Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Vegetarian Eight Treasures

The Chinese believe eight is a lucky number.


3 pieces spicy pressed bean curd
4 dried mushrooms
50 grams (3 1/2 tablespoons) carrot
75 grams (5 1/4 tablespoons) wheat gluten (a meat substitute available
in Asian markets)
50 grams (3 1/2 tablespoons) water chestnuts (fresh if possible)
75 grams (5 1/4 tablespoons) string beans
1 red chili
1/4 cup peanuts, or as desired
1 garlic clove
1 shallot
1 1/2 tablespoons hot bean paste
1 teaspoon rice wine


1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon hoisin sauce
1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
pepper - a few shakes
50 ml (just under 1/4 cup) water
Oil for deep-frying and stir-frying


Soak the dried mushrooms until they have softened. If desired, save the soaking liquid to use in place of water in the seasoning.
Wash and dice the string beans, gluten ball and spicy pressed bean curd.
Wash and dice the carrot, water chestnuts and red chili.
Peel the garlic and shallot and chop finely. Mix together the seasoning ingredients in a bowl.Boil the peanuts in boiling water for about 2 minutes. Cool.
Peel the skin and set aside.
Heat the wok and add oil for deep-frying. When oil is ready,deep-fry the peanuts on high heat until they are golden brown. Remove and set aside. Repeat with the gluten ball. Parboil the carrots and string beans for 1 minute. Drain.
Heat wok and add oil. When oil is ready, add the garlic shallot and hot bean paste. Add all the other ingredients except for the peanuts. Stir-fry until they are cooked,then add the rice wine and seasoning.
Turn off the heat, mix in the peanuts, and serve.


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* If you are a coffee drinker, this can be a way to lower your caffeine intake
* Clinical trials supporting Wu-Yi Tea's fat burning abilities
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* Promotes healthy diet
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* Does not contain calories, carbs or fat

* Has some caffeine, only slightly less than what is in a cup of coffee
* Website is cumbersome and maybe even a little ambiguous, since pricing info is not readily available


You are advised to drink the Wu-Yi Tea twice each day and include a sensible diet and moderate exercise. There are no actual foods or recipes, only the recommendation to not eat after 7:30 p.m. and to drink eight asses of water a day.


Mr. Willms' website recommends some exercise along with drinking your Wu-Yi Tea. These exercises include going for a 30 minute walk, swimming, or cycling at least three times a week.


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The Wu-Yi Tea claim is that you can lose up to 30 pounds or more by drinking Wu-Yi Tea. Of course, their recommendations to follow a sensible diet and exercise program will also contribute to your weight loss. As with most
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