Chinese

Chinese Stir-Fried Choi Sum with Brown Sauce

As a little girl, I always dreaded dinner when my parents made stir-fried Chinese vegetables (except for kong shin tsai which is the bomb).  They’re so bitter.  What kid wants to eat bitter greens.  Who cares how good they are for you?!  Well, I now know that with the right brown sauce, Chinese vegetables can taste great!  So what’s the secret brown sauce recipe?  Well look no further (okay, […]

Taiwanese Stir-fried Ong Choi (空心菜)

Ong Choi, or Kong Shin Tsai as it’s called in Taiwanese, is by far Deniz and my favorite vegetable.  We suffered terribly living in Japan with sparse access to it.  We’d desperately search for it and only found it once or twice a year in the grocery store at highway robbery prices.  Thai restaurants would serve it, but we never could figure out where they were […]

Sichuan Eggplant (魚香茄子)

Szechwan eggplant is one of our favorite dishes.  Yum, yum, yum.  We make huge batches of it so we can eat it throughout the week.  Just can’t beat the meaty and succulent eggplant, the kick of the hot peppers, and the savory black bean sauce.  Below is our vegetarian adaptation to the Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cuisine Szechwan Style recipe.  We added basil as a garnish because we […]

Chinese Lemon VegChicken

  Another great recipe from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Style Szechwan Style cookbook, adapted for our vegetarian diet. We were test trying a new vegchicken recipe, so the chicken in the picture is a little darker than the recipe will produce. Ingredients: 1.5 lbs vegan chicken, torn apart into 1 inch pieces with a fork 1T lemon peel, freshly zested 2 c vegetable oil Batter: 1 egg 5 T […]

Chinese Stir-fried VegChicken with Cashews

  Another great recipe from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Style Szechwan Style cookbook, adapted for our vegetarian diet. We were test trying a new vegchicken recipe, so the chicken in the picture is a little darker than the recipe will produce. Ingredients: 1.5 lbs vegan chicken, torn apart into 1 inch pieces with a fork 4 oz cashews, roasted 2 green peppers 8 oz can of water chestnuts, sliced […]

Chinese General Tso’s VegChicken

General Tso’s Chicken is my favorite Chinese dish.  I love, love, love it.  When I visit a city with a Chinatown, I go on the hunt for a vegetarian Chinese restaurant that serves General Tso’s vegetarian chicken.  There aren’t many who make it, and none in Hawaii, so I had to learn how to make it myself.  Below is the best we’ve made so far, a vegetarian-modified […]

Sichuan Kung Pao VegChicken (宫保素雞丁)

Kung Pao chicken has been my default safe choice when I am in an unknown Chinese restaurant. Pieces of chicken (or tofu) fried in Kung Pao sauce, served with chill and roasted garlic peanut. You cannot go wrong. Becoming non-meat eater did not stop me from trying alternatives. I have eaten Kung Pao tofu variations, but they weren’t quite like chicken. I was losing hope until […]

Taiwanese Radish Cake (蘿蔔糕 – Gwei)

Gwei… Taiwanese radish cakes made of rice and daikon.  Mmmmm… Every time I hear that name, fond memories of savory and succulent Taiwanese dim sum treats from my childhood come rushing back.  I still remember those lazy weekend trips to Chinatown for dim sum in Philadelphia.  I’d watch steaming mini bamboo baskets of gwei passing by on carts and desperately point with my tiny fingers to […]

Chinese Mu Shu VegPork Noodles

Mu Shu Vegetables is one of my go-to Chinese-restaurant selections.  Always puts a smile on my face when I see it on a menu.  Can’t resist that sweet and tangy hoisen flavor and the healthy veggie goodness.  But I do miss the meaty flavor in the restaurant dishes.  And who has time to make those paper thin pancakes at home?  Fret not, noodles to the rescue! […]

Chinese Tomato VegBeef Noodles

After purchasing 4 lbs of noodles during our last shopping trip, we started wondering what the heck we were going to do. We dug out 2 noodle-based recipes from our secret recipe book (ISBN 0941676420). One of them was with beef and tomato.  Tomato is a magic ingredient for me (in Turkish cuisine many dishes start with onion and tomato paste). I was sold. Be aware […]

Chinese Stir-Fried String Beans with VegSausage

Another great reciepe from Wei-Chuan, this one from the Chinese Cuisine Cooking Book by Huang Su Huei.  We adapted it for our vegetarian diet. Ingredients: 2 lbs string beans, ends trimmed off and cut in half 4 MorningStar (Vegetarian) Original Sausage Patties 2 cups vegetable oil 8 T pickled mustard greens, chopped Sauce: 1 T soy sauce 1 t sugar 1/2 t MSG 1 T veggie […]

Vegan Chicken

As someone who used to eat a lot of chicken dishes, one thing I miss the most is the chicken texture. Gardein makes very good soy chicken products. But if you are cooking at home most of the time, buying fake chicken can get costly, not to mention sometimes difficult to find. That is why our mission is to find the perfect fake chicken recipe to […]

Sichuan Sesame Noodle Soup (Dan Dan Mian – 擔擔麵)

While in Japan, we tried countless noddle dishes.  One was unforgettable. With its creamy sesame flavor, Dan Dan Mein was always my favorite noddle dish. Now that we’re in Hawaii with more than enough ingredients available on the market, we decided to make it for ourselves.  We adapted Ching’s recipe to our vegetarian diet and taste. As always, we used Morningstar Veggie meat products instead of real meat. […]