“Beef” and Broccoli Maki


Recently, a good friend of ours decided to be a vegetarian. We go out to eat with him a lot, so it’s been a little difficult to find restaurants with good vegetarian options that don’t taste like cardboard to the rest of us. Son and I love our meat, so we were amazed to find a vegetarian restaurant that we all loved! (If you are ever in Irvine and want some good vegetarian food, you have to go to Thai Vegetarian Cuisine on Culver between the 5 and Walnut. It is soooo good!) This place had the best pad see you ever!! They used some sort of tofu in place of the beef… and it actually tasted like beef! Oh it was sooo good. If I could eat like that every day, I would have no problem going vegetarian!! (and believe me, I love my meat!)

This is my interpretation of the “beef” that is used in the vegetarian pad see ew (I love pad see ew! 😀 ). Ours doesn’t taste exactly like beef, but it’s still really good! We overcooked the broccoli just a tad bit (which is why it is all black and looks dead) but it still tasted fantastic! This is a great way to make sushi for your vegetarian friends or to get your kids to eat a vegetarian dish! Yum!

Sorry I have pretty much been absent lately. Son and I have been really busy working on a couple of websites that we are trying to get out, so we haven’t had any time to make sushi. I can’t tell you anything about them yet, but I will definitely let everyone know when I can, in case any of you are interested in using them! 🙂

Makes 6 rolls, or 36-48 slices.

  • 6 sheets nori
  • 3 cups sumeshi
  • 2 large heads of broccoli
  • 6-8 pieces oagesan agè (unseasoned aburaáge)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shoyu
  • pepper
  • sesame or peanut oil
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook sushi rice.
  2. Combine sugar, shoyu and water in a medium bowl.
  3. Rinse oagesan agè in hot water to remove the oil.
  4. Slice aburaáge into 1″ wide slices.
  5. Marinate oagesan agè in the shoyu mix.
  6. Meanwhile, cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Place in a bowl with 3-4 tbsp water.
  7. Microwave broccoli on HIGH for 2 minutes, or until it begins to soften. (If you would like, you could steam the broccoli instead)
  8. Put peanut or sesame oil in a wok, heat on high heat until oil begins to smoke.
  9. Place marinated oagesan agè in wok, season with pepper.
  10. If you would like, you can add a little of the marinade into the wok, but this will make it sweeter so it’s up to you.
  11. Cook until the sesame oil has been reduced by half.
  12. Add broccoli, cook until the sauce becomes gooey.
  13. Roll the sushi, using the oagesan agè and broccoli as your fillings.
  14. Serve and enjoy!

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8 thoughts on ““Beef” and Broccoli Maki”

  1. Amy -

    Hmm, well I’m not a huge broccoli fan, but I like the idea for your fake beef. I think it would be good in a roll by itself. 🙂 I’m a pad see ew lover myself. That’s what I always order at every new Thai restaurant I try, to see how theirs stacks up. You don’t happen to have a magic recipe do you? Seems like every one I try never quite foots the bill.

  2. Allison -

    Son – Yes, yes, I know, I’ll make more next weekend! 😀

    Amy – Yeah, it would definitely do well in a roll by itself! I don’t have a magic recipe… yet… but I am going to try to make some next weekend and if it turns out well, I will certainly share it with you!

    Yvo – Son and my sister are both like that with pad thai too… for some reason I don’t really like it though. 🙁 Oh well, I love my pad see ew! 😀

  3. Allison -

    😀 So glad you liked it! We’ll have to make this again sometime when you are around. 🙂 And yes…. that is an amazing restaurant!

  4. Brianne -

    you know i find it funny… i see why me and you were always best friends growing up… we have the same tastes…. for the most part… mmm pad see ew is my favorite!!!! broccoli.. mmmmmmmmm

    sorry for spamming out with the replies.. i finally have gotten a moment to look and reply on here. yay! (my patrick hogs the internet)

  5. Allison -

    Haha yeah we do… hehe remember the brownies at winter camp? Yummm hehe. I don’t mind you spamming the comments… I’m glad to see you on here! 😀 Haha my Patrick normally hogs the internet too… but I think he killed it on the computer he uses. Luckily I have my laptop 😛