Vegetarian Kong Bak Bao 素扣肉包
Servings Prep Time
10servings 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
10servings 10minutes
Cook Time
  • 1packet Leaf buns10 pcs, steam according to instructions
  • 10pcs Curly lettuce
  • 300g Fresh Yamslice to 18 x 1cm thickness, width to follow shape of leaf bun
  • 2 Pressed Tofusliced to 1 cm thickness, dry on paper towel before frying
  • 1L oilfor frying
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3slices gingerthumb size
  • 2 spring onionwhite part only, cut to large pieces
  • 250ml water
  • 1tsp white pepper
  • 1/2tsp five spice powder
  • 2tsp soya sauce
  • 2tsp cooking wine
  • 2tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2tsp sugar
  • cornflour slurry3 tsp cornflour + 2 tsp water
Step 1: Fry the yam and tofu
  1. In a pan with heated oil, pan-fry the tofu till golden brown. Set aside.
  2. Add in more oil, and shallow-fry the Yam slices till golden brown. Set aside.
Step 2: Cook the braising sauce
  1. In a hot pan, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add in Star anise, bay leave, ginger and spring onion. Fry still aromatic.
  2. Add in water and the remaining seasoning, and let it simmer. Give a taste test and if the taste is good, thicken it using cornflour slurry.
Step 3: Layer the ingredients, steam and ready to eat
  1. In a shallow bowl, layer the tofu and the yam. Spread the braising sauce on them. Ensure that the yam and tofu fill the bowl so the ingredients do not topple after flipping them onto a plate.
  2. Steam for 30 mins and ready to serve with the steamed bun and curly lettuce.