Cold Wheat Gluten
Style: Shaanxi Cuisine
Characteristics: This dish is attractive and delicious straight inside its tender core.
Wheat gluten, produced from wheat flour, commonly known as 'A Brilliant Flower of Chinese Vegetable Cuisine', is a protein extract from beans and animal food with high inorganic salts and low fat.
It is served after fried, stir-fried or first boiled or steamed, and then chilled, of which Cold Wheat Gluten is a variant.
250g wheat gluten
prickly ash seeds
chicken essence (chicken stock/bouillon)
Note: the amount of the ingredients especially the seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.
A. Peel the garlic. Wash it in water and then chop it up. Place the pieces on a plate
B. Wash the green onion sections. Chop it up and place the slices on a plate.
C. Wash the cucumber, and cut it into thin slices, and place the slices on a plate.
D. Wash the wheat gluten, and then steam it for 3-5 minutes, take it out and cut that into thin slices. Finally, put them into a small basin.
Add in the cucumber slices, ground chili, chopped garlic and green onion on the wheat gluten slices in the basin.
Place a wok over high heat and add some cooking oil. When the oil becomes sizzling hot, add some prickly ash seeds. Stir it for about 30 seconds until the air smells fragrant. Turn off the heat, and strain the prickly ash seeds from the oil through a colander. Pour the oil from the wok onto the vegetables.
Add the salt, chicken essence, and white vinegar. Stir it thoroughly with chopsticks and ready to serve.
Following the above recipe for cooking, now Cold Wheat Gluten is ready.
Mr. Jose, Ms. Blanca and Mr. Rodrigo from Mexico took part in our Chinese cooking class on October 5 2013 during their tour in Xi'an. They of course learnt to make dumplings and try to cook Chinese dishes, including the Cold Wheat Gluten. Our guide worked as an interpreter because they were all curious to know what the ingredient names are in English. This made the experience more interactive and some of them were interested to learn some Chinese words about food.
On Sep. 17, 2012, Mr. Jere, Ms. Barbara, Mr. David & Ms. Ms. Marilyn from USA stepped into a local family in Xi'an, led by our tour guide. Rather than a simple visit to see what a true Chinese ordinary apartment is like, it was highlighted by a cooking class by the warm-hearted hostess who taught them to cook Steamed Perch, Cold Wheat Gluten & Pan Fried Dumplings with great patience. They said that the service provided by us was excellent and beyond their expectations.See details at Mr. Darrel's feedback
On Sep. 8, 2010, Mr. Timothy & Ms. Natalia from UK made a private tour to a representative family in Xi'an under the arrangement by our company. After a brief introduction and an overall visit to the apartment, they had a cooking class taught by the host, and learned to cook Braised Spare Ribs, Twice-Cooked Pork & Cold Wheat Gluten.