Happy Chinese New Year!
That’s right, February 12th is coming up, and it marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year for millions celebrating across the globe.
This year is the Year of the Ox!
The ox represents good luck, dependability and strength, so there is good reason to be optimistic for the year ahead, (goodbye 2020!).
Food is an especially important part of the Chinese New Year. One of the most crucial parts of the celebration is gathering for a huge feast to celebrate the oncoming new year.
But when it comes to Chinese food, vegan food isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind.
Lots of us conjure up images of rows of hanging ducks in Chinatown, meat-filled dumplings and chicken chow mein.
Firstly, there is way more to Chinese food than what is served at your local takeaway.
In fact, China is the second biggest country in the world and is full of diverse, fascinating and tasty food.
Lot’s of which are totally plant-based!
You’ll be gobsmacked by the awesome and inventive ways of cooking aubergines, tofu and other veggies that exist.
So, if you’re on a plant-based diet, it’s great to know which vegan Chinese New Year recipes are out there so that you can get your own feast going.
And that’s what this article is for.
We’re about to change your mind completely when it comes to vegan Chinese dishes with these six killer vegan recipes for the Chinese New Year.
But before we dive in, If you’re new to Chinese cooking, here’s a quick tip:
Loads of Chinese foods can be bought at mainstream supermarkets, so head over to the Asian section of your nearest supermarket and see what’s on offer.
If they don’t have the foods that you’re looking for, your local Asian food shop sure will!
If you don’t feel like cooking, why not check out these Nine Sublime Asian Restaurants in Chelsea?
Or if you don’t even want to leave your home, why not order some awesome Asian dishes for delivery from Plant Sumo?
Let’s dive in with these six vegan Chinese New Year recipes to usher in the Lunar New Year in plant-based glory!
Of course – there won’t be anything resembling an ox on the menu!
Remember that thing I said about aubergine? Well, this recipe from Maggie at Omnivore’s Cookbook proves my point perfectly.
This super easy aubergine centred meal is everything you could possibly want in a comforting Chinese vegan dish.
Surprisingly, the tender soba noodles in this plant-based dish are quite high in protein too, so this meal will certainly leave you feeling full and satisfied.
It’s spicy, garlicky, smokey and will have you imagining the simple aubergine in a whole new way.
You’ll also get to char the aubergine directly in the gas flame of your hob, so it’s pretty fun to make too. (It’s fair to say that this dish is fiery in more than one way!)
This impressive vegan Chinese dish serves 2 people (or one really hungry person.)
This Chinese vegan recipe is ridiculously easy and enjoyable to make, as well as being pretty low in calories too!
If you’re celebrating the Chinese New Year vegan-style, you’ll want to get cooking these smokey plant-based aubergine noodles.
Are you a fan of sweet and sour?
Well, this 1-2-3-4-5 Tofu is a step up from what’s on offer at your local takeaway.
Of course, I need to explain the unusual name of this vegan Chinese recipe.
Ordinarily, this recipe is made with ribs, and the numbers refer to the ratio of ingredients used in the sticky glaze that coats the ribs, (or in this case, tofu!)
Tofu is also a super source of protein for vegans and vegetarians, and it’s low in fat.
This vegan Chinese dish is a sweet, sour and sticky recipe. It’s not exactly a Chinese New Year tradition, but it is so yummy that you’ll always end up coming back to it.
What’s more, this eight ingredient Chinese vegan recipe is totally easy and takes less than one hour to prepare.
This makes it a great protein-packed vegan midweek meal.
This four-person recipe is from Kaitlin at The Woks of Life.
Who would have thought tofu could taste this meaty and satisfying?
It’s time to get cooking and add this easy and protein-packed tofu dish to your list of vegan Chinese New Year recipes!
Vegans and vegetarians have definitely proven that the cauliflower is far more than a boring vegetable that works best when drowned in cheese.
Done the right way, Cauliflower can be the star of the show.
You’ve heard of the wonders of cauliflower rice and cauliflower steak, but how about Orange Cauliflower?
This vegan-ified version of the classic Chinese takeaway dish, Orange Chicken, is light and satisfying all at the same time.
It’s also packed with vegetables and full of nutrients. Who said you needed to eat a cold salad to get your five-a-day in?
It’s best served with some fluffy white rice, but if you’re looking for a low-carb Chinese vegan snack, you can enjoy it on its own too.
It’s sweet, sour, gluten-free and super easy to make. It only takes 30 minutes to have this steaming bowl of plant-based loveliness on your table.
This veggie-loaded recipe is from Veggie Inspired and feeds four.
Here’s a quick tip! If you’re in a rush, using store-bought orange juice works in this recipe too!
Once you’ve tried cooking this awesome vegetarian Orange Cauliflower recipe, you’ll pick this nutritious and healthy dish over the local takeaway any day!
Spring Onion Pancakes are so popular that they are eaten across tonnes of different countries in Asia, including China, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.
In fact, they are so widespread that no one can actually decide on where exactly they came from or who came up with them.
All I know is that these vegan savoury pancakes taste absolutely incredible. They’re salty, flaky and moist. Each bite is sprinkled with little green bursts of flavour.
The rules for western pancakes apply to these Spring Onion Pancakes too; You simply have to eat more than one.
They’re usually eaten for breakfast, but why not enjoy this plant-based recipe as part of your vegan Chinese New Year?
This pancake can even be frozen raw and cooked from frozen in a pan, so it’s great for anytime that you’re craving an easy Chinese vegan snack, but don’t fancy waiting very long!
The recipe involves folding the pancake dough in a way that creates loads of crispy and flaky layers, kind of like puff pastry, (but not quite as labour intensive!)
This simple recipe inspired by China Sichuan Food makes enough of these vegan and vegetarian Chinese pancakes for two people.
You won’t regret giving this sublime Chinese vegan recipe a go this Lunar New Year.
Remember to save some in the freezer for a Chinese vegan snack later on!
Why not bring some sunshine into your life with this easy Vegan Summer Roll recipe by Lazy Cat Kitchen?
Summer Rolls are a rice-paper wrapped roll filled with fresh fruits and veggies, usually enjoyed with a zingy dipping sauce.
They are bright, full of texture and packed with raw and juicy fruit and veg.
The Lunar New Year is a major cause for celebration in Vietnam, and this recipe takes a fun, fruity and fresh twist on this much loved plant-based Vietnamese snack.
These nutritious Vietnamese rice paper rolls are also super easy and fun to make.
With no cooking required, these are a great option if you want to get your kids excited about eating fruits and veggies.
They’re also totally gluten-free (no soy sauce!), in case you’re looking out for that too!
This fresh and healthy recipe serves four.
You’ll get going with your own technique as soon as you’ve done your first couple of rolls and you’ll quickly be able to claim yourself to be a pro at making this awesome vegetarian and vegan snack.
You can avoid cooking altogether and try your hand at these fresh and fruity and low-carb Vegan Summer Rolls this Lunar New Year!
Sick of Instagram’s endless ‘Buddha Bowls?’
Why not enjoy this hearty and authentic Buddha’s Delight?
This dish is popular in Chinese cuisine and originated as a recipe consumed by Buddhist monks (who are vegetarians), but this dish happens to fall into the category of vegan Chinese food too.
This Chinese vegan dish has a lot of ingredients, but don’t be intimidated – cooking this plant-based meal is super easy.
The variety of different foods only makes for a more dynamic, exciting and flavourful meal!
It’s also a traditional dish enjoyed during the Lunar New Year, so you’ll certainly want to add it to your list of vegan Chinese New Year recipes.
This super recipe for six is from the lovely Azlin of Lin’s Food and is a fantastic way to ring in the Year of the Ox.
If you can’t get your hands on all of the ingredients, just pick your favourites and use those.
It will still make for a delicious vegetarian and vegan meal!
This nourishing vegan Chinese New Year dish tastes the way that gathering around a warm campfire with family and friends feels.
It is also packed full of healthy vegetables and protein, so you won’t ruin that new year’s health kick!
It’s no wonder it’s called Buddha’s Delight; this vegan Chinese dish is definitely the perfect way to kick off a happy and healthy Lunar New Year.
With Chinese New Year fast approaching, you’ll be glad to know how you can celebrate with these six awesome Chinese vegan recipes this February.
From hearty noodle dishes to savoury pancakes, you’re bound to want to get cooking these awesome recipes to hail the new year in the best way possible.
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How about our soothing 7-spice Thai Oasis Curry?
What about some spicy vegetable kimchi bao in our steaming hot KK Bunz?
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