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Sep 04th
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Romeo & Juliet

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Photo: Kevin ChiangIngredients:
1 stick Wheat Gluten
10 Snow Peas
8 Water Chestnuts
½ stalk King Oyster Mushroom
Handful of Peas and Carrots
1 tbsp Oil
Sesame Oil
Potato Starch

Dark Seasoning:
1 tbsp Fermented Sweet Rice
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Ketchup
1 tsp Chili Bean Paste
2 tbsp Water
1 tsp Vinegar
Minced Ginger
White Pepper Powder

Light Seasoning:
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Mushroom Essence
1 tsp White Cooking Wine
Minced Ginger
White Pepper Powder

1. Mix dark seasoning in a bowl. Mix light seasoning in a separate bowl. Set both aside.
2. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add a little salt and oil, then snow peas, water chestnuts, and king oyster mushroom. After ingredients have cooked for three minutes, drain and set aside.
3. Mix 1 tsp potato starch and 1 tbsp water in a small bowl. Slowly add to the light seasoning.
4. Heat the cooked vegetables briefly in a pan, then add light seasoning and a bit of sesame oil. Dish this onto one side of a large plate.
5. Slice the wheat gluten. In a pan, sauté wheat gluten slices in oil until golden brown.
6. Mix 1 tsp potato starch and 1 tbsp water in a small bowl. Slowly add to the dark seasoning.
7. Add dark seasoning to the wheat gluten. Sprinkle in peas and carrots, then cook until the sauce thickens. Dish this onto the other side of the plate.
8. Add sliced oranges or other fresh fruit between the two dishes for a colorful flair.

A wholesome life begins with vegetarianism.
Jing Si Aphorism by Dharma Master Cheng Yen

Story taken from USA Journal No. 33, Fall 2012