It is hard to believe that Philly Cheese Steaks have a history dating back to the 1930s, and all from a small shop, Pat’s. Today, it is Pat’s King of Steaks. And Philly Cheese Steaks can now be found in every city. A classic Philly Cheese Steak has 3 main components: hoagie roll, processed american cheese, and steak. Several versions have come about since then – pizza topped cheese steaks, buffalo wing cheese steaks, steak sauce cheese steaks, etc. Is it still considered a Philly Cheese Steak?
|Asian Style Philly Cheese Steaks served in Romaine Leaves|
In my opinion, there can definitely exist better versions of certain food. Some dishes, though, call for very specific ingredients and probably taste best with those exact ingredients working together. Philly Cheese Steak is one I do not mind changing up. I’ve always felt that the hoagie roll makes the sandwich overly heavy, leaving my stomach feeling uneasy. The steak usually tastes perfectly juicy but is a little light on flavoring. For dinner I created a variation of this famous dish – Asian Style Philly Cheese Steaks.
Ingredients include onions, garlic, mushrooms, steak, cheese, and rice. Sauces used include soy sauce, hoisin, brown sugar, sesame oil, rice wine, and butter. Lettuce leaves replace the rolls for a healthier and crunchier option. Although rice is also a starch, using leftover cooked white rice makes it taste light as opposed to sticky or starchy. I served the cheese steaks with some roasted green beans – what a quick and easy dinner!