Buddha’s Delight

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Buddha’s Delight is a vegetarian dish made up of lots of soy based proteins to mimic real meat. There’s probably a ton of different versions, but this one’s mine.  The can of ‘lo han chai’ I’m using has a variety of vegetarian meats and veggies, containing braised wheat gluten (people sensitive to gluten, beware – I’m also slightly sensitive to gluten, and if I eat enough of this it sits in my stomach like a rock), mushrooms, carrots, tofu.  Btw, the picture on the can shows snow peas, but THERE ARE NO SNOW PEAS.  So add them if you’d like. I also add other ingredients, like shiitake mushrooms (reconstituted in water, I buy bags of dehydrated mushrooms at the local asian market), Bean curd strips (also needs to be reconstituted, bought in dried strips in a bag), and chinese vermicelli. Chinese vermicelli is a noodle made of green beans so it is a good alternative for people sensitive to flour, and, ironically in this dish that doesn’t help much.  In my variety of Buddha’s Delight I add a tablespoon of curry, for an extra kick.

Ingredients:

  • 6 shiitake mushrooms, reconstituted (if dry) and sliced
  • 1 cup of bean curd strips, reconstituted and cut into smaller strips
  • 1 can of Lo Han Chai, drained
  • 2 packages of green bean vermicelli, soaked in hot water to soften, then drained
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 Tbsp yellow curry (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp green onions, chopped

Shiitake mushrooms, reconstituted

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Sliced shiitake mushrooms

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Bean curd threads, reconstituted in water

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Can of Lo Han Chai

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2 Packages of green bean vermicelli

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Vermicelli soaked in a bowl of hot water until ready for use

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Directions:

1) In a wok on medium high heat, pour the first 4 ingredients in, stirring quickly. Stir-fry for around 2-3 minutes.

2) Add sesame oil, oyster sauce, stir for another minute.

3) Add chicken broth, turn heat down to simmer. Stir curry in. When sauce thickens, turn off heat and pour into a dish to serve. Top with green onions.

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One response to this post.

  1. The budda delight sounds excellent! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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