Marti’s Magnificent Meal – Next Act Theatre

Marti’s Magnificent Meal

Most recently, Marti Gobel directed BLOOD AT THE ROOT, and will direct PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE in our 2020-21 season. Audiences may recognize her from  PERFECT MENDACITY, NO CHILD…, TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992 and THE TAMING.

Want to try your hand at making a magnificent meal of your own? Follow along with Marti’s recipe!

Marti’s Magnificent Meal

Beef Short Ribs

  • 4 lb. beef short ribs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup fermented chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp. ginger
  • 3 tsp. garlic
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper

Vegetable Pad Thai

  • 1 box pad thai noodles
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 cups stir fry vegetables (cook’s preference)
  • Peanuts to top (if desired)
  • Green onions to top (if desired)
  • Toasted tofu to top (if desired)

Pad Thai Sauce

  • 4 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. Sriracha
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a large bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pepper the beef short ribs on all sides.
  3. Add beef short ribs to crock pot and pour marinade over top.
  4. Cook beef short ribs for six hours on low heat (it makes the house smell great).
  5. Near the end of the beef’s cook time, stir fry the pad thai noodles, cabbage and vegetables together in a wok or other large pan until done.
  6. Cover with pad thai sauce, mix until incorporated and top with peanuts, toasted tofu or green onions.
  7. Serve with preferred sides, like sesame rice or sauteed broccoli.