This dish is a bit of a namesake as basically when eaten, I got the comment that it was “not visually appealing” thus it was a “poor man” who had to eat it. Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with the dish itself, it just slightly disintegrated when I cooked it…
So the key (or downfall depending on your perspective) to this dish is baking soda. So basically what happened was that upon my initial attempt at this dish I accidentally put too much baking soda in my beef which in turn “melted” both napa cabbage and tofu strips that I put in there. However it did create a nice consistency but of course the cabbage was no where to be seen which was kind of the point of the dish, for the cabbage to be the main point. The beef was very tender and melted in your mouth so I still say success.
Whatever the mistake it still came out great! It was supposed to be very thinly sliced everything. But I guess a tasty chemical waste basket could also work… ENJOY!
Poor Man's Beef
- 2 lb. beef, thinly sliced, marinated in about 1/2 tbsp. baking soda + 1/3 soy sauce
- 5 shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced
- 1/2 large napa cabbage, thinly shredded, and salted, and drained of water
- 2 blocks plain white extra firm baked tofu, cut into very thin matchstick-like strips
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- soy sauce
- heat oil in a pan until very hot, then add in beef stirring for about a minute then add in tofu and continue to cook until beef is thoroughly cooked through
- then add in napa cabbage, along with the chicken broth and mushrooms and cook covered until collapsed about 3-5 minutes.
- add some soy sauce to taste along with a inch of sugar and cook some more until everything is completely cooked through and tender
- Serve hot and enjoy!