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Ma Lan Tou is a refreshing Shanghainese cold appetizer. In Shanghai, they use a vegetable called Indian Aster, but here substituted with Shungiku in Japanese or Tong Ho/Tong Hao in Cantonese/Mandarin.
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3 Tablespoons sesame oil
1/2 bunch chrysanthemum Shungiku leaves, chopped
1/2 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley, stems removed, rough mince
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
2 stalks green onions, green parts only, chopped
1 lb Hodo firm tofu, crumbled
Prepare the dressing. Whisk dressing ingredients together. Set aside.
Prepare the salad: Finely chop the herbs. Crumble and roughly mash tofu with a fork. Toss tofu and herbs with dressing. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
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The soy yogurt you find on grocery store shelves are always laden with sugar, or flavored that you can’t add them to a savory dish. Make your own using our soymilk and you will be amazed on how easy it is to add good probiotics into your life, and keep it all plant-based.
We used a vegan soy yogurt culture from Cultures for Health, which by the way, has some great videos and tutorials on working with cultures. The yogurt can be used as a reculture, too, so make sure you save a quarter cup of the homemade yogurt for your next batch.
1/2 gallon Hodo Soymilk
1 sachet vegan yogurt starter
Heat soymilk till it starts to bubbles on the edge, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool it in an ice bath till it reaches 110F. Add a packet of yogurt starter, and stir. Pour the milk into class containers and incubate at around 110F till desired thickness, about 4-8 hours.
There are several methods to “incubate” your yogurt.
1) Use an immersion circulator and keep the water bath at 110F, which I find is the most fool-proof method
2) Thanks to a tip from Jess at GoodEggs, place the jars of prepared soymilk in a cooler, then stuff towels and a couple bottles of hot water in the cooler.
3) Place in a warm place by your stove pilot light
4) Place in a warmed (but off) oven
That’s it. You can get Hodo soymilk from our farmers market stands in San Francisco and Palo Alto, and also through Good Eggs.
Cold sesame noodles are ubiquitous in Chinese cuisine. This version uses Hodo Yuba in place of a starchy noodle and with the addition of the hearty lacinato kale, this dish becomes an easy nutrient dense and delicious summer salad!
1 pack of Hodo Yuba sheets
1 bunch of lacinato kale
1/3 cup tahini
1/3 cup rice vinegar
4 T gluten-free tamari
2 t sesame oil
1 t sugar
1/3 T salt
5 cloves garlic
optional to garnish: julienned cucumbers, toasted sesame seeds, chopped parseley and/or cilantro, red chili flakes
Remove Yuba from packet and place on cutting board. (There’s no need to unfold the sheets, but if you are unfamiliar with the yuba, there are two folded sheets in the pack, FYI!) Cut yuba to desired width, like you would with regular pasta – for this dish, I prefer about 1/2″ wide noodles. Toss cut yuba into a large mixing bowl and pull apart to separate.
Rinse the kale and strip the main vein out, reserve to snack on, stir-fry or pickle! Cut similarly to the yuba noodles in width (hint: cut lengthwise to get longer rather than shorter strips.) Toss chopped kale in with the yuba and set aside.
For the sesame sauce, these are the basic ingredient quantities, but as always, adjust to taste! (You can use this sauce with anything, by the way, regular noodles, as a dipping sauce for veggies & tofu, etc etc etc.) Peel ginger and grate, conserving the liquid as well. Peel and mince the garlic (I tend to drop both ginger and garlic into the food processor at the same time and mince into almost a paste.) Add all other ingredients and puree together.
Add sauce to yuba and kale and mix well! Garnish as you like. As a side dish, serves 4-6 and as a main, 2-3.
Sesame sauce can be prepared up to a few days in advance. The salad can be prepared a day in advance – yuba and kale both hold up very well, and the kale actually softens up a bit with time! (Perfect for picnic planning.)