Steamed tofu, gai choy and shiitake mushrooms


  • Serves 4 people

  • 600 gm (1 packet) silken tofu, quartered
  • 4 small gai choy, halved lengthways (see note)
  • To season: Sichuan pepper, crushed to taste
  • To serve: steamed jasmine rice
  • Shiitake broth
  • 1 litre (4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 100 gm dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 cm piece of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, white part only, thinly sliced diagonally, green part reserved
  • 125 ml (½ cup) Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce, or to taste
01   For shiitake broth, combine ingredients in a wok. Bring to the boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low and simmer to infuse (5 minutes).
02   Line a steamer basket (large enough to sit snugly within wok) with baking paper. Place tofu and gai choy in basket, season to taste with Sichuan pepper, cover and place basket over boiling broth. Cook until tofu is heated through and gai choy is tender (5-10 minutes).
03   Thinly slice reserved onion tops diagonally. Divide tofu, gai choy and mushrooms among bowls, ladle over broth, scatter with onions, and serve with steamed rice.
Note Gai choy, also known as mustard greens, is available from Asian and select grocers. If unavailable, substitute bok choy or gai lan.
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