Dry Bean Curd Oil Bamboo Shoots Salad

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Dry Bean Curd Oil Bamboo Shoots Salad
Serving Size: 
5
Preparation Time: 
15-20 Minutes
Ingredients: 
  1. Dry bean curd                                      1 Pack
  2. Bamboo shoots in chili oil                1 bottle
  3. White onion strips                              ~1/6-1/5 cup  
  4. Chopped scallion                                2 Tbsp
  5. Chopped cilantro                                 3 Tbsp
  6. Sesame oil                                           3 tsp
  7. Salt                                                       ~1 tsp   
  8. Chicken Bouillon                               ~1 tsp                     
Procedure: 

     We again learned to make this dish from a dish made by a friend at a party. The reason why we are now making it regularly is, bingo, the kids love it. We've always loved any variation of dish made with dry bean curd (dou-gan). The kids also love the bamboo shoots in chili oil (oil bamboo shoots). Now with the two together, it's a killer. They just can't stop eating it. This salad or side dish has plenty of protein, the dry bean curd and besides bamboo shoots it's sprinkled with onion strips, chopped scallion and cilantro. It's light and filling at the same time and the all-vegi ingredients bring up a healthy sense in the great taste.

 

  1. We are very picky about the brand of the dry bean curd and right now we are sticking with the Imperial Taste brand. The Chung-Hua Tofu Brand is good too. The Imperial Taste brand is firmer and thick, but it's almost not salty at all. That's why I use salt and chicken bouillon to slightly marinate it before adding other vegetables.
  2. Rinse dry bean curd in water and cook in boiling water for 1 minute. Take the bean curd out and soak in cold water to cool.
  3. Slice the whole pack of dry bean curd to thin slices or strips and put the slices in a big enough container for mixing later. The original dish made by our friend cut the slices into strips. Both are good and you choose what you like.
  4. Marinate dry bean curd slices with salt, chicken bouillon and sesame oil and mix well. The bamboo shoots in chili oil has enough taste, so the seasoning is for everything else and we mix them first.
  5. Slice onion into strips. Onion strips's sweet and slightly spicy taste is a great addition in this salad, but too much raw onion strip makes the mixture bitter. Take care to use just enough. Put onion strips into the mixture.
  6. Chop cilantro and add to the mixture.
  7. Since there is already onion strips, suppose the chopped scallion is not necessary, but it tastes good with scallion also. Add chopped scallion into mixture if desired.
  8. Put the lid on the container and mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  9. Open a can of bamboo shoots in chili oil. This is the least healthy ingredient in this dish. About one third of the can is chili oil. It probably will taste as good if we replace the chili oil bamboo shoots strips with fresh bamboo shoot strips. Before using the bamboo shoots strips, carefully decant or drain most of the oil from the can by pouring oil out and at the same time stop the bamboo shoots from coming out with chopsticks or fork. After this step, there is still going to be a lot of oil at the bottom. Try your best to exclude the oil and add the bamboo shoots into the mixture.
  10. Now mix everything well and the salad is done!

     My kids usually get a small bowl and just eat this salad alone as their h'orderves. It's a nice snack option when you are a little hungry but don't want a full meal. It goes well with rice, noodle and porridge.

    

Imperial Taste Brand Bamboo Shoots in Chilli Oil
Imperial Taste Brand Bamboo Shoots in Chilli Oil
Imperial Taste Brand Dry Bean Curd
Imperial Taste Brand Dry Bean Curd
Chopping cilantro
Chopping cilantro
Slicing dry bean curd
Slicing dry bean curd
Chopped scallion
Chopped scallion
Onion strips
Onion strips
Mix all ingredients in a container
Mix all ingredients in a container
Cut dry bean curd to thinner strips
Cut dry bean curd to thinner strips
Thin dry bean curd strips mixed with all ingredients
Thin dry bean curd strips mixed with all ingredients
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