Made some mock char siu for vegetarian diet. This char siu can be eaten as it is or use as a condiment for stir fry vegetables, noodle and fried rice.
This is made from ready-made gluten which are available at the stores selling vegetarian food ingredients. They are available fresh or frozen. I have modified this recipe for convenience and the mock char siu nevertheless tasted good but it is soft and not like char siu which sometimes are tough.
Recipe Source - Amy Beh Book with modifications to ingredients and method
500 gm raw meen kan or gluten
1 piece palm sugar [40 gm]
2 star anise
1/2 piece of red fermented bean curd [nam yee]
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp msg [vegetarian]
1/2 tsp 5 spice powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
350 ml water or enough to cover gluten
a pinch of red colouring [I used orange AKK colouring]
- Pull the raw meen kan/gluten into a cylindrical shape or into strips to resemble pork fillet.
- Marinate the gluten with marinade for several hours.
- Place marinated gluten with marinate into a wok, bring to boil and simmer until gravy is reduce.
- Add in palm sugar and simmer until gravy is thick.
- Dish up, slice to serve and garnish with some toasted white sesame seeds if preferred.