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Zhai Choy with Fermented Tofu

4.79 stars

This vegetarian stir-fry dish is healthy and delicious. It is one of the dishes usually served during the first day of Chinese New Year. The core flavour of the dish comes from the fermented tofu.

Total Time

Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 30 mins

Dish Type

Side

Alternate Names

南乳焖斋菜

Cuisines

Malaysian, Singaporean


Ingredients

Servings:  
2 dried bean curds sheet(s)
2 garlic clove(s)
4 cube red tofu (fermented)
500 ml water
3 shiitake mushroom(s)
3 black fungus/mu-er mushroom(s)
25 lily buds (dried)
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 carrot(s)
glass noodles
180 g Chinese cabbage
1 1⁄2 tbsp sugar
salt

Nutrition per Serving

Calories

770 kcal

Carbs

36 g

Fat

41 g

Protein

84 g

Food Snaps

Cooked Vegetarian Zhai again! Yummy
Cooked it today. Really delicious! My family loves it
Absolutely delicious. A must have for the Chinese New Year.
Grace's recipe is so easy to follow and eversince moving to Denmark 2 years ago, I am glad I can have a taste of home  during  CNY.

Background

According to Chinese beliefs, eating vegetarian dishes on the first day of Chinese New Year enhances longevity. My grandma's vegetables stir-fry dish with fermented bean curd is one dish I look forward to during this festive season. This is a healthy dish and is very easy to prepare.

Chinese red fermented tofu

The core taste of this dish comes from the fermented tofu which is also known as red fermented bean curd or 'hong fu ru' (紅腐乳). This fermented bean curd variation is made with red yeast rice which contributes a unique flavour. Therefore, it cannot be easily substituted. This vegetarian dish will not be the same without the fermented tofu. It would be awesome if you are able to get all the ingredients but it is totally fine if you miss one or two of them.

Natural flavour enhancer

Shiitake mushrooms need to be soaked in water for at least four hours to ensure they are soft and tender. The water which is used to soak the mushrooms should not be discarded. It should be added into the dish during cooking.

For a non vegetarian option, you may add six dried oysters for seafood flavours which will further enhance the taste of the dish.


Steps to Prepare

Zhai Choy with Fermented Tofu Step 1

Step 1 of 4

  • 2 dried bean curds sheet(s)

Fry dried bean curd pieces in oil until golden brown and crispy. Then, soften them in a bowl of water.

Zhai Choy with Fermented Tofu Step 2

Step 2 of 4

  • 2 garlic clove(s)
  • 4 cube red tofu (fermented)

Using the same pan, pour away excess oil and lightly fry chopped garlic at low heat until fragrant. Add fermented tofu (mashed using a fork).

Zhai Choy with Fermented Tofu Step 3

Step 3 of 4

  • 500 ml water
  • 3 shiitake mushroom(s)
  • 3 black fungus/mu-er mushroom(s)
  • 25 lily buds (dried)
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

Add water and allow it to boil. Once gravy boils, add shiitake mushrooms, black fungus, dried lily buds, dried bean curd pieces (broken into smaller pieces) and dark soy sauce. Ensure that gravy is enough to cover all the ingredients.

Zhai Choy with Fermented Tofu Step 4

Step 4 of 4

  • 1 carrot(s)
  • glass noodles
  • 180 g Chinese cabbage
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp sugar
  • salt

Once gravy boils again, add carrots, glass noodles and Chinese cabbage. Add sugar to taste. For more saltiness, add salt or another cube of fermented tofu. Let the dish simmer for another 10 minutes or until all ingredients soften.

Published: January 23, 2014


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