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A plate of vegan mongolian "beef" with scallions and mushrooms

Vegan Mongolian “Beef” and Mushrooms

5 from 5 votes
This Vegan Mongolian “Beef” is made with soy chunks coated in starch and then fried to a crisp before being stir-fried with an aromatic blend of garlic, ginger, and scallions. It’s coated in a sweet soy glaze that beautifully coats the crunchy pieces of soy chunks to replace the usual “beef” in this recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian, Chinese
Servings 3
Calories 213 kcal

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 100 g dry soy chunks (see notes for sub)
  • 100 g fresh mushrooms , I used oyster mushrooms

Marinade for soy chunks

Coating for chunks & frying

Sauce

Slurry

For stir frying

  • Neutral oil for frying
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 green onions or scallions sliced into 2” long pieces, white and green parts separated

Instructions
 

  • You can watch the video below or see the photos above to see a step-by-step on how this dish is cooked.
  • Rehydrating the soy chunks: Rehydrate the soy chunks by placing these in a bowl and soaking in boiling hot water until doubled or even tripled in size. You can also rehydrate the chunks overnight. I simple place these in a container and add room temperature water to soak the chunks in.
  • Squeeze out the liquid from each soy chunk. If your soy chunks are the type that are in larger pieces (like mine), you can break these apart into small pieces.
  • Afterwards, pour in the soy sauce and Shaoxing or other rice wine, if using. Mix well and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by mixing everything together. Feel free to adjust to your taste. You can start with 2 tbsp soy sauce and just add in more soy sauce, to taste, after cooking later on. Set aside.
  • For the slurry, mix together the corn starch and water until dissolved. Set aside.
  • Coating the soy chunks: place the corn starch with the soy chunks and then mix well. Soy chunks do tend to hold a lot of liquid so if the pieces still come out wet even with corn starch, that’s totally fine. You can add 1-2 more tablespoons of starch to coat the pieces well.
  • Frying: heat a large frying pan or wok over high heat. Add enough oil to the pan to be able to submerge the chunks at least halfway.
  • Once you see small bubbles in the oil, you can test out the heat with a small piece. If it immediately and rapidly sizzles in the oil, it’s hot enough.
  • Add the soy chunks into the oil. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan.
  • Fry the chunks until golden brown and really crisp throughout, around 3-5 minutes in total. Keep at eye out to make sure they don’t burn!
  • Drain the chunks from the oil then turn off the heat. Remove the oil from the pan. I like to transfer mine into my oil dispenser since I can still use this oil for other recipes since soy chunks are very neutral.
  • Stir-frying: In the same pan, add in the mushrooms. Pan-fry these over medium high heat until lightly browned. Leave the mushrooms untouched for a few minutes on each side to allow these to release its water.
  • Move the mushrooms to the side of the pan then add a bit of oil. Sauté the garlic and ginger until aromatic, around 1-2 minutes.
  • Turn up the heat and then add in the white part of the scallions/green onions. Sauté until lightly browned and charred. Lower the heat to medium. Pour in the sauce and mix well until the sugar has dissolved. The sauce will slightly thicken from the sugar as it cooks down.
  • Add in the fried soy chunks and then give the slurry a good mix again. Pour in the slurry into the sauce. Mix everything together until the sauce has thickened and coated the soy chunks. Taste the soy chunks/mushrooms and season with more soy sauce, to taste, if needed. Add in the green part of the scallions/onions and then turn up the heat too high. Give everything another good mix and then turn off the heat.
  • Serve and enjoy immediately while the pieces are still slightly crisp. This is best enjoyed with steamed rice.

Notes

Soy Chunks/Plant-Based Meat

If you don't have access to dry soy chunks, you can use other plant-based meat substitutes from your local stores or grocery. Some of these may come frozen or chilled and you'll need to prepare them depending on the package instructions.
Here’s the exact soy meat I used! PS. Link is not an affiliate link. I purchased these from Shopee and can be shipped in the Philippines.
For my US-based friends, here are similar meat substitutes that you can find on Amazon:
(these are affiliate links)

Soy Sauce

  • Soy chunks absorb flavour really well so I suggest to start with 2 tbsp soy sauce first and then just season it more when cooking later on. I had some of these for leftovers and noticed that the sauce was absorbed even more by the soy chunks so if you don’t want it on the salty side, especially when eating leftovers, you can start with 2 tbsp soy sauce.
 

Dark soy sauce

  • Dark soy sauce is used here for colour so feel free to leave this out. This adds a layer of flavour too so you will need to season with a bit more soy sauce to taste, if needed.

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1238mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 4mg
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