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Vegetarian Pandan Chicken 素香兰鸡

by Angie Liew
Vegetarian Pandan Chicken

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Vegetarian Pandan Chicken

A Unique and Impressive Vegetarian Dish

Variety is the spice of life and these petite looking vegetarian chicken bites is just one variety in our collection of vegetarian and vegan friendly recipes. Vegetarians who are looking to try something different and unique, this may just be what you are looking for!

Vegetarian Pandan Chicken

Pandan Leaves and Spice Marinade For The Ultimate Flavour

They are made by marinating the vegetarian chicken pieces in a curry spice marinade and then wrapped in screw pine or pandan leaves. They are then steamed for just 15 minutes and there we have it!  Tasty wholemeal gluten pieces infused with refreshing pandan aroma that are not too spicy, but very fragrant and so pleasing. You can also choose to deep-fry them and they will taste just as good.

Vegetarian Pandan Chicken

Thai Inspired Vegetarian Dish For Everyone

Aside from looking nice, screw pine leaves provide an added sweet enticing aroma to these steamed vegetarian chicken pieces. The amazing aroma of the leaves imparted in the vegetarian meat gives this otherwise ordinary and plain gluten pieces a distinct flavour and the wrapping, a unique presentation. They make great party appetizers and can also be served as a main or side dish.

Homemade Vegetarian Meat: A Versatile Ingredient For A Variety of Recipes

It’s just so easy to make vegetarian meat or commonly known as mock meat. These gluten pieces are so versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes, for example: Vegetarian Kam Heong Chicken


Vegetarian Pandan Chicken

Vegetarian Pandan Chicken

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Vegetarian Pandan Chicken 素香兰鸡

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
The amazing aroma of the pandan leaves imparted in the homemade vegetarian meat gives this otherwise ordinary and plain gluten pieces a distinct flavour and the wrapping, a unique presentation. They make great party appetizers and can also be served as a main or side dish.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes

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Servings: 6 people


Vegetarian Chicken Meat:

  • 250 grams wholemeal flour, or bread flour
  • 1 tsp vegetarian chicken seasoning, or mushroom seasoning
  • tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 80 grams rice flour
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • tsp ground white pepper

Vegetarian Pandan Chicken:

  • 300 grams vegetarian chicken meat, homemade or store bought
  • 10 blades pandan leaves, broad type, cut into sections
  • 20 pieces toothpicks, cut in halves


  • 25 grams curry powder
  • 1 tbsp curry leaves, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce, or vegetarian mushroom sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tapioca flour


    Making Vegetarian Chicken Pieces

    • Combine flour, seasoning and pepper.
      In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer, combine and mix well wholemeal flour, vegetarian chicken seasoning and ground white pepper.
    • Add water into flour mixture.
      Add water and using a dough hook, mix till an elastic dough is formed.
    • Rest dough for 15 minutes.
      Cover with cling wrap and set aside for 15 minutes.
    • Cook the elastic dough in boiling water.
      Then, bring a pot / wok of water to a boil. Using an ice-cream scoop, spoon the dough pieces and drop into the boiling water. Allow to cook for 25 minutes.
    • Remove and drain well.
      Remove and leave to cool and drain in a colander.
    • Combine ingredients to coat chicken pieces.
      Meanwhile, prepare the flour coating. In a bowl, stir well rice flour, all-purpose flour and ground white pepper.
    • Evenly coat the chicken pieces.
      Add the drained meat pieces and mix until evenly coated with flour mixture.
    • Deep fry chicken pieces.
      Then, heat up oil in a wok, add the coated meat pieces and deep fry till golden brown.
    • Remove and drain well.
      Remove and drain on paper towel.

    Making Vegetarian Pandan Chicken

    • Vegetarian Pandan Chicken - Step
      First chop some fresh curry leave and Cut the vegetarian chicken into smaller pieces.
    • Marinade vegetarian chicken pieces.
      Then marinade with chopped curry leaves, oyster sauce, ground white pepper, salt and tapioca flour. Leave to marinade for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
    • Cut and soak pandan leaves.
      Next, cut pandan leaves into smaller sections and soak in water for 1 hour. This will ensure easier wrapping of the vegetarian chicken pieces.
    • Wrap the chicken with the pandan leaves.
      Place a piece of vegetarian chicken in the middle of the pandan leaf.
    • Fold both ends to the centre.
      Fold both ends of the leaf tightly to the middle and secure with a toothpick.
    • Arrange on steaming tray.
      Repeat for the rest and we're done! Arrange the wrapped pandan chicken pieces on a steaming tray.
    • Steam for 15 minutes.
      Bring water in a steamer to a boil and steam for 15 minutes.
    • Vegetarian Pandan Chicken
      Remove and serve on a large plate. Makes a great party appetizer or side dish. So Enjoy!


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Choose pandan leaves that are of the broad type for easier wrapping.
It is important to let the gluten pieces absorb all the curry spices flavour, so its best to marinate overnight.
There are two ways to wrap. Fold the pandan leaves to form a pocket to hold the meat or simply roll the meat inside the leaf and secure with a toothpick.
Course: Appetizer, Main, Sides, Snacks
Cuisine: Baking, Malaysian, Thai
Keyword: thai, vegetarian

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