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Fan Tuan飯糰 (Ci Fan粢饭) - Stuffed Rice Roll

This Fan Tuan (Ci Fan) is a delicious quick on-the-go meal that is kid and family friendly. They are stuffed with crunchy vegetables, tasty tofu, and crispy youtiao.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Rice Cooking Time (in rice cooker)45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: rice
Servings: 4 people
Author: woonheng

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups cooked sushi rice or use sticky/short grain/black rice⁣
  • 7 oz [200g] firm tofu drained, pressed, and mashed⁣
  • 1 cup [140g] chopped Gailan stems or use kale or broccoli
  • 1 piece YouTiao or use fried wonton skins, croutons, saltine crackers⁣
  • ½ cup [80g] salted preserved dried radish or use pickles/relish
  • ½ cup finely shredded purple cabbage or use vegetables of choice⁣
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • a drizzle of dark soy sauce for color optional⁣
  • toasted sesame seeds⁣ white and black
  • crushed peanuts optional
  • oil for cooking
  • salt to taste⁣
  • sugar

Instructions

Prepare the filling

  • To prepare the salted preserved radish, soak them in cold water for 30 mins, then rinse.
  • Sauté them in a pan with some oil for 1 min, season with ½ teaspoon sugar (omit if using sweetened dried radish/skip this step if using pickles)⁣
  • To make the tofu, heat a non-stick pan with 3 teaspoons oil, sauté mashed tofu until golden brown and season with soy sauce. Set aside.⁣
  • Using the same pan, sauté Gailan stems until fully cooked through & season with salt. Set aside.⁣
  • Cut YouTiao into 3-inch long and bake at 350F until crispy, about 5-8 mins. ⁣

How to wrap Fan Tuan (check video)

  • To make the stuffed rice rolls, wrap a paper towel or sushi mat with a layer of plastic wrap or wax paper.
  • Lay the wrapped mat or paper towel on a flat surface, then sprinkle with a pinch of sesame seeds.
  • Scoop about ¾ cup of rice and place onto the surface, on top of the sesame seeds.
  • Using a silicon or rice spatula, spread the rice to a thin layer by pressing the rice down into a rectangular shape.
  • Add a heaping spoon of tofu in the middle and top with youtiao.
  • Add a tablespoon of greens, cooked preserved radish, and purple cabbage. Top with a heaping spoon of crushed peanuts if preferred.
  • Now, lift both sides of the wrapper up and use your finger to push the filling onto the rice.
  • Bring the long sides to the middle and fold them in a hot dog style. Use the side of the wrapper to push both ends so the rice sticks together. (think of how you wrap a candy)
  • Then, twist both ends several times so the rice roll is packed like a log. Tip: Transfer roll to a wrap, tighten & keep it wrapped while cutting or serving.
  • Sprinkle with more toasted sesame seeds on the outer layer. Serve warm.

Notes

  • YouTiao comes pre-cooked in the frozen or refrigerated section. I like to warm it up in an oven for a crispier texture.
  • It does take a few tries to wrap the fan tuan especially when you are using less sticky rice.