Vegan recipe

Red Cooked Marinated Tofu, Shiitake Mushrooms and Chestnuts

Cook 15 mins
Serves 4

This dish uses Chinese style tofu marinated in Chinese spices and served with delicious shiitake mushrooms and chestnuts. An ideal starter to kick start your Chinese New Year celebrations.

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320g (2 Packs) Cauldron Marinated Tofu Pieces
1 tbsp groundnut oil
1 tbsp whole assortment of Chinese five spice + 1 × 5cm stick of cassia bark
2 tbsp Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
4 fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
10 cooked chestnuts
2 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal


  1. Heat a wok over high heat and when the wok starts to smoke, add the groundnut oil. Swirl the oil around and then add the whole spices and cassia bark and stir for a few seconds. Then add the marinated tofu pieces and cook until fragrant and browned for less than a minute.
  2. Add the Shaohsing rice wine, the light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and brown sugar. Add the shiitake mushrooms and chestnuts and bring to the boil and keep gently stirring.
  3. When all the liquid has reduced and the ingredients are slightly sticky with the “red cooked” glaze, take it off the heat and garnish with some spring onions. Serve immediately with some boiled jasmine rice.