Its been a long day. Everybody drags themselves into the house tired and hungry.
Hungry!!! There is no ready food. Who is going to cook?
Well we all know the answer to that. Nobody.
So what’s the solution? Like a well rehearsed chorus comes the reply….
Chinese Take Out
I don’t know what is it about Chinese food but it is such a popular and well loved food whether it is take out or sit down in a restaurant. There is just something about the taste that just has us asking for more and it seems no matter where in the world you are you can always find Chinese food.
That was then. You are now a vegetarian. Is that lovely Chinese flavor gone forever or is there hope that you will be able to enjoy vegetarian cuisine with the Chinese taste.
Chinese Vegetarian Meals…….
Does that really exist?
I wouldn’t be surprised if you are skeptical. After all, almost all the Chinese food that we encounter has meat in it. We really don’t see many vegetarian options. If your experience is anything like mine this is what you would encounter:
So off you go to a Chinese restaurant with your friends. They have no problem finding what they want to eat but you are combing the menu trying to find something. After all, you certainly don’t want to sit and watch your friends eat while you sip water.
So you are peering at the menu trying to find a vegetarian option.
Beef Chop Suey
Chicken Fried Rice
Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls
Chicken Chop Suey
Sweet & Sour Spareribs
Pineapple Sliced Chicken
Chicken with Mixed Vegetables
Honey Garlic Spareribs
Beef with Green Peppers
Fried Tofu with Vegetables….
Yes! Finally. You are saved. You can put the water glass away and join in on the eating.
On another occasion, maybe on one of your tired and lazy evening you try to order take out.
The person on the other end of the phone is quite pleasant and is trying their best to assist you.
Well today we have;
General Tao’s Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts
Sweet & Sour Hong Kong Chicken with Pineapple
Deep Fried Chicken Wings
Beef with Black Bean Sauce
Diced Chicken & Vegetables with Almonds
Beef with Curry Sauce
Sliced Chicken with Broccoli
Mushroom Fried Rice*
Spicy Fried Tofu*
Oh joy! Two vegetarian options……….. in the midst of numerous meat options.
It is starting to become a challenge ordering Chinese food. You are not so excited about Chinese take out anymore. Not because you no longer like the food. You actually miss the taste. Its just that it is so hard to find enough options to choose from.
I remember I used to visit a favorite Take Out quite often but after buying stir fry vegetables and steamed tofu for the hundredth time I gave up and stopped going there…………..Well it wasn’t actually a hundred times but it felt like it.
Sometimes even when the meal looks like it might be a vegetarian option there are bits of meat tossed in. So where does that leave us? Here is the answer……..
Cook your Chinese vegetarian meals at home.
Yes. You can do it.
Just stock up on some basic ingredients for chinese cooking.
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Chili sauce
- Ground white pepper
- Whole and crushed dried red chili
- Coconut milk
- Sesame oil
- Bamboo shoots
- Water chestnut
With your pantry stocked with these basic ingredients, you can whip up delightful tasting chinese cuisine in no time. Just add your various vegetables and meat alternatives and utilize some of the common methods used in chinese cooking.
- Stir frying – quick and easy.
- Steaming – considered the healthiest way to cook as nutrients are retained.
- Boiling – preserves color, shape and texture of food. Use a lot for soup making.
- Roasting – produces lovely, caramelized roasted vegetables.
- Deep frying -when you want a crispy texture.
It’s not as difficult as you think. With just these basic ingredients and utilizing these cooking techniques you are well on your way to creating lots and lots of chinese vegetarian meal options for you and your family. No longer do you need to be scrolling down long menus, trying to find even one vegetarian option. You will now have several options to choose from.
You can do it. Grab your wok, cook up a storm and enjoy lovely Chinese Vegetarian Cuisine.
Do you want to expand your options even further?
Then grab your copy of Quick & Easy Chinese Vegetarian Cooking and cook up dishes that will make your taste buds dance with excitement.
You are probably going to need put a plan in place to deal with your friends and neighbors who somehow will all start visiting you just about dinner time.