Vegan Taiwanese Sticky Rice (台式素油飯)

A vegan version of Taiwanese Sticky Rice (台式油飯). An authentic, plant-based but no less flavorful take on the traditional round-table style dish.

Taiwanese sticky rice is quite literally the ultimate comfort food. I mean, its name “油飯” translates to “oily rice” — am I the only one who’s drooling from just hearing its name?! At the same time, sticky rice cooked like this makes for a painful reminder of those family gatherings that I could no longer have, being thousands of kilometers away from home.


An Application for Plant-Based Jerky

This recipe was sponsored by Gardein, a meat-free food company that aims to make a meat-less lifestyle easy. They have recently released a hardwood smoked plant-based jerky, and when I tasted it, I knew it would be a great addition to my vegan Taiwanese Sticky Rice recipe. The jerky itself is very chewy, meaty, and smoky — very similar to real beef jerky.

Traditionally you add pork, dried shrimp, and/or sausage to Taiwanese Sticky Rice to give it that meaty texture and extra umami & slightly smoky flavor. These are aspects of the original dish I believe I nearly achieved with my original plant-based version, but I still felt like a tiny bit was missing. Although I would say they are an optional addition for this recipe, they are definitely worth a try (especially if you like jerky!).


Vegan Taiwanese Sticky Rice (台式素油飯)

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by George L. Course: LunchCuisine: TaiwaneseDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes

A vegan version of Taiwanese Sticky Rice (台式油飯). An authentic, plant-based but no less flavorful take on the traditional round-table style dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup glutinous rice

  • 7 fresh shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced

  • 20 grams carrots, finely minced

  • 85 grams fried bean curd, sliced like lardon

  • 1 (56 g) pack gardein plant-based jerky, finely minced (optional)

  • 1/4 cup cashews

  • 15 grams ginger, finely minced

  • 6 medium -sized shallots, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon shallot oil (from frying)

  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (low sodium)

  • 1.5 tablespoons dark soy sauce (low sodium)

  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing cooking wine

  • 1 teaspoon doubanjiang, or spicy bean paste

  • 2 tablespoons vegan oyster sauce, I used Lee Kum Kee’s

  • 1.5 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground five spice

  • 3/4 cup kombu dashi (substitute: water)

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

Directions

  • Make the Sticky Rice. Soak Rice with water (place in fridge) for at least 6 hours, preferably over-night. Drain the rice and let sit for at least 30 minutes before steaming. Spread rice into a parchment-lined bamboo steamer and steam for around 25 minutes, or until grains are translucent and tender. Remove bamboo steamer from direct heat and keep warm aside.
  • Make Crispy Shallots. Make the Crispy Shallots. Heat up 1/3 cup vegetable oil in a wok/small pot on medium heat. While oil is heating, peel and slice shallots into very thin strips. Once oil is shimmering, place sliced shallots in and fry until golden brown, around 7 minutes. Note: especially keep an eye on the shallots after around 5 minutes. Once they begin to brown, they can turn too dark very fast. Strain & drain the shallots, and set aside both the shallots and the shallot-infused oil.
  • Make the Sticky Rice. Your sticky rice should be done/nearly done steaming before you begin this step. In a wok/small pot, heat 1 tablespoon of the shallot-infused oil on medium-heat, and fry minced ginger until aromatic, around 1 minute. Add shiitake mushrooms and cook until most moisture evaporates, then follow with carrots, fried bean curd, fried shallots, minced jerky, and cashews. Cook everything together while constantly stirring for 2-3 minutes. Deglaze with soy sauces, cooking wine, doubanjiang, vegan oyster sauce, brown sugar, and five spice. Mix everything together, then immediately follow with your steamed sticky rice (break it up and add by chunks). Note: be careful not to squish the rice while stirring! Then, finish by adding kombu dashi (or water) with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil, and cook until most of the liquid evaporates.
  • Finish the Sticky Rice. Add all of the sticky rice back into the parchment-lined bamboo steamer. Steam for an additional 10 minutes to heat everything through & evaporate additional moisture. To finish, garnish with coriander or chopped scallions. Serve warm (I like to add additional doubanjiang on the side).

Notes

  • Kombu Dashi. Can be home-made with kombu, dried mushrooms, water, and liquid smoke (optional). Recipe can be found in my home-made vegan kimchi recipe.
  • Plant-based Jerky. Note that the plant-based jerky is rather tough, and may be difficult to cut. Be careful when cutting/mincing, especially if your knife is a little dull.

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Liz
Liz
27 days ago

Congrats on the sponsor!

Thanks for including meat substitutes!