twig boy cooks – deep fried crispy shredded seitan with hot and sour sauce
All heil seitan.
Deep fried crispy shredded seitan. It really is quite cosmic and a lot better than the food I find in my local Chinese restaurants. This recipe is incredibly easy to make and you can alter the sauce ratios quite easily to suit your taste. I like hot and sour things so I made my sauce, er, hot and sour.
Sorry for the delay in between posts this week, it’s been a bit tragic, still…
It will be worth the wait.
Ingredients. Serves 2. Prep time – 15 minutes. Cooking time 20 minutes
250 g seitan
2 tsp Chinese 5 spice
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
(if you want to cheat a bit you can add 1 tbsp of shop made hoisin sauce)
1 red chilli
1-3 tbsp sugar, I used brown
3 spring onions, sliced
1 carrot, sliced with a peeler
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 thumb of ginger, finely chopped or sliced
ONE. Slice your seitan into thin strips (this part is essential, if you don’t do this, don’t read anymore). Add them to a ziplock bag along with the cornflour, 5-spice and salt. Give it a solid shake about.
TWO. Add a splash of sesame oil to a pan and heat to a medium temperature, then, add your chilli, spring onions, carrot, garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 30 seconds or so. Add to that your chilli sauce, soy sauce, wine vinegar and brown sugar. Stir, bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer until you have reached your ideal thickness. Remember to taste the sauce and add extra quantities of the ingredients if and how you need to.
Alternatively, you can make the sauce in a separate pan to the stir-fry vegetables and serve on top or on the side. Maybe even both.
THREE. Fry the seitan. It’s easiest to use a deep fat fryer here, set it to 190, drop (carefully) the seitan in and cook for about 3 minutes. It’ll be delightful. If you don’t have access to a deep fat fryer, save this page, go to Amazon or your preferred retailer of electrical products, buy one and wait until it arrives. Or just use a big saucepan and some cooking oil.