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Braised Gluten Puffs

I cooked this vegetarian dish yesterday as our household observed a vegetarian diet on Wesak Day.  The deepfried gluten puffs is one of my favourites whenever we have vegetarian food.  On its own, they're quite bland but once  cooked with some sauce, they are very tasty as they're very absorbent.

  • 100 gm gluten puffs (Tau kan pok)
  • 150 gm broccoli cut to florets
  • 1  Tbsp wolfberries, rinsed and drained
  • 3 small pieces Tong Quai (Angelica Sinensis)
  • A few pieces of  young ginger, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4  Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2  tsp each of : salt and light soya sauce
  • 3/4  tsp sugar or to taste
  • 1  tsp cornflour + 2 tsp water to thicken

  1. Blanch the fried gluten puffs in some hot water to get rid of  the oil, drain and set aside.
  2. Saute the ginger slices with a bit of oil, add in the water, sauces, salt, sugar.  Add in the tong quai and let it simmer for a while.
  3. Add in the drained gluten puffs, simmer.
  4. Toss in the broccoli, fry for a while, then add in the wolfberries. 
  5. Fine tune to taste and add in the cornflour mixture to thicken.
  6. Dish out on plate to serve.

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  1. I know this gluten puff.My sister always cook with pineapple,so yummy.Your's looks so delicious too! Should tell my sister, there's other way to cook it, then I can have some..hahaha..

  2. I love gluten puffs alot. My neighbour taught me how to make them when I was 13 but not sure if I still be able to bring out the thing again or not! hahaha... Do you know how to make them? Have a lovely evening.
    Blessings, Kristy

  3. Oh I didn't realise that Tong Kuai is Angelica. I do like those puffs and the other vegetarian food (my aunty is a strict vegetarian). Belated wishes for Wesak day. Thanks for another great entry.

  4. those are tau kun, right? i like them.. by the way, the secret garden is up!

  5. yummylittlecooks
    They do go well with sweet sour pineapple too.

    I don't know how to make them. Mine was storebought!

    You are most welcome. I like vegetarian food made of bean curd sheet .... yummy!

    Yes. I'll pop over soon!

  6. cheah, do we get the tau kan from the vegetarian shop only? i'm not too sure abt this..

  7. I love this dish, simple and yet delicious.

  8. Lena
    Yes you can get this from Meng Kee vegetarian, but I got mine from the Kuan Yin temple by the river bank, along Brewster Rd near TM .... homemade.

    Yes, simple and easy to cook!

  9. I've even forgotten about Wesak day in Malaysia. No such public holiday here in Sydney :(

  10. chopinandmysaucepan
    But I think there's some celebration in Melbourne re Wesak Day.

  11. This is such a new recipe for me to know looks fab!

  12. It has been so long since I have gluten puffs. Hope you had a good Wesak day :)

  13. Ananda
    I can understand that. This is vegetarian food and these are available at vegetarian food outlets.

    Yes, I had. Thank you.


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