Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Vegetarian Taukan (Wet Bean Curd Blocks) With Rosemary Sauce

I love cooking with Taukan (wet bean curd block). It is great replacement for meat and the texture is similar to lean meat. I tried to use western herbs in this recipe. The result turns out ok.

Taukan, 6 pcs (you can also use dried bean curd but you must first soak it in water)
Rosemary, 1 table spoon
Lemon juice, from half lemon
Tomato sauce, 2 table spoon
Sugar to taste
Salt to taste
Garlic, 3 pcs, chopped finely
Corn flour, 1 table spoon

Heat up two table spoon of vegetable oil in wok and stir fry the garlic until golden brown. Add some water, lemon juice, tomato sauce, sugar and salt to taste. Put in the tau kan and stir fry it until it is cook. Add a little water if it is too dry. Add some corn flour mixed in water to thicken the gravy. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Spicy Thin Crust Vegetarian Tom yam Pizza Recipe

I tried out this recipe out of curiosity. The pizza turned out quite nice and have a very unique taste of its’ own. Just like east meet west, the taste of cheese and Thai tom yam smell is rather special and one of its’ kind.
Check out this recipe!

Pizza Dough Ingredients
250 gms of flour½ teaspoon of dried yeast mixed with warm water and 1 teaspoon of sugarSalt to taste

Fresh Chili, 2 pcs, cut and removes seeds (You can use bird eye chili if you want this pizza to be real spicy!)
Onions, 1 large pc, cut into rings
Cheese, 3 table spoons
Kaffir Lime leaves, 5 pcs, cut into small strips
Lime juice from 1 large lime
Salt taste
Sugar to taste

To get thin crust pizza, make the dough as thin as possible. Then arrange all the toppings ingredients on the dough, with the cheese lining on the top layer. Bake in preheated oven at 180 Deg C for 15 minutes.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Vegetarian Angel Hair Spaghetti Recipe

My son loves spaghetti very much. Instead of using the usual minced meat as a base for the spaghetti sauce, I tried using dried bean curd strips and corn for some natural sweetness. The recipe turns out ok, and my son ate his entire portion of vegetarian spaghetti.

IngredientsAngel Hair Spaghetti, 250 gms, blanched in boiling water until soft

SauceTomato Puree, 1 can
Onions, 3 pcs, chopped finely
Garlic, 5 pcs, chopped finely
Bean curd strips, 5 pcs, soak in water until soft, cut into small strips
Frozen corn, green beans and carrot, 1 bowl
Salt to taste
Sugar 1 tablespoon
Oregano, 1/2 teaspoon (dried)
Vegetarian oyster sauce (optional), 1 tablespoon
Mozzarella cheese, for garnishing

Heat up 2 table spoons of vegetable or olive oil in wok, then sautéed the onions, garlic and bean curd strips until fragrant. Add in the tomato puree, corn, green beans and carrot. Bring to a boil and then add sugar, vegetarian oyster sauce and salt to taste.
Put the sauce on the angel hair spaghetti and garnish with mozzarella cheese.

Vegetarian Tomato Sauce Fried Bihun (Rice Vermicelli)

I like to cook this dish for supper and it takes only a short time to prepare. I used tomato sauce for this dish instead of tomato puree because tomato sauce is not that sour and taste better with bihun. Here is my recipe for Vegetarian Tomato Sauce Bihun.

Rice Vermicelli, ¼ packet, soaked in water to soften
Shallots, 3 pcs, cut thinly and fry until golden brown
Tomato sauce, 6 table spoons
Chili sauce, 2 table spoons (optional)
Light Soya Sauce, 1 table spoons
Cabbage, 3 leaves, cut into find strips
Bean curd strips, 2 pcs, soak in water until soft and cut into small strips
Eggs, 1 pc (optional)
Salt to taste

Put 2 table spoons of vegetable oil in a hot non-stick wok. Stir fry egg and bean curd strips. Put in the cabbage. Add in the soya sauce. Put the bihun in the wok and fry until it is cooked. Add tomato sauce, chilli sauce and salt to taste. Add a litte water and bring to a boil. The tomato bihun is ready. Garnish with fried shallots before serving.

Vegetarian Sambal Goreng (Fried Chilli) Taukan (Wet bean curd blocks) with Celery

I love cooking with taukan (wet bean curd blocks). It goes down well with many types of ingredients and it is a great replacement for meat. I decided to add in some leeks to give the dish some crunchy green vegetable.

Tau kan, 1 block, cut into small strips
Onions, 1 pc, chopped finely
Celery, 2 stalks, cut into bite sizes
Tamarind juice, from 1 table spoon of tamarind paste
Sugar to taste
Salt to taste
Chilli paste (or powder), 3 table spoons

Sauteed onions and chilli paste in hot oil until fragrant. Add tamarind juice, salt and sugar to taste. Add a little water and bring to a boil. Add taukan and celery. Serve with steamed rice or nasi lemak (coconut milk rice)

Related post using Tau Kan
1) http://veganformation.blogspot.com/2008/11/simple-recipe-vegetarian-tomato-sauce.html
2) http://veganformation.blogspot.com/2008/09/simple-recipe-vegan-sambal-petai-tau.html

Vegetarian Sambal (Fried Chilli) For Nasi Lemak (Coconut milk Steamed Rice)

I made this vegetarian sambal for my vegetarian friends recently. It uses the same ingredients as normal nasi lemak sambal except that I did not use belachan (shrimp paste) in it. Nasi lemak is a local Malaysian all time favourite food. It is actually steamed rice with coconut milk and screw pine leaves.
Here is my vegetarian version of sambal for nasi lemak.

Shallots, 5 pcs
Chilli paste, 5 table spoon
Tamarind juice to taste
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
Vegetable oil, 3 table spoon

Heat up wok and add in the vegetable oil. Stir fry the shallots until fragrant. Add tamarind juice, salt and sugar to taste. Serve with coconut milk rice.

Stir Fry Crisp-head (Green ice) Lettuce with Nutmeg Powder and Butter

Leafy lettuces are a great source of folate, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Got some left over lettuce from a party in my house and I decided to stir fried it using the recipe that I learned from Chef Michael Smith of Chef at Home show in Asian Food Channel. He used spinach for this recipe but I decided to go ahead with the leftover Crisp-Head Lettuce.

Lettuce, 10 leaves
Butter, 1 table spoon
Pepper, to taste
Salt to taste
Nutmeg powder, ½ teaspoon

Heat up wok and put in the butter. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put in the nutmeg powder and lettuce. Switch off the heat and stir the lettuce for a short while in the wok. I sprinkled some crispy fried garlic on the lettuce before serving!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Stir Fried Bell Pepper with Preserved Bean Paste, Chinese Style (Vegetarian)

Bell peppers or capsicums which are available in many colors are normally used to brighten up a dish. They are available in red, orange, green and yellow. The name ‘pepper’ was mistakenly given by Christopher Columbus when he brought it back to Europe from one of his voyage. He must have thought it to be the fruit of the highly prized during his era, the peppercorns. In order to taste the natural sweetness of bell pepper, I just stir fry it with preserved soya beans. This simple dish is very tasty and goes down well with steamed rice.

Bell Peppers, 2 pcs, cut into small pieces
Preserved Bean Paste (Tauchu), 1 table spoon
Garlic, 5 pcs, chopped finely
Vegetable oil, 1 table spoon

Heat up wok; put the vegetable oil and sautéed the garlic until fragrant. Put in the preserved bean paste. Stir fry for a while. Add in the bell peppers and a little water.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Vegetarian Tomato Soup Recipe

I love to cook tomato soup for supper, especially during rainy days. Nothing beats a good hot soup during the downpour and when the weather is cold. I guess, tomato soup is everyone’s favourite and my kids love it very much.
This is my version of tomato soup.

Potato, 2 pcs, boiled and smashed into puree
Tomato Puree, 1 small tin
Tomato, 2pcs, blended finely
Onions, 2 pcs, chopped finely
Butter, 1x1x1 square inch
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
Oregano, ½ teaspoon
5 cups of water

Add some oil in pot and sautéed onions until fragrant. Add water and bring to a boil. Put in the potato, tomato puree, onions, butter, salt and sugar to taste. Add the oregano. Bring to a boil. You can blend the soup in the blender if you want too if you don’t like chunks of ingredients floating in your soup. Bon Appetite!

Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe

Sweet and sour dishes are quite popular in many Chinese restaurants.
Instead of using meat to cook this meal, I tried it using deep fried tofu. Well, it actually turns out to be quite delicious. I have also added more vegetable to the dish.
Due to the dish sweet and sours taste, kids would love it.

Tofu, cut into 1x1x1 inch squares, 20 pcs
Cucumber, cut into round slices or any shape you like
Pineapple, 1 slice cut into small pieces
Tomato, 1pc, cut into 4
Tomato Sauce, 5 table spoons
Plum sauce, 1 table spoon
Sugar to taste
Salt to taste
Onions, 1 pc, cut into four

Deep fry tofu in hot vegetable oil until it turns golden brown. Put the tofu aside. Add 2 table spoons of vegetable oil in hot wok and sautéed the onions until fragrant. Add the tomato sauce, plum sauce, sugar, a little water and salt to taste. Put the pineapple, cucumber, tomato and fried tofu into the sauce. Serve the dish with steamed rice.

Vegetarian Tofu with Thousand Island Salad Dressing Recipe

I like to make tofu salad, especially the ones that have been deep fried. The crunchiness of the fried tofu skin and the soft part inside with the taste of Thousand Island salad dressing is simply delicious.
I used spring onions to garnish this dish and also to add some greens to it. The spring onions also added some extra flavour to this dish.

Tofu, cut into 1/2x2x1 inch size
Thousand Island Salad Dressing
Spring onions, 3 stalks
Vegetable oil for deep frying

Deep fry the tofu in vegetable oil and put them aside. Pour the Thousand Island Salad dressing on to the tofu and garnish with spring onions. Great party food!

Vegetarian Stir Fry Tofu with Leeks Recipe

Tofu and leeks make very good combination. This is my wife’s favourite food. The tofu absorbs the natural sweetness of the leeks. I manage to get my kids to eat some green vegetable this way. The simply love the tofu fried with leeks.

Tofu, 3x3x3 inches block, cut into 1/2x1/2x1/2 inch size
Leeks, 5 stalks, cut into large pieces as in the picture
Garlic, 5pcs, chopped finely
Vegetable oil, 2 table spoon
Salt to taste

Deep fry the tofu until golden brown and put aside.
Stir fry the garlic in hot oil until golden brown. Add in the leeks and salt to taste. Stir fry for a short while and add a little water. Add salt to taste. Put the fried leek over the tofu. Serve with steamed rice.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Vegetarian Sui Kow (Fried Wanton) Recipe

Sui Kow is a great finger food for parties. It is rather easy to prepare and the taste normally suits most people taste buds! Well, I tried to make vegetarian version of sui kow (fried wontan) over the weekend and the taste turned out to be as good as the ones that use meat or prawns.

Water Chestnuts, 5 pcs, remove skin and chopped finely
Onions, 1 pc, chopped finely
Corn Flour, 5 teaspoons
Sesame oil, 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

Wantan skins for wrapping, 50 pcs
Mix the water chestnuts, onions, corn flour, sesame oil and salt in a bowl. Take a wanton skin and add in about ½ teaspoon of the mixed ingredients and then fold the skins into a triangular shape. Deep fry the wanton in hot oil until golden brown. Served while it is hot and crispy! .

Monday, June 1, 2009

Chinese Stir Fry Scrambled Eggs with French Beans

This is a very easy dish to prepare and kids are sure to love it. A good way to get kids to eat French beans. The taste of fried eggs with a little garlic chilli sauce is nice. My kids love to eat the eggs with tomato sauce!

Eggs, 3 pcs, beaten slightly
Onions, 1 pc, chopped finely
French beans, 7 pcs, cut into small strips
Light Soya Sauce, 2 table spoons
Cilantro for garnishing

Heat up 2 table spoons of vegetable oil in wok. Stir fry the onions until fragrant. Add in the French beans. Fry until the beans are cooked. Add the eggs and then the soya sauce. Remove the cooked dish from the wok and put in a bowl. Turn it over and put it onto a plate, so that the dish will take the shape of the bowl. Garnish with cilantro and serve with white rice.

Vegetarian Fried Spaghetti with Soya Sauce

I ran out of Chinese wet egg noodles, so I used spaghetti instead to cook fried mee for my kids’ supper meal. The fried spaghetti turns out to be the same taste as the original fried yellow noodles but the spaghetti has a slightly tougher texture.

Spaghetti, 250gms, blanched in boiling water until soft
Light Soya Sauce, 3 table spoons
Dark Soya Sauce, 1 teaspoon
Pepper, ½ teaspoon
Egg (optional), 1pc
Bean curd strips, 2pcs, cut into small strips (optional)
Cabbage, 8 leaves, cut into strips (or you can use bean sprout)
Garlic, 5 pcs, finely chopped

Heat up wok; add 2 table spoons of vegetable oil and sautéed garlic until golden brown. Fry the cabbage until it turns soft. Add in bean curd strips and eggs. Fry for a short while. Put the spaghetti in to the wok and fry for around 3 minutes. Add light soya sauce, dark soya sauce and pepper. Taste good if eaten with pickled green chillies!

Vegetarian Jiu Hu Char – Fried Turnips, Penang Nyonya Style

Jiu Hu Char, (Fried Turnips) is an all time favourite among the Babas and Nyonyas in Penang and it is a must have dish during Chinese festivals. The secret to a good Jiu Hu Char; the dish needs to be simmered for a while to bring out the sweetness of the turnips.
Normal non vegetarian version uses dried cuttle fish slices and sometime also lard. For vegan version, you can replace the cuttle fish with dried bean curd strips.

Turnip, 1 pc, cut into small strips
Carrot, 1 pc, cut into small strips
Bean Curd Strips, cut into small pieces
Garlic, 5 pcs, chopped finely
Vegetarian oyster sauce (optional), 1 table spoon
Light Soya Sauce, 2 table spoon
Salt to taste

Heat up wok and add in 2 table spoons of vegetable oil. Sautéed garlic until fragrant and then add in the bean curd strips. Put in the turnip and carrot. Stir fry until fragrant. Add soya sauce and vegetarian oyster sauce. Add a little water and let the dish simmer for a while or until the turnips turn soft. Add salt to taste. You can wrap the fried turnips with leafy vegetable and eat it with white rice. Alternatively, you can also use the fried turnips to make spring rolls!


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