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10 Delicious Vegan Chinese Dishes You Need to Try Right Now

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Going vegan doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor, especially when it comes to Chinese cuisine. From sweet to savory, there are plenty of delicious plant-based options to explore. In this article, we’ll be highlighting some of the most popular vegan Chinese foods that will have your taste buds singing.

  1. Buddha’s Delight (Luóhàn zhāi) – This is a popular vegetarian dish that consists of braised tofu, mushrooms, and vegetables in a savory sauce. It’s often served during Chinese New Year and other important occasions.
  2. Mapo Tofu (Málà Tōfu) – A spicy and flavorful dish that originates from the Sichuan province. It’s made with soft tofu, fermented black beans, and a spicy chili sauce.
  3. Hot and Sour Soup (Sūan là tāng) – A warming soup made with mushrooms, tofu, bamboo shoots, and a tangy vinegar broth.
  4. Vegetable Dumplings (Shūcài jiǎozi) – Dumplings are a staple in Chinese cuisine, and these vegan dumplings are filled with a mixture of chopped vegetables and seasonings.
  5. Sichuan Stir-Fry (Yuánxiāng jiāozi) – A flavorful stir-fry that features a mix of vegetables, tofu, and peanuts in a spicy sauce.
  6. Gong Bao Tofu (Gōngbǎo dòufu) – This vegan version of the popular Sichuan dish replaces chicken with tofu and features a spicy, sweet, and sour sauce.
  7. Stir-Fried Noodles (Chǎomiàn) – Noodles are a favorite in Chinese cuisine, and this dish is made with stir-fried vegetables and noodles tossed in a savory sauce.
  8. Ma La Xiang Guo – A spicy, fragrant stir-fry dish that originated in Chongqing. It’s made with a mix of vegetables and tofu tossed in a spicy Sichuan pepper sauce.
  9. Congee (Zhōu) – A comforting and simple rice porridge that can be topped with a variety of vegan toppings, such as mushrooms, tofu, and scallions.
  10. Buddha’s Temptation (Fó tuō sì) – A vegetarian hot pot dish that features a variety of vegetables, tofu, and mushrooms in a flavorful broth.

These popular vegan Chinese dishes are sure to satisfy your cravings while providing you with delicious and healthy options.

Vanna Chen

Texas '23

Senior Computer Science Major Sleepy, Funny, Addicted to Kombucha