Ingredients: 1 block of firm tofu 1 tablespoon vegan fish sauce (or soy sauce* if you cannot find fish sauce) 1 tablespoon chopped lemon grass (or grated lemon rind of 1 small lemon) 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 red onion, sliced 1/2 cup chopped corriander and mint 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
Method: 1. Break tofu into small pieces with your fingers, into a hot non-stick pan. 2. Sautee for 5 minutes and add lemon grass, lemon juice, chilli powder and fish sauce. Cook for another few minutes then remove from heat and leave to cool slightly. 3. Toss tofu through with with red onion, corriander and mint. 4. Eat on its own as a warm salad, or served with rice or as an addition in buddha bowl. *Soy sauce is not gluten free, use tamari instead.
This is one of my favourite dishes from my childhood. It goes perfectly as an addition in a buddha bowl or even just accompanied with rice. But if you’re like me, I just dig into it on its own.
Ingredients: 1 large handful of green beans with stringy tip removed 2-4 mushrooms sliced 1/2 onion, sliced 1 garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon kechap manis
Method: 1. Sautée onion in a non-stick pan until it starts to caramelise. Add a small amount of water if it starts to stick. 2. Add mushrooms and cook further until it starts to brown. 3. Add garlic, green beans and soy sauce and cook for a couple of minutes. 4. Add kechap manis. 5. Serve with rice or as an addition to a buddha bowl.
Method: 1. Marinade chickpeas with soy sauce and spices for 10 minutes or longer. 2. Roast chickpeas in pre-heated oven 180C for 20 minutes. 3. Allow chickpeas to cool, then toss all ingredients together.
This is one of my favourite salads to make. It tastes delicious, and comes with black beans which is packed full of iron and other goodness. Adding fruit as an ingredient allows you to have the sweetness you need, without having to add sugar to the dressing. Serves: 4
Ingredients: 1 can black beans 1 cup corn 1/2 cucumber, deseeded and cubed 1 small capsicum, cubed 1/4 red onion, sliced 1/2 cup coriander, chopped 1 mango, cubed 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 teaspoons mustard
Method: 1. Put corn in a hot pan without oil, and toss around frequently for about 5-10 minutes until corn has char marks. 2. Put lemon juice and mustard in a clean jar and shake to make a dressing. 3. Toss all ingredients and dressing together. 4. Ready to serve.
This was an accidental and very delicious experiment when the plan was to cook some mushrooms but discovering that an eggplant had to be used. You can obtain black bean sauce which comes in jars, from most Asian grocers. Ingredients:
1 eggplant, cubed
10-15 white button mushrooms
1 clove garlic
1 red chilli, deseeded (optional)
1/4 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon black bean sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon kechap manis
1 teaspoon corn starch mixed with 3 teaspoons water to form a slurry Method:
Sprinkle salt liberally over eggplant and leave to “sweat” for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
Sautéed onion in a non-stick pan until it starts to caramalise. Add a small amount of water if it starts to stick.
Add black bean sauce, eggplant, mushrooms, garlic and soy sauce. Put a lid on the pan and stir occasionally. Turn the heat down.
When the eggplant and mushroom looks close to being cooked, remove the lid. There should be a sauce from juices of the mushroom.
Add the slurry to thicken the sauce and you’re done!
Making dumplings is always a family affair in my parents’ house. Someone is chopping with a cleaver, someone is kneading dough and many people are wrapping dumplings. These dumplings freeze well and can be added to soups or steamed up quickly for a quick dinner that feels extra fancy. You can pick up dumpling wrappers at all Asian grocers, and some supermarkets. Dumplings ingredients:
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 small carrots, shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
4 button mushrooms, sliced
1 dried shitake mushroom, soaked in water to soften and sliced
200g firm tofu, roughly mashed
1 small can of bamboo shoots, drained and chopped
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
500g dumpling wrappers Dipping sauce ingredients:
Sautee onion in a non stick pan. As the onion start to caramalise, add water used to soak the shitake mushroom to prevent the onion for sticking to the pan. If you run out of the mushroom water, you can add some water.
Add ginger and garlic. Then the tofu and all other vegetables except for the bamboo shoots.
Sautee until cabbage softens, add soy sauce and white pepper and cook for a few more minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.
Put mixture through the food processor. There is no need to push the mixture on the sides down. Some chunks is good for texture.
Add the chopped bamboo shoots and stir through the mixture.
Fill a dumpling wrapper with 1 teaspoon of the mixture, wet half the circumference of the wrapper, fold in half with the filling inside, so it now forms a semi-circle. Form pleats on the outside of the dumpling. See this dumpling video below to illustrate how it’s done. Credit to Delightful Vegans for this clip.
Make as many dumplings as you have filling or the wrappers. It can be a difficult estimate to have the exact amount of filling for number of wrappers you have. If you have excess wrappers, they freeze well in a ziplock bag. If you have excess filling, they can be eaten on its own or with some rice.
To cook the dumplings:
Oil free: place the dumplings in a steamer lined with baking paper for 10 minutes. Non-oil free: In a hot non-stick pan, put in 1 tablespoon of oil. When oil reaches smoke point, put dumplings in the pan. Add 1/4 cups of water into the pan, it will sizzle. Cover the pan with a lid and turn the heat to its lowest plan and let the dumplings steam in the pan. Once the water is fully absorbed, turn the dumplings and put the lid on. Continue to do this until sides of the dumplings is browned.
Mix all ingredients together until the sugar has dissolved.
Serve with slices of the chilli depending on how spicy you like your dumplings.