Monday, September 22, 2008
Wet bean curd blocks- Tau Kan
Petai- Still in pods
The petai beans
Yummy vegan sambal petai Tau Kan
You can buy Tau Kan (wet bean curd blocks) from vegetarian specialty stores. If you cannot find Tau Kan, you can actually use dry bean curd strips (soak in water) for this recipe. I let my imagination ran wild a bit and came out with this recipe which the non-vegan version normally uses prawn. I use Tau Kan because of its springy texture which is a bid similar to prawns. Your can also replace the pungent petai (Scientific name : Parkia speciosa; aka twisted cluster bean or stink bean), with cucumber if you don’t like petai.
Tau kan(Wet bean curd blocks) – 4 pcs, cut into strips
Tamarind – 1 table spoon, add water, and use only the juice.
Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Turmeric (kunyit) powder – ½ teaspoon
Petai (optional, you can also use cucumber)
Chili paste – 1 table spoon
Vegetable oil – 3 table spoons
Shallots 5 pcs
Lemongrass (serai) 2 stalks
Heat up oil in wok and put in the blended ingredients, turmeric and chili paste. Sautéed until fragrant. Add tamarind juice, sugar and salt to taste. Stir the mixture for a short while. Then add in the Tau Kan. Cook for 1 minute and then add in the petai and serve.
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