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Teochew Treasure Cabbage (Chai Choy) 传统潮州包菜
Teochew Treasure Cabbage is a traditional vegetarian dish and it is very simple to cook. Just stir fry fresh green cabbage with other dry flavourful ingredients like shiitake mushrooms and dried beancurd products. Then let them simmer in some mushroom water and adjust seasonings to taste. And we’re done!
    Servings Prep Time
    4people 20minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15minutes 1hour
    Servings Prep Time
    4people 20minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15minutes 1hour
    1. To cook this vegetarian dish, have ready all fresh and dried ingredients needed.
    2. Also, pre-measure all seasonings required.
    3. Start by first soaking dried shiitake mushrooms in cold water till soft, about 1 hour.
    4. When mushrooms have softened, drained well and squeeze off excess water from them.
    5. Retain the mushroom water for later use.
    6. Separate the mushroom stems from the mushrooms cap by snipping them off with a pair of scissors.
    7. Cut the softened mushrooms in halves or quarters and minced the mushroom stems for later use.
    8. Remove the cabbage leaves, piece by piece and then wash under running water. If you notice any signs of worms or insects, which sometimes appears in cabbage, soak in salt water or vinegar water for 15-20 minutes first. Then drain well.
    9. Cut the cleaned cabbage into thick slices and set aside.
    10. Next, soak dried sweet beancurd sheets in cold water till slightly softened.
    11. Using a pair of scissors, cut into thick slices and set aside.
    12. Next, soaked dried glass noodles in cold water till soft and drained well.
    13. Cut tomato into wedges and set aside.
    14. Then, in a pot of boiling water, briefly blanch the fried gluten balls to remove excess oil in them.
    15. Drained well and set aside for later use.
    16. Next, heat a wok with oil over high heat. Insert a wooden stick into the oil. The oil will bubble around the stick when it’s ready for frying.
    17. Once oil is hot enough, fry the dried beancurd skin, piece by piece, till just golden brown. Each piece takes less than a minute.
    18. Drained the fried beancurd skin on a tray lined with paper towels to remove excess oil. Set aside for later use.
    19. In the same wok, fry the drained and slightly softened sweet beancurd sheets, till golden brown in colour.
    20. Remove and drained well for later use.
    21. Retain 1 tbsp oil in wok, add in cut mushroom caps. Then add in 1 tbsp sugar.
    22. Stir fry the mushroom caps till fragrant.
    23. Remove and drained well.
    24. Then add in the minced mushroom stems and stir fry till aromatic, about 2 minutes.
    25. Add in the thick slices of green cabbage and stir fry till the cabbage has slightly softened.
    26. Next, add in the fried shiitake mushrooms.
    27. Followed by strained mushroom water.
    28. Then, add in the tomato wedges.
    29. Add in sugar.
    30. Followed by salt.
    31. Also the vegetarian oyster sauce.
    32. Some soy sauce.
    33. And mushroom seasoning. Stir fry to make sure all the seasonings are well mixed with the vegetables.
    34. Next, add in the softened glass noodles.
    35. Followed by the fried sweet beancurd sheets.
    36. And the gluten balls.
    37. Lastly, add in the fried beancurd skin.
    38. Turn heat to medium low and let simmer covered till beancurd skin has softened, about 5 minutes. And we’re done! Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
    39. Serve warm with hot steamed rice. As always, ENJOY!
    Recipe Notes

    Try to use a wok to fry this dish for ease of stir frying the vegetables and also a more even heat.

    Soak the dried shiitake mushrooms in cold water. Try to avoid soaking in hot water or soak for too long to ensure more of the earthy mushrooms flavour can be retained.

    Make sure not to overcook this dish as you will want the mushrooms and glass noodles to still have a bite and the green cabbage pieces still intact.

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