter, liquid aminos, etc.)
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