Vegetarian Sambal Mock Squids

“Low-caloric vegetarian Konjac-squids cooked with vegetarian Sambal Chili, delicious taste and interesting biting from this nutritious vegetarian health food.”

Yesterday was Chu Yi (初一), the 1st day of Lunar month of May. Of course, we had vegetarian meal for dinner for the whole family.

I bought the vegetarian squid slices which packaged into a nice plastic box. With the cross pattern on one side of the mock squid, it looks almost similar to the real squid slices.

[Ingredient Value] Konjac:
Beautiful flowery slices when cooked, these mock squids were made from a super low caloric and highly nutritious plant, and this jelly-like health food is called Konjac, in Chinese, 蒟蒻 (Pronounced as: Jǔ Ruò). I got the Konjac-squids from NTUC Fairprice (*Chilled compartment where you may find fish balls related products).

Let’s know more about Konjac food. Maybe you will be more familiar with the Japanese term, Konnyaku. Nay~ Konnyaku jelly.. Yes~ it’s the same product. Konnyaku consisting of Konjac is widely used in Japanese and Korean food products, now even Chinese vegetarian food.

Konjac health food benefits our body a lot which includes normalizing cholesterol level, prevent high blood pressure, rich in minerals and dietary fiber, etc. As I mentioned previously, it’s surprisingly low in calorie with almost no fat in it. Hence, eating these vegetarian squids literally having much opposite effects of eating the real squids. But I can tell you, the texture and mouthfeel of biting the Konjac-squids are almost similar to the real one, and in fact, the vegetarian ones are more bouncy to bite than the meaty-squids.

Diet watcher, feel ease for having more of the ‘squid’ now! Smile..

Let’s see how I cook this:

But, but.. This is for my vegetarian day, even sambal chilli has to be vegatarian product. I got the bottle from a vegetarian shop which sells cooked vegetarian food and also the raw packets for home cooking.

Ingredients
1 box of vegetarian squid slices
1 tablespoon of vegetarian sambal chilli
1 medium tomato, wedged
Pinch of salt and sugar
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil

Method
1) Heat wok with oil over medium fire. Add sambal chilli paste (*Beware of sizzling chilli, lower heat if necessary). Stir fry chilli paste with spatula till fragrant.

2) Add vegetarian squids (*You may return to medium heat if lowered it previously). Add water and stir fry for few seconds. Now, lower heat to low fire again. Add tomato. Then, cover wok with lid to simmer for 3 minutes.

3) Remove lid and increase heat to medium – high fire. Sprinkle salt and sugar. Stir fry for few seconds to combine well. Heat off and dish up. Serve with steamy hot white rice.

A generous portion of my spicy vegetarian mock squids counts about 160kcal.

Tips: Adjust the amount of chilli paste to your preference of spiciness.
* A box of this vegetarian squid slices costs about S$3 – $4.
* A bottle of vegetarian sambal chili costs about S$3+.