Vegetarian Mock Duck Stir Fry

Vegetarian Mock Duck Stir Fry
I love gluten 'meat' that Chinese Buddhists use to cook their varied vegetarian dishes. I have never tried making gluten myself, but I understand it is quite labour intensive to make, and it takes a lot of high protein wheat flour to make just a little chunk of gluten meat, hence the price of it is usually rather expensive.

I first learnt about this canned Mock Duck product years ago from my university classmate who, surprisingly, is a Sikh girl from Singapore. I didn't even know that non-Chinese/Buddhist people used gluten 'meat' in their dishes. One day, I was at her apartment helping her prepare lunch and she showed me how her grandma made a quick and simple stir fry with a little can of vegetarian gluten 'meat' and an onion as main ingredients, then flavoured with a bit of chilli sauce and soy sauce. Since then, I have often cooked this dish, changing and adapting ingredients, to evolve it to what is now one of our favourite 'fall back' dishes when I don't have much time to cook, or not much fresh vegetables in the fridge to cook with. But just like baked beans, I always have a couple of cans of mock duck in my pantry, and onions/garlic in the drawer.

The brand for this gluten 'meat' is Wu Chung, produced in Taiwan. I have not seen other brands of similar vegetarian mock duck. A 280gm sized can usually costs anything between A$1.60 to A$2.90 depending on where you buy it from.

This brand also has a few other flavours of vegetarian gluten 'meats'. I have tried using their Mock Chicken 'meat' too to make this dish. They are interchangeable if you can't find the Mock Duck, but I still prefer to use their Mock Duck :).

I also sometimes replace the sambal oelek/chilli garlic/siracha sauce with curry and turmeric powders just for a little taste variation. Can't help it, it is the Malaysian in me lol. Both variations are yummy!

By the way, the only Sambal Oelek, Chilli Garlic, and Siracha sauces I use is the Huy Fong brand from the USA - - they are the best chilli/dipping sauces on the market. My suggestion is don't bother with any other brand!! They are widely available in major supermarkets, although they are usually quite a bit cheaper from Asian grocers.

Vegetarian Mock Duck Stir Fry

1 can 280gm mock duck (drained, sliced thinly)
1 large onion (peeled, sliced thinly)
2 cloves garlic (peeled, minced)
3 tablespoons neutral flavoured oil (do not use olive oil)
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
1 teaspoon thick soy sauce (cooking caramel)
1 teaspoon garlic chilli or sambal oelek sauce **(see notes to vary this ingredient)
1/4 cup water

  1. Heat oil in wok or pan, and saute onions and garlic over medium high heat till onions start to slightly brown. 
  2. Add garlic chilli sauce**, saute another 30 seconds.
  3. Add sliced mock duck, light soy sauce, and thick soy sauce. Saute for a minute, then add water and let simmer a bit till sauce dries up and thickens. Dish up, garnish with chopped spring onions and coriander if desired. 
  4. Serve with steamed rice.


For another yummy taste variation, substitute the chilli sauce with following :-

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder