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    Chinese (other) Vegetarian Recipes, Ingredients

    Skipper/Sy
    Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:29 pm
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    Hello,

    I once in a while go to a Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant and order Buddha Delight. Instead of having meat in the dish, there is mock/imitation pieces that look like meat (chicken, pork etc). Some of the other vegetarian dishes besides looking like meat, taste a little like meat. Further, I often take out (take home) a side portion of curry flavored mock meat or soy flavored as well.

    Has anyone used these ingredients.. make them from scratch, bought packages of say Bean Curd Sheets and used them in recipes... Here a a few URL's which will help in commenting about this subject;
    Bean Curd Sheets
    http://tinyurl.com/m3ytcsh
    http://tinyurl.com/kkl92jl
    http://tinyurl.com/m4um72p

    Vegetarian Chinese food Buddha Delight
    http://tinyurl.com/k29au36

    Skipper/Sy
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    Member #610488
    Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:50 am
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    Skipper/Sy wrote:
    Hello,

    I once in a while go to a Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant and order Buddha Delight. Instead of having meat in the dish, there is mock/imitation pieces that look like meat (chicken, pork etc). Some of the other vegetarian dishes besides looking like meat, taste a little like meat. Further, I often take out (take home) a side portion of curry flavored mock meat or soy flavored as well.

    Has anyone used these ingredients.. make them from scratch, bought packages of say Bean Curd Sheets and used them in recipes... Here a a few URL's which will help in commenting about this subject;
    Bean Curd Sheets
    http://tinyurl.com/m3ytcsh
    http://tinyurl.com/kkl92jl
    http://tinyurl.com/m4um72p

    Vegetarian Chinese food Buddha Delight
    http://tinyurl.com/k29au36

    Skipper/Sy
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    For those who do not know what Chinese Vegetarian Food is, I offer the following explanation.

    In China, there really is not any understanding of the concept of Vegetarianism as in the Western sense. Most Chinese understand eating vegetables but would season those vegetable dishes in a meat based broth for added flavoring which would not be vegetarian at all. The Chinese have a concept of food where there is always a balance in color, flavors, and textures within the meal and this normally requires the use of meat based broths and flavorings to achieve this perfection. Where Chinese food has integrated with Western cuisine, an understanding of Vegetarians and their requirements has entered into the menu offerings available so you can go to just about any Chinese restaurant in the Western world and easily find Vegetarian dishes fit for Vegetarians.

    The only true vegetarian food in China is offered thru the restaurants and monasteries catering to the Chinese Buddhist faith. The branch of Buddhism that most Chinese Buddhists follow have directives that forbid the eating of meat whereas some of the other sects of Buddhism allow meat to their followers. Buddhist vegetarian chefs have become extremely creative in imitating meat using prepared wheat gluten, also known as "seitan" or "wheat meat", soy (such as tofu or tempeh), agar, konyaku and other plant products. Some of their recipes are the oldest and most-refined meat-like substitutes in the world. Soy and wheat gluten are very versatile, because they can be manufactured into various shapes, textures, and they absorb flavourings (including, but not limited to, meat-like flavourings), whilst having very little flavor of their own. With the proper seasonings, they can mimic various kinds of meat quite closely.

    I looked on Food.com and found 5 Buddha's Delight recipes:

    icon_arrow.gif Chinese Buddha's Delight #144709 by hannahactually
    icon_arrow.gif Buddha's Delight #448424 by veganmiss
    icon_arrow.gif Buddha's Delight With Buckwheat Noodles #416184 by ratherbeswimmin'
    icon_arrow.gif Buddha's Delight #161597 by Missy Wombat
    icon_arrow.gif Buddha's Delightful Vegetables #284471 by TasteTester

    Regarding Bean Curd Sheets - nothing

    I am going to say that most Western Vegetarians would rather not eat something resembling meat or flavored to be like meat. Less guilt that way. icon_cool.gif I would say that the restaurant you go to is one that uses recipes from the Chinese Buddhist tradition and it sounds like you really enjoy the faux meat. It definitely is healthier than eating regular meat.
    Skipper/Sy
    Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:54 am
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    Thanks Celticevergreen you are a good asset as being one of the Asian Forum Hosts. You detailed explanation of Chinese/Buddha Vegetarian... was excellent and helpful in learning about this subject.

    Of all the URL's you posted and ones that had photos none looked similar to the Buddha Delight dish I get in NYC's Chinatown. And when I had Googled for images, 95% looked different as well.

    I will be going to Chinatown today and guess what type or restaurant I will go to... and what dish I will order... RIGHT, you are so smart! LOL

    Thanks again,

    Skipper/Sy
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    Leggy Peggy
    Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:01 pm
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    Wow, Celticevergreen, that is a wonderful explanation about vegetarian
    food in China. It makes so much sense, but something I never knew. Thanks!
    Rinshinomori
    Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:32 am
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    I get something very similar to this in Japan which is what I call Japanese style Chinese food. Often seitan or fried tofu is used for the protein part. I'm not a big fan of dried tofu sheets, however I love, love fresh tofu curd. Normally tofu sheets are made exactly like tofu curd but dried for keeping longer in any weather and time. Fresh tofu curd needs to be eaten within 2 days or so. Freshly made and eaten is even better.

    I do use tofu sheets (dried version) in soups sometimes and is acceptable. I have seen them used as sheets like in egg rolls as well.

    BTW, I've seen bean noodles used in this recipe too.
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