Garlic Ginger Beef with Shiitakes & Forbidden Rice
Forbidden rice, black rice, or Emperors rice is delicious! It’s so good that the awful old Emperor wouldn’t let the regular folks eat it. That selfish old bastard. We showed him by having it readily available in grocery stores. He’s probably turning over in his grave. Take that Fancy Boy! That’s what you get for not sharing. I digress…
Anyway, black rice! It’s really good for you, full of antioxidants, flavinoids and such. In fact, this whole dish is full of things that are good for you, ginger, garlic, organic broccoli, black rice, shiitake mushrooms and sass.
We made this from leftover steak. You can use steak, chicken, tempeh or tofu.
In a pan, boil water and cook black rice according to package directions, adding a chunk of ginger and a few smashed garlic cloves to the water, along with a splash of soy sauce and fresh ground pepper. If you’re intimidated by cooking rice, just do it the way I do, cook it like pasta in plenty of water until just cooked, drain in a mesh strainer, add it back to the pot, cover & let steam. It’s easy this way and it comes out perfect every time.
For the ginger garlic beef: In a cast iron skillet or wok, add 1tblsp grape seed oil, throw in a few slices of ginger and a sliced and smashed garlic clove to flavor the oil. Once those are caramelized, take them out. You can discard them, but I ate mine as a spicy snack while I cooked the rest of this.
Chop 1 shallot, mince 3 garlic cloves, finely grate about 1/2 inch ginger, slice steak, slice mushrooms, peel and chop broccoli. Add your ingredients to the hot pan in order of their cooking time, starting with the stalks of the broccoli, then the shallot, ginger, , mushrooms, sliced steak, and finally the broccoli florets. Season with 1/2 tsp chinese five spice, 1/4 tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, and fresh ground black pepper. Toss in the cooked black rice and stir it all together. Season with a bit of soy sauce and a few dashes of sesame oil.