This is another of my family’s most treasured vegetarian dish, proudly named our teochew treasure cabbage（传统潮州包菜）. There may be different versions of this vegetarian dish based on one’s dialect background but this is the one version my family likes so much. It is a precious tradition passed down by my mum, my mum-in-law, their mums and their mums’ mum.
When I was little, I remembered how my mum used to make this dish on the first day of Chinese New Year and all my family members would gather looking forward just to have this when they came visiting on that auspicious morning. And there was just never enough to go around!
Teochew Treasure Cabbage is truly a vegetarian delight and its very easy to prepare. The main fresh vegetable used is the sweet yet crunchy green cabbage and tomatoes which give this dish a distinct sweet and sour taste. The other typical vegetable used is the flavourful dried shiitake mushrooms. However, the highlights are actually the other dried ingredients like the sweet beancurd sheets, dried beancurd skin, glass noodles and the MUST have, fried gluten balls (or gluten puffs).
The final product is a colourful, mouthwatering, slightly sweet and savoury dish that goes perfectly well with a bowl of hot steamed rice. This dish can also be eaten as a one dish meal as the addition of glass noodles and vegetables can make it so wholesome.