Quirky Missy

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Recipe: Vegan-Friendly Stuffed You Tiao (Fried Crullers)

My mom used to hold a joint birthday celebration for my sister and me, as our birthdays are 4 days apart; hers on 13 October, mine on 17 October. My mom would make stuffed “you tiao” aka fried crullers only on special occasions, and our birthday parties were one of those occasions. So, this dish holds a special meaning to me, with mixed feelings of frustration and joy, considering that the party was always held on my sister’s birthday as my mom insisted that birthdays can only be celebrated earlier, but not later.

Traditionally, the stuffed “you tiao” consisted of squid paste and chunks of prawns, cilantro/coriander, spring onions, and seasoned with sesame oil, pepper, fish sauce. This is my veganized version replacing the squid paste and prawns with tofu and vegan ground beef. It is not an exact substitution, as I have not figured out how to duplicate the “sponginess” aka “Q-Q” characteristic of the squid and prawn. Still, this is still very delicious and it’s Boy-Approved!

 

 

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Makes 36 pieces

Main Ingredients
 6 sticks “you tiao”/fried crullers (thawed in fridge)
 1 block soft tofu (mashed)
 ½ cup vegan ground/minced beef (gardien etc.)
 2 sticks spring onions (finely chopped)
 ¼ cup cilantro/coriander leaves (finely chopped)
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 tbsp low sodium light soy sauce
 ½ tsp salt (to taste)
 1 tbsp sesame oil
 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
 1 pinch ground white pepper
Binder
 2 tbsp flax seeds (finely ground)
 6 tbsp water
Garnish
 sesame seeds

Binder Instruction

1. Ground (I used a coffee bean grinder) the flaxseeds to fine ground.
2. Transfer flaxseed ground to a small bowl.
3. Add 6 tbsp of water to the ground and mix well.
4. Let sit for at least 5 minutes until the mixture thickens.

Filling Instruction

1. Preheat oven at 200℃/400℉
2. Mash the soft tofu roughly in a medium bowl.
3. Add all the other ingredients (except for the garnish) to the mashed tofu and mix well.
4. Stir in flaxseed binder to the mixture.
5. Separate the “you tiao”/fried crullers (fried crullers usually come in two sticks sticking together) by pulling the sticks apart.
6. Use a pair of food scissors to slit open the “white” area of the each fried cruller (be careful not to cut through the bottom, it’s supposed to hold the filling like a boat).
7. Stuff the filling.
8. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the stuffing.
9. Cut the fried crullers into six equal pieces for each stick.
*Only bake what you plan to finish; freeze the rest.
10. Line baking tray with either aluminum foil or parchment paper (doesn’t matter) for easy cleaning later.
11. Lay stuffed crullers on tray and bake for 15 minutes (check after 12 minutes in case of oven heat variation).
*12. (Optional) If you want the top of the stuffing to brown, switch to broil/grill setting and broil for 3-5 minutes.

Serve with sweet chili, sweet soy sauce, ketchup, or vegan mayonnaise.

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Ingredients

Main Ingredients
 6 sticks “you tiao”/fried crullers (thawed in fridge)
 1 block soft tofu (mashed)
 ½ cup vegan ground/minced beef (gardien etc.)
 2 sticks spring onions (finely chopped)
 ¼ cup cilantro/coriander leaves (finely chopped)
 1 tsp garlic powder
 1 tbsp low sodium light soy sauce
 ½ tsp salt (to taste)
 1 tbsp sesame oil
 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
 1 pinch ground white pepper
Binder
 2 tbsp flax seeds (finely ground)
 6 tbsp water
Garnish
 sesame seeds

Directions

Binder Instruction
1

1. Ground (I used a coffee bean grinder) the flaxseeds to fine ground.
2. Transfer flaxseed ground to a small bowl.
3. Add 6 tbsp of water to the ground and mix well.
4. Let sit for at least 5 minutes until the mixture thickens.

Filling Instruction
2

1. Preheat oven at 200℃/400℉
2. Mash the soft tofu roughly in a medium bowl.
3. Add all the other ingredients (except for the garnish) to the mashed tofu and mix well.
4. Stir in flaxseed binder to the mixture.
5. Separate the “you tiao”/fried crullers (fried crullers usually come in two sticks sticking together) by pulling the sticks apart.
6. Use a pair of food scissors to slit open the “white” area of the each fried cruller (be careful not to cut through the bottom, it’s supposed to hold the filling like a boat).
7. Stuff the filling.
8. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the stuffing.
9. Cut the fried crullers into six equal pieces for each stick.
*Only bake what you plan to finish; freeze the rest.
10. Line baking tray with either aluminum foil or parchment paper (doesn’t matter) for easy cleaning later.
11. Lay stuffed crullers on tray and bake for 15 minutes (check after 12 minutes in case of oven heat variation).
*12. (Optional) If you want the top of the stuffing to brown, switch to broil/grill setting and broil for 3-5 minutes.

Serve with sweet chili, sweet soy sauce, ketchup, or vegan mayonnaise.

Stuffed You Tiao (Fried Cruller) – Vegan-Friendly

 

3 comments for “Recipe: Vegan-Friendly Stuffed You Tiao (Fried Crullers)

  1. March 12, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Those of us who have a texture aversion to seafood are happy that tofu brings lots of flavor without the same texture. 🙂

  2. March 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I bet these would be really good with vegan mayonnaise!

    • March 12, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      Maybe, I’ve not tried vegan mayo.

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