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easy vegetarian recipes

Red Bean Bread

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Is there anything more comforting than red bean bread? It is the quintessential Asian bread. Be it Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or just about any other South East Asian and East Asian countries, everyone grows up eating this bread. The standard form is of course the round buns, but nowadays people love having this in a loaf, sort of in a babka form, so the loaf bread looks very pretty with swirls and layers.

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Broccoli & Garlic Stir Fry

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When I was still living in Indonesia and watching Western movies, I always wondered why Western parents seem to have problem getting their children to eat more greens. When I came to the States, I realize that greens here are mostly just steamed and served, nothing is added to the greens at all, so no wonder the kiddies hate them, I mean even I as an adult kinda hate those. If you want to have a slightly more exciting way to serve your greens, give this broccoli & garlic stir fry recipe a…

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Vegetarian Dumplings

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Chinese dumplings (jiaozi/饺子) is one of my favorite food year round and a must have item for Chinese New Year. There are so many varieties for the filling be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, and this is such a versatile food that you can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as snacks, or even supper. They can be served steamed, boiled, or pan fried. It is a good idea to make a huge batch, freeze unused ones, and cook some whenever you have a craving for some dumplings.

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Wood Ear Salad

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I count myself lucky that I grew up in a place where Chinese food is plenty and the norm. Whenever we visited Chinese restaurant, 9 out of 10 times, my parents would order a cold platter as a starter. This usually comes with multiple varieties of cold cuts and the centerpiece is usually some sort of salad, generally either jelly fish salad or wood ear salad. I love both versions, but since this blog is dedicated to vegetarian dishes, I am going to share an easy recipe to recreate wood ear salad…

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Ice Box Lime Cake

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After preparing food for many family and friends gatherings, I have learned that the one dish that unquestionable gets mentioned and leave the most impression is the dessert. So if you want your effort to be appreciated, be sure to volunteer bringing in dessert. Of course there are many kinds of dessert, pie is not a bad choice, but a cake will always win against a pie. And those who know me know that I am bad with cake decorating, but that’s okay, if I need to bring in a dessert, I can…

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Black Sesame Tang Yuan

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On the 15th day of Chinese New Year, it is customary for Chinese family to serve tang yuan (汤圆). We also serve this for other festive occasions, such as during Winter Solstice Festival (冬至), weddings, or during a family reunion. Tang yuan is made from glutinous (sticky) rice flour mixed with water and formed into round balls and served with a sweet syrup soup. Tang yuan can be plain with no filling, but it is more common to find them stuffed with sweet paste such as black sesame, red bean, or…

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Scallion Pancake

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If you are a Taiwanese of if you have visited Taiwan before, then you are probably familiar with this ever present snack, scallion pancake. They are fluffy and smell wonderful, and of course, a very popular breakfast item to go with a glass of soy milk. A great thing with this recipe is that you can make scallion pancakes in bulk, so double and triple as needed. They can be safely frozen up to 1 month. For me, one pancake per person is the perfect portion for breakfast, so even a batch of 6…

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Nastar (Pineapple Cookies)

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Every year when Chinese New Year approaches, my mother in law and her sisters all gather together for a multi day baking marathon, churning out jars and jars of nastar (pineapple jam filled cookies) and pans and pans of lapis legit (thousand layer cake). I am always amazed at the stamina of these 50 and 60 years old plus aunties baking away with a big gas oven under 30 degree Celsius tropical weather. And the baked goods are always so delicious, on par if not better than those sold by bakeries.…

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Pandan Crepes with Coconut Filling

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Indonesian sweets and desserts are characterized by the proliferation of coconut and pandan. We even have a multipurpose coconut filling (Indonesian: unti kelapa) made from grated coconut, palm sugar, and of course scented with pandan leaves. I am going to use this filling to prepare dadar gulung (pandan crepes with coconut filling), but there are many other treats that use this filling such as ketan unti (steamed glutinous rice paired with coconut filling), kue ku (red tortoise cake with…

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Marbled Tea Eggs

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Chinese marbled tea eggs (茶叶蛋) is typically sold as snacks by street food sellers and also at night markets. I once spent close to two years living in Malaysia and this is one of my favorite snack. The eggs are always still stewed in the tea broth and the seller will scoop out the amount you want and you got to peel the eggs yourself. Luckily these eggs are so easy to peel it is pretty much a cake walk compared to peeling regular hard boiled eggs.

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Green Bean and Egg Stir Fry

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Often times I find that I lack just one more side dish to go with my meal, and this quick and easy green bean and egg stir fry is one of my favorite side dish for this occasion. With only three ingredients, green beans, eggs, and garlic, anyone can easily add another side dish under 20 minutes if you work fast :)

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Hot and Sour Soup

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Egg drop soup and hot and sour soup are probably the two most popular Chinese soup in United States. Personally I prefer hot and sour soup, and although I rarely use my black vinegar for anything else, I always have a bottle stocked in my pantry to quickly whip up this soup whenever I fancy a hot bowl. There is actually no hard and fast rule regarding what vegetables to use in this soup, but my must have includes tofu and egg, everything else usually depends on what I have in my refrigerator. I…

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