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Showing posts from March, 2022

Vegan Clay Pot Rice (Bao Zai Fan)

THE rice bowl to end all rice bowls! Fluffy, perfectly cooked rice with "meaty", savory toppings, and refreshing vegetables all in one pot, every single grain of rice has fully absorbed the flavors from the umami sauce and all the flavorful toppings, and just when you think this couldn't possibly get any better, you'll reach the golden, crispy, rice "cracker" bottom for a grand finale surprise. The Hong Kong style clay pot rice, or Bao Zai Fan 煲仔饭, is one of my absolute childhood favorites. It's a complete meal prepared, cooked, and served all in one earthware pot! The cooking process is almost poetic really, all the different ingredients uniting into one in the warm hug of the pot, bringing their individual flavors together into one euphoric experience. Patience is key in this recipe, medium-low heat and low heat only, and you'll be rewarded with the most aromatic and beautifully cooked rice in your life plus the golden, crunchy surprise at the bot

Roasted Pepper Roll Ups with Scallion Tofu Cream Cheese

Juicy, tender, sweet, and slightly charred roasted bell peppers filled with vegan scallion cream cheese that's made of tofu, and a few simple ingredients! Use colorful bell peppers to add more colors and these can be a fabulous appetizer for a party or a fun little side dish just for you. This dish really deserves a lot more love and popularity than they usually receive! Take roasted sweet peppers - something that basically everyone loves - and combine them with creamy, refreshing, and savory scallion tofu cream cheese, bam, a heavenly combo both texture-wise and flavor-wise! There are many ways to char the peppers so we can easily peel off the skins. If you have a traditional open fire stovetop, you could simply use a pair of BBQ tongs to hold the pepper above the fire till the skins are moderately blackened. But if you are like me and have an electric glass stovetop, worry not, we can use the broiler setting on the oven. And per usual, I will be posting a video how-to on my Insta