Stuffed rice rolls (Fan Tuan ‘飯糰’)


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Stuffed rice rolls (Fan Tuan '飯糰')

Stuffed rice rolls (Fan Tuan ‘飯糰’)


  • 34 cups cooked sushi rice (or use sticky/short grain/black rice)⁣
  • 7oz (200g) firm tofu –drained, pressed & mashed⁣
  • 1 cup (140g) chopped Gailan stems (or use kale/broccoli/sautéed vegetables)⁣
  • 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/tamari⁣
  • a drizzle of dark soy sauce for color (optional)⁣
  • toasted sesame seeds⁣
  • oil for cooking, salt to taste⁣


  1. To prepare the salted preserved radish, soak them in cold water for 30 mins, then rinse. 
  2. 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)⁣.
  3. To make the tofu, heat a non-stick pan with 3 teaspoons oil, sauté mashed tofu until golden brown & season with soy sauce. Set aside.⁣ 
  4. Using the same pan, sauté Gailan stems until fully cooked through & season with salt. Set aside.⁣
  5. Cut YouTiao into 3-inch long & bake at 350F until crispy, about 5-8 mins. ⁣
  6. To make the stuffed rice rolls, sprinkle sesame seeds on a wrapped sushi mat/cloth & place about 1 cup of rice in the middle of the surface. Using a spatula, flatten it out into a thin layer (if using your hands, be sure to wet your hands to prevent the rice from sticking to them).⁣ Add a heaping spoon of tofu, then top with YouTiao, Gailan stems & preserved radish.⁣
  7. To wrap, bring both sides of the rice to the middle & press to seal by keeping the fillings intact. (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. 


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