Years ago, Kittee mentioned Yaka Mein to me. This is a unique Creole/Chinese fusion dish common in New Orleans. You can hear a bit more about its possible history here:
Here's how I tackled it, vegan style:
1. THE NOODLES: Cook 1/2 lb spaghetti according to package directions. Drain, and toss with a tiny bit of olive oil to keep it from sticking together.
2. THE "EGG": Stir up a batch of Carol's special vegan omelet batter. Grease a cast iron skillet and some muffin rings. Fry thick omelets/patties in the muffin rings. Quarter them (or slice however you please).
3. THE "BEEF": In a greased cast iron skillet, fry some Gardein Beefless Tips (or any dark seitan) with creole seasoning to taste.
4. THE BROTH: In a pot, combine: 1 quart water, 2 t vegan "beef" broth paste or powder (such as Better than Bouillon No-Beef), 1 T tomato paste, 1 t Old Bay Seasoning, 1 t marmite, 1 t vegan worcestershire sauce, and creole seasoning to taste.
5. THE ONION. Finely chop some green onions.
To assemble: Put a big scoop of spaghetti in the bottom of a bowl Top with the gardein or seitan, and cover with a generous scoop of the broth. Arrange the omelet pieces on top, and sprinkle with green onion. Serve with condiments of your choice: hot sauce, vegan worcestershire sauce, ketchup, creole seasoning, red pepper flakes, etc.
This made an easy, tasty, and satisfying dinner. We'll definitely make it again!