Sticky Sesame & Black Bean Tofu with Bao Buns

It's Veganuary!! Last year the Veganuary campaign grew by 183% with 168,542 people signing up to go vegan. 79,000 omnivores took part 60,500 people said they were vegetarian or pescetarian and 28,645 identified as a vegan!

The total value of the UK plant-based market was reported at £443m for 2018 with 1 in 3 people regularly buy plant-based milks, and 1 in 3 Brits cutting out or reducing their meat consumption.

Many people are turning to veganism because of animal welfare concerns, health problems and environmental concerns along with accepting the Veganuary challenge. Over the last few years, the food industry has expanded their offerings to cater to the vegan lifestyle seeing many new restaurants and shops popping up with queues down the road. Some of our favourite high street restaurants and shops have also joined this new wave of catering and have created vegan food lines and menus ensuring they don't miss out on this veggie pound.

Are you joining in this month? Or even if you're a meat lover we have something that you are sure to love. This sticky sesame & black bean tofu with bao buns.

Bun Ingredients

Bun Instructions

Filling Ingredients

250g firm tofu cubed into 4cm thick blocks

3 cloves garlic peeled & minced

1 red onion finely chopped

1 red chilli

150g shitaake mushrooms chopped 

4 tbsp black bean sauce

2 tbsp tamari

1 tbsp tamarind paste

1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

Generous pinch salt

4 bao buns

2 pak choi

1 tbsp sesame seeds

Coriander to garnish

Sriracha sauce (optional)

Filling Instructions

Preheat the oven to 200ºC

Add ½ tsp oil into your pan and gently fry off the red onion until softened, then add the chilli, salt and  minced garlic cloves and fry for an additional 1 minute.

Add the mushrooms and cubed tofu, the black bean, tamarind, honey and tamari and fry for around 10 minutes

Add in ½ tbsp sesame seeds and place the mixture on a baking tray. Put the tray into in the oven for 8 minutes to crisp 

In a bamboo steamer bring a flat pan of shallow water to simmer then steam the bao buns and pak choi for around 5-8 minutes

Take the tray out of the oven and add place the sticky filling, steamed pak choi and top with more sesame seeds, fresh coriander and additional chilli if you l want a kick!

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