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Step by Step to Cook Chinese Cuisine Easily - Part 5 (Savoury Temptation)

Updated on July 2, 2013

The Making of Fermented Bean Curd, Fu Yee - Part 1

The Making of Fermented Bean Curd, Fu Yee - Part 2

Savoury Temptation - Fermented Bean Curd, Fu Yee

Fermented bean curd, Fu Yee is a common side dish eaten with plain porridge by Chinese. Sometimes, adding some sugar on top of the fermented bean curd along with plain porrige or rice is an attractive meal.

In Part 1 of Savoury Temptation, I had talk about another kind of fermented bean curd, Nam Yee. Both of these fermented bean curds go through almost the same making process but the red yeast rice had been added into Nam Yee and make it turning into red color.


Savoury Fu Yee Sauce

The Sichuan spicy fermented bean curd is the best material for making Savoury Fu Yee Sauce. Its aroma and spicy taste make the Savoury Fu Yee Sauce flavourous. Because this salty and fragrant sauce is a kind of pungent flavour sauce, some people may dislike it. But don't be scare off by its special odour as once you tried it, I am sure you will love it as it really make your dishes taste good.

Here, I am going to show you step by step process on how to make Savoury Fu Yee Sauce. The sauce can be kept in refrigerator for 1 month if you can't finish it.

Ingredients to make Savoury Fu Yee Sauce

  • 3 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 3 tbsp chopped shallot
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 20 pieces fermented bean curd (Fu Yee), mashed
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 100ml water
  • 100ml cooking oil

Instructions to make Savoury Fu Yee Sauce

  1. Heat up cooking oil, sauté chopped garlic, shallots and ginger until fragrant then add in fermented bean curd and stir well.
  2. Add in sugar and water then bring to boil. Remove from heat, dish up and set aside.

After prepared Savoury Fu Yee Sauce, now we can use this sauce to cook Savoury Pork Patties and Stewed Lamb Brisket in Savoury Fu Yee Sauce.

Recipe 1: Savoury Pork Patties



  • 300g minced pork
  • 2 tbsp chopped water chestnut
  • 2 tbsp chopped carrot
  • 2 tbsp Fermented Bean Curd, Fu Yee Sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well then divide into a few portions, roughly 1-2cm thick, and form them into a round shape or a shape you like.
  2. Heat up 3 tbsp cooking oil, put in pork patties and pan-fry both side of the pork patties at medium heat until golden brown and cooked. Dish up and serve hot.

(Serves: 3-4 persons)

Recipe 2: Stewed Lamb Brisket in Savoury Fu Yee Sauce



  • 1kg lamb brisket, discard the fat and cut into pieces
    (Discard the fat will help to reduce the gamey taste of lamb brisket)
  • 5 tbsp Savoury Fu Yee Sauce
  • 2 dried soya bean sticks, soaked and cut into pieces
  • 2000ml water
  • 1 star anise
  • 5cm cinnamon stick
  • 5 dried chillies
  • 50ml rice vinegar


  1. Bring half pot of water to boil.
  2. Put in lamb brisket pieces and rice vinegar then cook for 15 minutes to remove bloody liquid or until grayish foams form on surface.
  3. Scoop up the lamb brisket pieces and discard the broth.
  4. Rinse the lamb brisket pieces with water and drain.
  5. Heat up 1 tbsp cooking oil.
  6. Put in star anise, cinnamon stick and dried chillies then sauté until fragrant.
  7. Add in lamb brisket pieces and Savoury Fu Yee Sauce then stir-fry until aromatic.
  8. Add in water and bring to boil.
  9. Lower the heat and simmer for another 1 1/2 hours.
  10. Add in dried soya bean stick pieces and continue to simmer for 20 minutes. Dish up and serve hot.

(Serves: 5-6 persons)

There are a lot of dishes you can made from Savoury Fu Yee Sauce. Here are some recipes you can try to do:

  • Indian Lettuce (or other kinds of vegetables) in Savoury Fu Yee Sauce
  1. Heat up cooking oil, sauté Savoury Fu Yee Sauce and bird's eye chili (chili padi) until fragrant.
  2. Add in cleaned Indian lettuce and stir-fry until cooked. Dish up and serve hot.
  • Savoury Fu Yee Fried Chicken (or spare ribs)
  1. Marinate chicken with egg and Savoury Fu Yee Sauce for 3 hours.
  2. Heat up cooking oil.
  3. Coat marinated chicken with corn flour then deep-fry it in hot cooking oil until golden brown and cooked. Dish up and drain the oil. Serve hot.

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