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Pot roast with an Oriental touch.

In our melting-pot environment, cuisines as well as cultures marry. Take pot roast: add a touch of the Orient with ginger, oyster sauce, and shiitake mushrooms, and you've added a fresh dimension to a standard American dish. Well-stocked supermarkets and Oriental markets carry the Asian ingredients you'll need.

Melting-pot Roast 1 beef chuck roast (4 to 5 lb.) Water 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1/2 cup oyster sauce 4 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed 1/3 cup minched fresh ginger 1 large onion, sliced Soaked shiitake musrhrooms (directions follow) 1 pound Chinese pea pods, ends and string removed 6 ounces bean threads (sai fun or cellophane noodles) About 2 tablespoons sesame oil.

Put meat and 1 cup water into a 5- to 6-quart pan. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for 30 minutes. Uncover and boil juices away, then cook meat in its own fat until browned, turning once or twice, about 20 minutes more.

Lift out meat and set aside. Add vinegar to pan and scrape to loosen browned bits. Stir in oyster sauce, garlic, ginger, and 2 more cups water. Return meat to pan; top with onion and mushrooms. Cover and simmer gently until meat is tender enough to pull easily from bones, about 2-1/2 hours.

Lift out mushrooms and set on a warm platter. Scrape onions off meat into juices. Lift out meat and set on platter with mushrooms; keep warm. Skim off and discard fat; keep juices warm.

Bring 2 quarts water to boil in a 3- to 4-quart pan on high heat. Add peas and cook, uncovered, just until they turn darker green, about 2 minutes. Lift out with a slotted spoon, draining, and mound on platter with meat; keep warm.

Add bean threads to the boiling water and cook until tender to bite, about 3 minutes; drain and mix with sesame oil to taste. Mound bean threads on platter. Serve juices to spoon over individual portions of meat, bean threads, and vegetables. Makes 6 servings.

Soaked shiitake mushrooms. Let 3 ounces dried shiitake mushrooms stands in warm water to cover until mushrooms are soft and pliable, about 30 minutes. Drain; snip off and discard stems.
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