Vegetarian Loh Bak (斋卤肉) Recipe

Vegetarian Loh Bak filled with yam (taro). Absolutely amazing flavor.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Nyonya
Keyword Vegetarian Loh Bak
Servings 8 people
Calories 76 kcal


  • 8 oz yam, taro, cut into 1/2-in width strips
  • 3 oz jicama, yam bean, peeled and grated with a grater
  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder
  • 3 dashes white pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon water, optional, add if the mixture is too dry
  • Some MSG, (optional)
  • 8 pieces tofu skin, 6 x 6 in squares

Sealing starch:

  • 1/4 cup hot water + 1 teaspoon cornstarch, stir well to firm a sticky paste


  1. Steam the yam strips for about 8-10 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the grated yam bean (jicama) with all the seasonings. Add the water if the mixture is too dry. Add the steamed yam strips into the mixture, be careful not to break the yam too much. Try to keep the strips intact.
  3. Lay the tofu skin on a flat surface. Soften it with some water until it's ready to wrap. Add about 2 spoons of the filling onto the center, arrange the yam strips horizontally across. Fold in the two sides and roll up tightly. Seal the edges with the sealing starch. Set aside.
  4. Heat up your wok or frying pan with enough cooking oil. Once the oil is fully heated, deep-fry the vegetarian loh bak over medium heat until golden brown. Dish out, let cool for 10-15 minutes, then cut it into pieces, serve with your favorite chili sauce.

Recipe Notes

MSG is optional. I don't use MSG but I grew up eating foods with MSG.

Make sure the filling is tightly rolled up to ensure a firmer texture after frying.

Do not cut the rolls right after deep-frying. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting into pieces as they may not cut well when they are hot.

Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Loh Bak (斋卤肉) Recipe
Amount Per Serving (8 people)
Calories 76
% Daily Value*
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 7.3mg9%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.