Vegetarian Brocolli & Mock Abalone

“Vegetarian dinner at home”

Yesterday was Chinese Lunar Fifteenth. We try to keep Lunar First and Fifteenth of the month as vegetarian days.

Since I have broccoli in the refrigerator, I bought a packet of vegetarian mock abalone steak from the vegetarian shop behind my block, on my way home from work. I remembered first seeing this mock abalone at a grocery store (which also sells vegetarian products) in Bishan wet market that caught my eyes at that time. Unlike those canned fried-gluten mock abalone and the one made of oyster mushrooms, this vegetarian abalone steak looks and shapes like the authentic one caught from the sea, vacuumed pack in a transparent plastic wrap. It was well recommended by the seller. This is a cooked product, I heard from the seller. Just open and reheat will do, or cook it with vegetables, like I did.

Broccoli, as we knew, it has potent anti-cancer properties in it. High in vitamin C, soluble fiber and contains multiple nutrients. And, it is low-fat! Mock abalone, sort of gluten flour and bean food, I’m yet to understand more on its ingredients.

Calories of such dish about 70 kcal per serving.

Very healthy food with no deep frying, no oily stuff, I added mushroom which is one of the good choices for vegetarian meal. The preparation time was rather short, I have it served within 15 min. See below:

Ingredients:
1 vegetarian mock abalone steak, thinly sliced
1 cup of broccoli florets (250g)
8 – 10 pieces of Chinese mushrooms, soaked and cut into halves
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 small cup of water (50ml)
Pinch of ground white pepper
2 tablespoon of vegetarian oyster sauce
1 teaspoon of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

1 tablespoon of sugar (to blanch broccoli)

Method:
1) Boil a pot of water, add sugar. Blanch the broccoli florets for 2 min. Remove and drain. Set aside.

2) Heat up a wok with oil. Set fire to high.

3) Add garlic. Fry 15 seconds, till fragrant.

4) Reduce fire to medium. Add broccoli florets, mushrooms, mock abalone slices and water. Stir-fry 3 min.

5) Add oyster sauce and pepper, continue stir-frying for 30 seconds. Cover with lid, for 2 min.

6) Remove lid, stir in the cornstarch to thicken the stock. Stir-fry for another 10 seconds. Serve.

Tips: To retain the fresh greenish color of the vegetables, add sugar into the boiled water to blanch vegetables. Please do not over-cook the vegetables, to keep its nutrients.

The texture of this mock abalone really taste like the authentic one which caught in the sea, seriously. Although taste not as sweet as real abalone, but it is very tasty and nice to eat as a vegetarian food. Price is unbeatably cheap as compared to the real one, of course. A packet of such costs about $5.80 (real abalone @ $50 min). So, try it next time!