a vegetable that looks like jade! celtuce beef shitake salad…

6 May

I went to the giant T&T at Metrotown the other week and came across a curious vegetable that they labeled Lettuce Stem.  They almost looked like big stalks of sugar cane and the surprising bit was the chopped off end really looked like a gemstone.

At $2.50 for two giant stalks, I couldn’t refuse and purchased it knowing that I’d figure out something to do with it later!  It’s also called Celtuce or Asparagus Stem so keep an eye out if you’re looking for it in an asian grocery store.  Apparently it’s great raw, texture is crisp and a lot of the nutrients are lost if you cook it.  So a salad recipe it is!

What you need!
2 stalks of lettuce stem
1 lb cubed beef
salad spinach
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 pkg fresh shitake mushrooms
6 cloves of garlic
1 slice of ginger
olive oil

What to do!

1.  Cut your lettuce stems into workable lengths.  Place it on it’s end, and carefully slice off the skin.  Cut the stem into 1/4″ rounds.

isn't the colour the MOST awesome?!?!? I wonder if the colour stays if you cook it....

2.  Put the rounds on the side.  Mince the garlic and the ginger.

3. In a frying pan on high heat, add some olive oil and your shitake mushrooms.  Add a tbsp of dark soy sauce and stir fry until the mushrooms are cooked.  Remove and set aside.

4.  Add the garlic and ginger to the pan until it starts smelling awesome.  Add the beef and fry until all sides are brown.  Add the remainder soy sauces.  Cook until desired doneness.  Mix the beef with the shitake mushrooms.

5.  On each plate, lay a bed of spinach and a ring of lettuce stem.  Top with the beef mixture and enjoy!

Approx Costs:

beef – $1.75
lettuce stem – $2.50
spinach – $1.50
other – $1.00

Total: $6.75 for 3 servings or $2.25 each


One Response to “a vegetable that looks like jade! celtuce beef shitake salad…”


  1. Snapshot: celtuce - ErinNudi.com - January 14, 2015

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