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Lunar New Year Food (Vegetarian Style)

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This entry showcases some delicious vegetarian dishes I ate this past weekend. The main ingredients of the dishes are tofu, bean curd, and gluten. Some were purchased from a Buddhist temple that serves an amazing assortment of vegetarian cuisine. Some were prepared by my mom who is a big fan of Chinese vegetarian foods. There’s also a couple of traditional Lunar New Year dishes like sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves, sweet rice cake, and taro cake. My contribution was an extravagant Vegan Berry Mix Tofu Cheesecake (recipe coming soon!).

Vegetarian Lunch box
This lunch box consists of bean curd slices (on left), mock meat made from gluten (on right), some mushrooms and baby Bok Choy over rice.

Vegetarian Roast Pork
This dish is made from gluten to mimic roast pork. A fruit extract was used to mimic the red color.

Imitation Pork Cutlet
This dish is made with bean curd sheets. The sheets are layered together, breaded, and fried. Other than its extra long shape, it really looks like cutlet. In fact, I tastes like one too.

Here, the cutlet is filled with sauteed mushrooms and sliced into strips.

Imitation Chicken Stir Fry
This stir fry is prepared with sliced gluten made to look like pieces of chicken.

Chayote Stir Fry
This stir fry is contains sliced chayote, baby bok choy, and sliced shiitake mushrooms.

Traditional New Years dishes:
Sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves

The sticky rice is wrapped with lotus leaves and are filled with mushroom and tiny pieces of tofu. This is a Vegetarian variation. The regular ones are commonly filled with a combination of the following ingredients: chicken, Chinese sausage, mushrooms, beans, nuts, and others. They are steamed and served as an appetizer kind of dish.

Sweet Rice Cake (Neen Gow)
This cake is eaten during Chinese New Years and is made from glutinous rice flour, red dates, sesame, and brown sugar slabs. Typically, it is sliced, dipped in battered egg and pan fried. It becomes nice and crispy on the outside and nice and chewy in the center.

Turnip Cake
This cake is made with chunks of Chinese turnip which is a type of daikon radish.

To serve, the turnip cake is sliced and pan fried with some soy sauce. Optionally, the slices can be dipped into an egg prior to pan frying.

Dessert:
Berry Mix Tofu Cheesecake
I will be posting the recipe for this cheesecake soon. Well, not for this one exactly, but the general idea. I went a little overboard with this cake and tried to make it a bit gourmet-looking. It’s filled with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and lots of sliced almonds. It’s Vegan and contains no eggs or dairy. Its main ingredient is tofu.

So, that was my weekend back home for Lunar New Year 2008. Hope you enjoyed my pictures and mini commentaries!

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