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To be honest Fu Yu Yau Mak, or Romaine Lettuce with fermented bean curd, was not a dish I’m familiar with growing up in Penang. Mom never really cooked this in our dinners, and it was only when I moved to Klang Valley for college did I have my first taste of this combination, and I love it ever since.

As it turns out, this is also one of the simplest dishes to prepare, here’s how:

the ingredients - garlic, romaine lettuce, fermented bean curd
the ingredients – garlic, romaine lettuce, fermented bean curd


  • Romaine lettuce for two pax
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cubes of fermented bean curd (smashed em)
  • 2-3 spoons of cooking oil
  • 5-6 chili padi (chopped)

fry the garlic first, then everything next
fry the garlic first, then everything next

Cooking Instructions:

  • heat up cooking oil in medium heat and fry garlic till fragrant
  • add in lettuce, chili padi & fermented bean curd
  • fry until vegetable is soft, add 1/4 cup of water or soup stock if you prefer it a little wet

We’ve moved into the new house with a bigger kitchen, so expect a bit more simple recipes coming this way. Happy cooking!

Discuss : KY cooks – Fu Yu Yau Mak (Romaine Lettuce with Fermented Bean Curd)

  1. I don’t cook mine until soft…I like it still crunchy!

  2. can we request recipes for you to cook? how about broccoli stir-fried with cashew nuts & prawns 😀

  3. KY, when I was little mom used to make stir fry lettuce with soy sauce and sesame oil. I like it still. Fermented bean curd I made with squids for quick stir fry dish.

    • Vickie: fermented bean curd with squid? I haven’t heard of that before, maybe will look it up and give it a try!

  4. CL (RealGunners)

    Heh! I also cooked this for dinner just now. Except I also threw in some fishballs and bacon bits for extra kick.

    Now I know why all the fu yu that I can get in Penang sucks. You guys just don’t do this delicacy huh..

    • CL: haha Penang has good hawker food and excellent hawker dishes, but we’re not good at everything.

  5. My hubby dont fond of fuyu although I love it so I seldom can order this outside >_<

  6. Filthy McNasty

    Could you make Fish and Chips with mushy peas please?

  7. My missus likes those fermented bean curd – a must have when she’s having porridge. Me? No, thank you. LOL!!!

  8. I don’t cook my romaine at all… I just eat it raw.. in a salad.. with all sorts of other good shit.. like bacon and pine nuts and avocado.. and bacon.. and dried cranberries.. and bacon.

  9. I’ve never heard of cooked lettuce before, but we have a tradition in the family – every Saturday night is with experimental meals, it’s when we try something new and different trying to keep our minds open to new conceptions and trying out some delicious cuisine. I think this will be a winner for this week’s weekend, thank you for sharing!


  10. It’s the only way to bring the family together for a dinner that I found so far xD Teenagers… what can we do.

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