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Mock duck

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– **Ingredients**:
– Made of wheat gluten, oil, sugar, soy sauce, and salt
– High in protein
– Distinctive flavor and artificial duck texture
– Flavored by stewing in soy sauce and MSG
Tofu skin variation known as tofu duck

– **Origins**:
– Originated in Chinese Buddhist cuisine
– Dates back to the middle ages
– Part of a variety of wheat gluten meat substitutes
– Popular in traditional Chinese dishes
– Often sold canned in Chinese grocery stores

– **Availability**:
– Found in some Chinese grocery stores
– Available in international food retail outlets
– Often labeled as Mock Abalone or Chai Pow Yu
– Commonly sold canned
– Popular ingredient in vegetarian cooking

– **Variations**:
Tofu skin variation known as tofu duck
– Other wheat gluten meat substitutes available
– Different flavor variations based on cooking methods
– Can be used in a variety of dishes
– Adaptable to different cuisines

– **References**:
– The Gourmet Regional Chinese Cookbook by Calvin B. T. Lee and Audrey Evans
– Article on the origins of fake meat in Chinese cooking by Ruby Lott-Lavigna
– Product listing for WU CHUNG Vegetarian Mock Duck
– Article on Asian groceries by Scott Russell
– Information on tofu skin and tofu duck on

Mock duck (Wikipedia)

Mock duck is a gluten-based meat substitute. It is made of wheat gluten, oil, sugar, soy sauce, and salt, and is high in protein. Its distinctive flavor and artificial "plucked duck" texture distinguish it from other forms of commercially available gluten products.

Mock duck
Canned fried wheat gluten ("vegetarian mock duck")
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Mock duck along with other wheat gluten meat substitutes has origins in the Chinese Buddhist cuisine, dating back to the middle ages. Mock duck can be found in some Chinese grocery stores or retail outlets providing international selections of food. It is most often sold canned. Similar products may be labeled as "Mock Abalone" or "Cha'i Pow Yu" (鮑魚; pinyin: zhāibàoyú).

Typically, mock duck gains its flavor from the stewing of the gluten product in soy sauce and MSG.

A variation of mock duck made from tofu skin is also popular, and is known as tofu duck.

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