Vegetarian Kong Bak Bao 素扣肉包
10 pcs, steam according to instructions
slice to 18 x 1cm thickness, width to follow shape of leaf bun
sliced to 1 cm thickness, dry on paper towel before frying
white part only, cut to large pieces
five spice powder
3 tsp cornflour + 2 tsp water
Step 1: Fry the yam and tofu
In a pan with heated oil, pan-fry the tofu till golden brown. Set aside.
Add in more oil, and shallow-fry the Yam slices till golden brown. Set aside.
Step 2: Cook the braising sauce
In a hot pan, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add in Star anise, bay leave, ginger and spring onion. Fry still aromatic.
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
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.
Steam for 30 mins and ready to serve with the steamed bun and curly lettuce.