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Chinese Sesame Pumfu

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

An amazing plant-based, vegan-friendly, soy-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free Chinese Sesame Pumfu recipe that makes approximately 3 servings, and takes about 5-10 minutes to prepare, with an additional 20-30 minutes for cook time.


As someone from New York, where Chinese food is on every corner and as delicious as ever, of course, I needed a plant-based option.

Chinese food is a pretty unhealthy delicacy that people like myself can't enjoy most of the time. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a ubiquitous yet quite toxic food additive usually used to enhance the flavor of foods. Monosodium Glutamate table salt from the common amino acid glutamic acid is one of the main ingredients; hence sodium is in the name. Monosodium Glutamate is made by fermenting starch, sugar beets, sugar cane, and molasses, meaning it is filled with salt and sugar, both things we should be limiting. Unfortunately, despite plenty of reports to the FDA of adverse events following consuming MSG, the FDA still considers it safe despite the various forms of toxicity it has been linked to and thoroughly discussed in scientific journals. According to the Mayo Clinic:

MSG is also a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that's "generally recognized as safe," but its use remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that it be listed on the label (