Portuguese Mains, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

Bitoque (portuguese style ‘steak’)

If you’ve been to a traditional Portuguese restaurant you know that ‘Bitoque’ is most certainly on the menu. I think the seitan ‘steak’ is very nice but the gem of this dish is the ‘egg’- it tastes so much like egg that is a little bit mind blowing. I really dare you to try and make it, and taste for yourself!

Type: main

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

What you need:

for the ‘steak’: 4 seitan pieces (please see my recipe for seitan or you can use shop bought); 2 tbsp soya sauce; pepper; garlic granules.

for the ‘egg’: 1 block of firm tofu; 1/2 cup water; 2 tsp corn flour; 1 tbsp vegetable oil; 1 tsp nutritional yeast; 1/2 tsp black salt; a sprinkle of turmeric; black pepper & salt; a little oil to fry.

Suggestion: white rice, chips and salad to serve.

Utensils:

1 small pan

2 frying pans

grill (or sandwich maker type)

mixing spoons and knife

whisk

Directions:

If serving with rice and chips, I suggest you start with those as both the ‘eggs’ and ‘steak’ can be done while rice and chips are cooking. The ‘steak’ and the ‘egg’ can totally be done at the same time- a little multitasking going on!

For the ‘egg’: to make the yellow part, add water, corn flour, vegetable oil, nutritional yeast and salt in a pot and whisk; heat it over low heat, mixing well while it cooks for about 3-4 minutes; add a sprinkle of turmeric so it turns yellow; Once it starts thickening, remove from heat and reserve; For the white part, remove water from tofu (no need to press) and cut 4 equal slices, not too thin but not too thick either. Trim edges so it has an oval shape, like an egg (you could even use half of an avocado skin to shape the tofu). Fry the slices in a little oil, turning both ways until it turns golden- sprinkle a little salt and pepper. Once cooked, remove from heat and cut a round section of the tofu in the middle and put 1 or 2 tsps of the yellow mix (if putting on top of the ‘steak’, I suggest you have that ready before).

For the ‘steak’: Get your seitan slices in the grill and cook for about 2-3 minutes both sides till it shows dark grill marks (if you don’t have grill, not a problem, you can use a frying pan, it just won’t have those darker stripes). Transfer it to a non sticking frying pan, sprinkle black pepper, garlic powder and soya sauce over the slices and cook for a further minute or so on each side, over low heat.

Enjoy! (with a nice glass of wine or beer, why not?)

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