Monday, May 30, 2011

Chinese Vegetarian Bak Chang (粽子, Chung, Glutinous rice wrapped in Bamboo Leaves)


My neighbour gave me the above Vegetarian Bak Chang (粽子, Chung, Glutinous rice wrapped in Bamboo Leaves) that Buddhist Tzu Zhi  Association sells for charity. This is the first time I ate vegetarian bak chang. Actually it tastes quite good, minus to oil from pork lard. LOL!

These are the ingredients that are used to make vegetarian bak chang.
Organic unpolished glutinous rice
Vegetarian mock pork meat
Beans
Chestnut
Chinese dried mushroom
Five spice powder
Dark soya sauce
Salt and sugar

All these are wrapped in bamboo leaves and boiled for more than an hour until the glutinous rice softhen. Best eaten when still warm.

Chinese Vegan Char Siew Recipe (Mock Roasted Sweet Pork)

You can cook many types of dishes with taukan (wet beancurd strips). Char siew is a dish that every kids love and adults too. LOL!
There are many versions of vegetarian Char Siew. Here is my simplified Chinese Vegan Char Siew Recipe.

Ingredients
Taukan, 1 block
Five Spice powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Light soya sauce, 2 tablespoons
Sugar, 3 tablespoons
Vegetable oil for deep frying

Marinade the taukan with all the ingredients. Heat up wok and put in the vegetable oil. Slowly put in the taukan pieces one by one. Taukan cooked easily, so you just have to fry it until they turned golden brown in colour. Take out the taukan and drain away excess oil. Cut the taukan into strips.
Use the leftover marinade as the sauce. Cook it in the frying pan and bring to a boil. Pour a little of the sauce into the fried taukan before serving.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Vegetarian Dragon Fruit Jelly (Agar Agar) Recipe

Dragon fruits have lots of Vitamin C and loaded with antioxidant. I would normally remove the seeds by filtering the bright red juice to make agar-agar (jelly) but this time around, I decided to make it with the seeds altogether. This wonderful dragon fruit jelly taste really delicious when chilled especially nowadays when the weather is very hot.

Ingredients
Agar - Agar powder or strips, 1.5 oz
Water, 1400ml or more if you want the jelly to be soft
Dragon fruit, 1 fruit, blended
Sugar to taste

Pour water in pot and bring to a boil. Add in the agar-agar strips. Keep on stiring the mixture until the strips melt. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Put in the blended Dragron Fruit.  Pour the mixture in agar-agar mould. Let it cool down. Chill before serving.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Braised Bell Pepper with Carrot and Cabbage

I love the freshly cooked aroma of bell pepper (capsicum). I decided to be a little adventurous and cooked it with other vegetables. This is a very simple vegetarian dish and I am sure everyone in the family would love it. The kids can pour the gravy in their rice so that you don't have to cook soup! LOL!

Ingredients
Bell Pepper, 1 pc, cut into bite size
Cabbage, 4 leaves, cut small
Carrot, 1 pc, cut into slices
Corn flour with water mixture
Garlic, 3 pcs, chopped finely
Onion, 1 pc, cut into four
Light soya sauce, 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon

Heat up wok and put in the vegetable oil. Add garlic and onions. Stir fry for a short while. Add in the cabbage, carrot and bell pepper. Stir fry for a short while under high heat. Lower the temperature a little and add in some water. Bring to a boil and pour in the corn flour and water mixture to thicken the gravy. Add light soya sauce and salt to taste.

Note : You might notice that there are prawns in the photo which I added for my kids. You can omit the prawn for vegetarian version. I have used this similar photo in my none vegetarian blog, Peteformation.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Namyee (Fermented Bean Curd) with Romaine Lettuce (Yau Mak)

My late grandma loves to eat nam yee (fermented bean curd, tau joo) and this is one of the must have for during the Nine Emperor God Festival. The pungent Nam Yee is salty with a slight creamy taste. During this festival, devotees would eat only vegetarian meal for nine days. As a young kid, I would accompany my grandma in observing 9 days of strict vegetarian diet.
Here is my recipe for vegetarian stir fried Romaine lettuce with Nam Yee.

Ingredients
Romaine Lettuce, 4 bunches, cleaned
Nam Yee, 1 pc
Garlic, 3 pcs, chopped finely (Note:  Some Nine Emperor Gods devotees don't eat garlic)
Vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon

Heat up wok and put in the vegetable oil. Add in the garlic and stir fry for a short while. Add in the nam yee and break it up using the spatula. Add in the romaine lettuce and fry for a short while only. Pour in a little water. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Note : You don't have to add water because, nam yee is very salty.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fried Vegetarian Tau Kan (wet beancurd sheets) with Onions

I love to use taukan (wet bean curd sheets) in my vegetarian dishes. Taukan is easy to handle and you can cook it in many ways.
I tried frying it with onions and the result turned out quite good! My kids love this vegetarian onion taukan dish, especially my little daughter!
Here is my recipe for Fried Vegetarian Tau Kan.

Ingredients
Taukan, 8 pcs, cut into strips
Light Soya sauce, 2 tablespoons
Sugar, 1 teaspoon
Onion, 1 large, chopped finely
Chilly powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Vegetable oil, 1 tablspoon
Salt to taste

Heat up wok and put in the vegetable oil. Saute onion and chilly powder until fragrant. Add sugar and light soya sauce. Put in the taukan and fry until it is cooked. Add salt to taste. Serve with steamed rice while still hot.

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