Vegetarian Chinese Food

One of the greatest problems facing anyone starting out with a vegetarian diet is finding a variety of exciting foods to keep meals interesting. Many people considering a vegetarian lifestyle are put off by the idea that they will be restricted to a handful of basic meal ideas with a limited range of tastes and flavors. However this need not be the case. The good news is that, if you look at a broader scope of ethnic cuisines, you will discover that there is a wealth of delicious and healthy vegetarian options waiting to be discovered. Chinese cooking, for example, offers an amazing array of tasty plant-based dishes that are simple to prepare and yet which taste fantastic.

Vegetarian Chinese food options come in a variety of guises. Many of the staples of Oriental cuisine are plant-based, including bean curd, water chestnuts, beansprouts, nuts and mushrooms, meaning that there are a host of classic Chinese recipes which require no adaptation for those who eat no meat, and many more well known dishes can easily be prepared using only vegetarian ingredients. Some of the best known and simplest Chinese vegetarian dishes to make include stir fries and simple noodle-based recipes. Nothing could be easier than whipping up a classic lo mein noodles dish using a range of fresh and tasty vegetables for a healthy and simple dinner.

Whether you are looking for inspiration to help you bring more exotic flavors into your life, are searching for basic yet flavorsome options for a quick supper or need to find an impressive banquet to delight your dinner party guests, there is a vegetarian Chinese food recipe to meet your needs. So, read on and discover some delicious and exciting recipes that will whisk you away to the Far East!


 Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles 

 

This noodle based dish is both vegetarian and vegan and is incredibly quick and easy to prepare when you’re in a rush or after a long, hard day. Suitable to be served either cold or hot, you could even make double the amount and take some to work for your lunch on the following day. Feel free to use your favorite type of pasta or noodles, such as spaghetti or ramen. If you prefer your dishes less spicy, you can switch the cayenne pepper for red pepper flakes instead.


Ingredients – serves 3

2/3 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup of soy sauce
3 minced cloves of garlic
2 sliced green onions
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Juice from 1 lime
1/2 lb cooked noodles or pasta
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

Cook the noodles or pasta and slice up the green onions and mince the garlic cloves. Combine all of the other ingredients except the sesame seeds and noodles in a saucepan over a low heat and whisk carefully until your sauce is smooth. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss gently to mix. Sprinkle the sesame seeds onto the top of the dish and serve either hot or cold.


Five Spice Baked Tofu

Tofu (or bean curd) is a staple of Chinese cuisine and represents an ideal meat alternative for a more substantial meal. This dish, marinated in a delicious mix of five spice, sesame oil and soy sauce is baked in an oven and can be added to any type of stir fry, noodle dish or salad.


Ingredients

1 block extra firm tofu
1 cup of vegetable broth
1/4 cup of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
3 minced cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon of sesame seeds

Prepare the tofu by pressing it and the slice the tofu into strips measuring around 1/2″ in length. Grease your baking pan and place the tofu in the pan in a single layer. Whisk the other ingredients in a bowl and then pour over the sliced tofu. Leave to marinate overnight. Bake the tofu in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes before turning each piece over and baking for a further 15 minutes. Check to see that all of the liquid has been fully absorbed and then serve.

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