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Char Siu Seitan Rolls

Char Siu Seitan Rolls

Full of Plants
Tender and meaty seitan rolls coated in a syrupy char siu sauce! These Vietnamese inspired rolls are SO flavorful + versatile + high-protein!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6 rolls



  • 5 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1 and 3/4 cup water

Char Siu Sauce


  • Add the flour and water to a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer. Knead for 3-5 minutes, or until your get a smooth dough. If it's too dry add more water, if it's too sticky add more flour. It should have the texture of pizza dough. Cover with plastic film and let it rest at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • Now you want to remove the starch to keep only the gluten. To do that, transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl and rinse the dough with cold water multiple times. Keep kneading the dough and rinsing until the water runs clear. I recommend doing that above a fine mesh to make sure you don't lose any gluten. At some point the dough will seem to disintegrate: keep rinsing and kneading until it turns into a sticky piece of dough. Once the water is almost clear, your seitan is ready. Drain it well and transfer to a bowl. Let it rest another 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, wrap 3 chopsticks together with plastic film to create a thick stick. Repeat 5 more times to get 6 thick sticks.
  • Using your hands, slightly flatten the dough into a thick rectangle of about 5x3-inch. Slice it into 6 strips. Take one of the sticks and carefully wrap the dough around it, overlapping about 1/3 each turn (see photos). The roll should be quite thick (about 1/4-inch) and about 4-inch long. Pinch at the end to prevent the seitan from unrolling. Repeat with the remaining dough and sticks.
  • Fill a deep skillet with water. The skillet should be large enough so the sticks can fit into it. Bring the water to a boil and lower to a simmer (gentle boil).
  • Add the seitan sticks to the skillet and let it simmer for about 7 minutes. You can adjust the cooking time to your liking. Cook for 6 minutes for a more tender seitan and up to 12 minutes for a very chewy and firmer one.
  • Immediately remove the seitan sticks from the boiling water and transfer to a bowl filled with cold water. Carefully remove the seitan rolls from the chopsticks. Your seitan rolls are now ready! You can keep them for up to 5 days in the refrigerator in cold water.
  • Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the minced garlic and sautée for about 2 minutes. Add the whole seitan rolls and sautée for 3-5 minutes, or until slightly golden.
  • In a small bowl, combined the char siu powder, soy sauce, water, maple syrup, five spice, and chili flakes if using. Pour the sauce into the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring regularly to coat the rolls with the sauce. Turn off the heat once the sauce has a syrupy consistency.
  • Use a pair of scissors or a knife to cut the rolls into small pieces and serve over a bed of rice! You can also use the sliced seitan in stir-fries, sandwiches, etc, to add a meaty texture.
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