Tofu Steaks with Homemade Black Bean Tofu 

Tofu Steaks with Homemade Black Bean Tofu

Every vegan knew what we can get the protein from our food. Soybean, tofu is the main source among them.

I love tofu in my cooking, today I make my own tofu with the black bean for a change. The ingredients are so simple because only have a mixture of black beans and normal soybeans, and I use the rice vinegar for the coagulant. It sets beautifully. But I forgot to sieve the soymilk twice. The texture looks a bit rough for my saying. But the taste remains the same.

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Morel (Morchella Vulgaris) Braised Tofu 羊肚菌紅燒豆腐

Morel (Morchella Vulgaris) Braised Tofu 羊肚菌紅燒豆腐

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The nutritional value of this Morel (Morchella) is very high as the price!

According to the internet information, there is fresh and dry Morel on the market, but the most important thing is that it has wild and cultivated points, and the effect is very different. It is best used for anti-cancer, immune-enhancing, gastrointestinal, phlegm, etc…

 

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Crispy Vegan Mung Bean pastry 綠豆酥皮餅

Crispy Vegan Mung Bean pastry 綠豆酥皮餅

 

Today’s pastry is called puff pastry but not really the same as the normal puff pastry that you can get from the supermarket. It is one of the Chinese pastry with thousand layers like I made before: Green Tea Spiral (Thousand Layer) Cake with Red Bean Paste ~ 綠茶,紅豆千層酥. It needs to prepare one ‘water’ dough (flour mixed with water mainly), another pastry is called ‘oil’ dough (flour mixed with butter or oil). But I prefer to use vegetable oil more than butter to get healthier, cause I need to take the concern of my cholesterol.

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Kale Pesto Fried Rice

Kale Pesto Fried Rice

For my memory, I think I haven’t posted any rice dish before, except risotto.

This is an easy fusion dish, mix up with pesto sauce with fried rice. Why do I use kale? Mainly because basil is too expensive for me for a few leaves. So I get the kale instead and it is on sale! I can keep a few more pennies in my pocket. :p

In addition, this pesto sauce has so many health benefits to share. Such as full of folic acid, add walnuts with it can give us the omega 3, which protects our brain cells. Also, it is so delicious on spaghetti as well, I’m planning to make it for my tomorrow dinner.

 

Kale Pesto Fried Rice

Ingredient: 

  • 2 cups Kale leaves only, stems removed
  • A large handful Toasted walnuts
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped (I haven’t used it)
  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil, more or less

Method: 

  1. In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine the kale leaves first for the first 2 minutes. Then add the other ingredients except for the olive oil. When the motor running, drizzle the olive oil in slowly through the hole. Blend it all until a smooth sauce. Store in a clean jar and top up with more olive oil and store in the fridge.
  2. Then fry the rice in a hot work with a bit more oil and add the pesto sauce. Mix evenly and add some sweetcorn or garden peas if you like.
  3. Work is done and serves straight away.

Roasted Aubergine/Eggplant ‘Steak’ with Miso & Tahini Sauce 味噌麻醬烤茄子扒

Roasted Aubergine/Eggplant ‘Steak’with Miso & Tahini Sauce 味噌麻醬烤茄子扒

Would you think it is steak? It tastes like real steak, I know I shouldn’t say so, but it tastes so good with the texture was so real.

This is the easiest way to get a super delicious dish in a quick way. Few ingredients with few steps. Would you think this will be your quick dinner after work?

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Vegan Taro Paste Mooncake with Layers Flaky Pastry (酥皮千層芋泥月餅)

Vegan Taro Paste Mooncake with Layers Flaky Pastry (酥皮千層芋泥月餅)

This is the most satisfied layers flaky pastry cake I ever made. Please look at the picture below.

Can you see the layers? I am so surprised after the pastry got cut out. It is the cake that I looking for. If you like to try it, check in the link here.

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Vegan Pandan Lotus Mooncakes and Fruit & Nut mooncakes 斑蘭蓮蓉月餅,五仁月餅

Vegan Pandan Lotus Mooncakes and Fruit & Nut mooncakes 斑蘭蓮蓉月餅,五仁月餅

Now is the first batch mooncakes I made for Mid-autumn festival in 2018. Pandan lotus mooncakes and the Fruit  & nut mooncakes.

Those two are the most traditional and oldest between all different kind of mooncakes. But I made it for all vegan fans. We deserve to have the same celebration with the others without having some weird food OR the others feel we’re weird! Never mind anyone!

The pandan lotus mooncakes without egg yolk here. Wish you don’t mind, but you can add the vegan salted egg yolk in the middle of the lotus paste. Also, this time I toasted some melon seeds and mix with the lotus paste together.

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Fruit and Nut Paste & Taro Paste for Mooncakes 五仁月餅餡,芋頭茸

Fruit and Nut Paste & Taro Paste for Mooncakes 五仁月餅餡,芋頭茸

Here we come again! I have two more mooncake paste for you all, that’s fruit & nut paste and Taro paste 五仁月餅餡,芋頭茸.

The fruit & nut paste is my hubby’s favourite one. I thought the old people love it only, but he loves it all the years. It is so easy to prepare and the ingredients I take it from my daily breakfast. Gather all together and form a ball, chill in the fridge to firm up. Then divide it within 35g for 50g cake mould. OR make it 50g for 75g cake mould.

And the other most popular one is taro paste, I bought it from the Oriental supermarket. The frozen one is cheaper and the result is the same as the fresh one.

Here is the link that I followed, thanks! 🙂

Taro Paste 芋頭茸

Ingredient & steps:

  1. 350g taro, defrosted and cut into thick slices, steam about 20 minutes until soft. Mashup when it is still hot and sieve in a fine mesh.
  2. Put the mashed taro in a wok. Add the 120g sugar and pinch of salt.
  3. Get 1/2 tbsp of Sweet glutinous rice flour, mix with 120g water until well combined. Pour over the taro mixture and add 20g of vegetable oil, like peanut oil.
  4. Put on the medium-low heat, cook and stir all the time until the paste form thick. Off heat and wrap in a piece of cling film. Let it cool completely and chill in the fridge to firm up.

Fruit and Nut Paste 五仁月餅餡   

Ingredient: 

  • 130g Plain flour, fried on a frying pan without oil until it starts to turn yellowish. Off heat. Let cool and set aside.
  • Mixed nuts, like cashew nuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, or Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds about 65g.
  • Dried fruits, like raisins, cranberries, candied orange peel slices 糖漬橙片, about 50g.
  • 15g toasted black or white sesame seeds
  • 15g Stem ginger, chopped
  • 100g Light brown sugar or use pitted dates soak in a little bit of water to soften, drained
  • 85g Neutral oil, like peanut oil but not olive oil nor coconut oil
  • 50g Water or orange juice

Steps: 

  1. Toast the mixed nuts and finely chopped with the mixed dried fruits as well, set aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Gather all together to form a ball. Add a little bit of water if needed.
  3. Divide into each ball around 35g each for 50g cake mould or 50g for 75g cake mould. Store in an airtight container and chill in the fridge.

Note:  Sorry, I messed up the taro and the yam. It updated and corrected already.

3 Mooncake Fillings ~ Pandan Lotus Paste, Red Bean Paste, White Bean Paste(班蘭蓮蓉,紅豆茸,白豆茸)

3 Mooncake Fillings ~ Pandan Lotus Paste, Red Bean Paste, White Bean Paste(班蘭蓮蓉,紅豆茸,白豆茸)

A week later the 24th of September will be the annual Mid-autumn Festival 中秋節.

Few months ago, people have started to prepare all sorts of mooncakes already. All the famous & popular bakery in Asia, like Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, etc. They started to sell all different mooncakes on the market. And people just acting crazy as they usually are, they lined up the long queues for days to buy those mooncakes from the famous bakery.

Then, as impetuous as I was, I nearly made them as well, only nearly but I didn’t, cause I haven’t make time to do it!  :p

Now, it is only just a week away, such mean it and rush for it. Although time is precious to me, I knew I still need to jump in.

The day before, I collect all the ingredients for the three different types of mooncake fillings, all standby to me for the next day to take action. And I blend 100g of pandan leaves (cut into pieces) with 500g of water in a blender. Pour into a soybean bag to drain the juice.

The first one is the pandan lotus paste, the second one is the red bean paste, and the last one is the white kidney bean paste. All beans soak up with water and finish the cooking but without mix up with other ingredients. And all ready for today.

All those pastes are low in sugar. So you can add more sweetness for your own like. I get inspired the recipe from this videos. Watch it if you interested.

The Pandan lotus paste, the red bean paste & the white kidney bean paste are all the same way to make. 

Ingredient & Steps:

  1. 150g Dried lotus seeds, washed
  2. 600g water to cook with lotus seeds until soft, drained and mashed. Then sieve through a fine mesh. Put in a clean wok.
  3. Mix 15g of glutinous rice flour with 3 tbsp of water, stir well. Pull into the wok with 75g of pandan juice, 100g of light brown sugar, a pinch of salt and 100g of neutral oil like rapeseeds oil or peanut oil (people usually use the peanut oil for more flavour).
  4. Turn on medium to low heat, cook the lotus paste. Keep stirring constantly and cook until the mixture all turn thicken. Off heat and wrap into a piece of cling film to let it cool completely. Keep in the fridge for later. And the paste will turn firmer for easy to handle.

Adzuki Bean Fried Rice Cake 煎紅豆糯米餅

Adzuki Bean Fried Rice Cake 煎紅豆糯米餅

Adzuki bean is the same as the red bean.

Japanese create lots of beautiful mochi もち or daifuku with this tiny, cutey red beans. It can make cakes, dessert, Chinese sweet soup, and bread as well.

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