Jai- Buddha’s Delight Gong Hei Fat Choy!

Jai- Buddha’s Delight

Gong Hei Fat CHoy! Jai is also called monk’s food and is served at the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. The dish is put together with 12 lucky ingredients.  Allow yourself at least 2 hours to prep for this dish. Shop in Chinatown or an Asian market to find the specialty ingredients. If you are unable to find a certain item, you can easily substitute another vegetable like, carrots or sugar snap peas. Enjoy this dish with family and friends for a healthy, wealthy and prosperous New Year!

Soak for 2 hours in hot water:

1-package mung bean noodles

Soak for 30 minutes in hot water, drain:

1-cup wood ear mushrooms (black fungus)

Half a package of bean curd sticks (cut into 2 inch strips after soaking)

Soak for 10 minutes in cold water:

1 cup fried wheat gluten (dao pok)

8 jadofu (aburage) fried tofu pockets, cut in half

Slice 3 cups shitakes (remove stems), 1-cup water chestnuts, 1-cup arrowroot (see goo), and 2 cups lotus root

Blanch 3 cups snow peas for 30 seconds then shock in ice bath

Shred 1 bunch Napa cabbage, remove core

Skin 1-cup gingko nuts (cut in half to remove sprout to avoid bitterness). Try peanuts as a substitute if gingko is unavailable

Boil 3-inch square piece of black hair seaweed (fat choy) for 10 minutes with a one-inch piece of ginger and a pinch of salt. Drain, cool and squeeze out water

Mix 1 cup reserved mushroom soaking liquid, 2 cups water, ¼ cup tamari soy sauce, ¼ cup sugar, and 2 Tbsp black bean sauce

Heat 2 Tbsp red bean curd and 2 Tbsp fermented bean curd in wok on high heat. Mash with back of spatula until broken into small bits. Add liquid seasoning mixture. Bring to boil for 2 minutes. Add shitakes, wood ears, lotus root, water chestnuts, arrowroot, gingko nuts, black hair seaweed. Cook for 4 minutes, until slightly softened. Add bean curd sticks, fried wheat gluten, fried tofu pockets, noodles. Toss well. Correct seasoning. Add Napa cabbage, snow peas. Serve immediately. Makes about 8 servings.

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