Vegetarian “Chicken”


Preparation info
  • Serves


    as a main dish .
    • Difficulty


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By Irene Kuo

Published 1977

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This cold bean-stick dish is one of the most delicious Chinese vegetarian “meats.” Softened bean sticks are stir-fried, then pressed into a tight roll, steamed, and then chilled so they become as firm and smooth as the breast meat of chicken. Serves 2 as a main dish, more as an appetizer. Stir-fried Asparagus would be lovely with it.


  • ½ pound soybean sticks
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 4 table



Bean sticks are sold in 1-pound packages. Take half and break them into several sections. Place them in a large bowl, sprinkle the soda over them, and cover with 8 cups hot water.