Top 15 Vegetarian Chinese Food Recipes

Chinese food is rich in vegetarian dishes and most of them are easy-cooking. Some vegetarian Chinese dishes have only one ingredient like spicy and sour shredded potato, some contain two or more ingredients which give each other special taste and make them perfect partner like green vegetable with mushroom. Here are top 15 vegetarian Chinese food recipes recommended to you.

1. Vegetarian Chow Mein

 Chinese Name: 素炒面 sù chǎo miàn
 Flavor: salty
 Ingredients: thin noodles, any vegetables you like,
 Cooking Methods: stir-fry

Vegetarian Chow Mein is a popular Chinese staple food. The cooking method is stir-frying. Before frying, the noodle need to be steamed to 70% - 80% mature. Almost any kinds of vegetables you like can be added and the common ones are green chili, carrots, onions, sliced dried bean curb, and cabbage.

2. Vegetarian Dumplings

 Chinese Name: 素饺子 sù jiǎo zi
 Flavor: salty and fresh
 Ingredients: vegetables you like, flour
 Cooking Methods: boil

Vegetarian dumplings is a welcomed staple food. The fillings can be any vegetable you like, such as carrots, Chinese cabbage, mushrooms, leek, and pumpkin. The vegetables need to be chopped then seasoned and mix well, then wrapped into flour dough wrappers one by one. After being boiled, you can dish them up and enjoy. You can make some sauce to go with the dumplings or add the dumplings into the seasoned soup to eat.

 Chinese Name: 香菇青菜 xiāng gū qīng cài
 Flavor: salty and fresh
 Ingredients: mushroom and green vegetable
 Cooking Methods: stir-fry

It is a lightly seasoned vegetarian Chinese food. The ingredients are all nutritive and the cooking method is simple, which make it a welcomed dish in Chinese table. The mushroom give the green vegetable a fresh taste when stir-frying.

Green Vegetable with Mushroom
Green Vegetable with Mushroom
Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato
Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato

 Chinese Name: 酸辣土豆丝 suān là tǔ dòu sī
 Flavor: salty, spicy and sour
 Ingredients: potato, green pepper, dried red chili
 Cooking Methods: stir-fry

Almost every Chinese restaurant provides this vegan Chinese dish. The main ingredients are potatoes, green pepper and dried red chili which gives it spicy taste. Potatoes need to be cut into shreds and soaked in water for a while to remove the extra starch then stir-fried with sliced red chili. The necessary seasoning is white vinegar. Potatoes with low-calorie, multi-vitamin and trace element foods are ideal diet foods. This dish is perfect for dieters and vegetarians.

5. Stir-Fried Broccoli

 Chinese Name: 清炒西蓝花 qīng chǎo xī lán huā
 Flavor: salty
 Ingredients: broccoli
 Cooking Methods: stir-fry

Broccoli is a very popular diet food with low calorie. Broccoli contains protein, vitamins and fibrins. Besides, broccoli is easy to make people feel full. So it is a recommended dish for people who are losing weight. Before being stir-fried with other vegetables like carrots, the broccoli needs to be boiled in hot water until it is 70%-80% mature to reduce the stir-frying time.

 Chinese Name: 麻婆豆腐má pó dòu fu
 Flavor: salty and spicy
 Ingredients: tofu, beef or pork, thick broad-bean paste sauce, ginger, scallion and garlic
 Cooking Methods: boil and fry

Ma Po tofu, or sautéed tofu in hot and spicy sauce, is one of the best Chinese vegetarian dishes and is popular throughout China. The main cooking methods are boiling and frying. First stir-fry the mashed beef with broad bean paste sauce, chopped scallion, ginger and garlic for a while and then add tofu and some water and stir-fry for a 3 minutes. Like the most featured Sichuan dishes, it tastes hot and spicy. The thick broad-bean sauce is a must, which is considered as the soul of Sichuan dishes.

 Chinese Name: 地三鲜 dì sān xiān
 Flavor: salty
 Ingredients: eggplant, potato and green peppers
 Cooking Methods: deep fry and stir-fry

It is a classic vegan Chinese food in northeast of China. The ingredients are seasonal fresh vegetables: eggplant, potatoes and green peppers, making it rich in taste. The ingredients need to be deep fried in cooking oil respectively and then stir-fried with seasonings.

8. Baby Cabbage With Garlic and Vermicelli

Baby Cabbage With Garlic and Vermicelli
Baby Cabbage With Garlic and Vermicelli

 Chinese Name: 蒜蓉粉丝娃娃菜 suàn róng fěn sī wá wá cài
 Flavor: salty and a little spicy
 Ingredients: garlic, baby cabbage and vermicelli
 Cooking Methods: steam, stir-fry

This vegetarian Chinese recipe is easy and requires almost no cooking experience. The cooking methods are steaming and stir-frying. Soak the vermicelli in boiling water for 3 minutes until it turns soft, then put in boiling water for a while, and then soak in cold water. The baby cabbage needs to be steamed first and finely dished up together with soaked vermicelli. After, stir-fry the chopped garlic and red chili for several seconds and then add salt and soy sauce and mix well. Finally top the sauce on the baby cabbage. The baby cabbage tastes sweet and tender, and the medicinal value is high containing calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, etc.

9. Buddha’s Delight

 Chinese Name: 罗汉斋 luó hàn zhāi
 Flavor: salty and fresh
 Ingredients: mushroom, sweet broad bean, celery, endive sprout, green pepper and other vegetables
 Cooking Methods: stir fry

Buddha’s delight is a famous vegetarian Chinese food originated in Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 AD). It was first a special dish for monks and priests and has gradually become a traditional vegetarian dish. The mushrooms are usually boiled first then stir-fried with other materials. It is healthy and nutritive and tastes very fresh.

10. Vegetarian Fried Rice

 Chinese Name: 素炒饭 sù chǎo fàn
 Flavor: salty and light
 Ingredients: vegetables you like and steamed rice
 Cooking Methods: stir-fry and steam

Vegetarian fried rice is a common staple food in China. The cooking is extremely easy. Just stir-fry your remaining steamed rice with any vegetables you like. The common vegetables added are carrots, mushrooms, cabbage, green vegetables, onion and so on.

11. Dry-fried Green Beans

 Chinese Name: 干煸豆角 gān biān dòu jiǎo
 Flavor: salty
 Ingredients: green bean and dried red chili
 Cooking Methods: dry-fry

Dry frying is a special cooking methods in Sichuan, that is, deep fry the ingredient in the wok with cooking oil over low heat until the water contained in the ingredient is totally evaporated, then stir fry the ingredients with seasonings over high heat. Dry-fried green beans is the most welcomed dry-fried dishes. The green bean is rich in protein, vitamin and unsaturated fatty acid. It tastes salty and a little bit spicy, making it go well with rice.

Dry-fried Green Beans
Dry-fried Green Beans
Hand-torn Cabbage
Hand-torn Cabbage

 Chinese Name: 手撕包菜 shǒu sī bāo cài
 Flavor: salty
 Ingredients: cabbage and dried red chili
 Cooking Methods: stir-fry

Another homely and lightly seasoned dish. The cooking process is simple, just stir-fry the cabbage in the wok with cooking oil, and the main ingredients are cabbage and dried red chili. It tastes salty and a little bit spicy. It deserves to try for beginners.

13. Boiled Baby Cabbage in Cantonese Style

 Chinese Name: 白灼广东菜心 bái zhuó guǎng dōng cài xīn
 Flavor: salty, light and fresh
 Ingredients: baby cabbage and oyster sauce
 Cooking Methods: boil

It is a very refreshing and lightly seasoned vegan Chinese dish like other Cantonese dishes. The baby cabbage is boiled in hot water and dished up, then topped with the sauce which is mainly made of oyster. The sauce adds the dish flavors and is the soul of the dish. Other tender green vegetables can also be cooked in this way.

Cucumbers With Mashed Garlic
Cucumbers With Mashed Garlic

 Chinese Name: 凉拌黄瓜 liáng bàn huáng guā
 Flavor: sour, salty and a little spicy
 Ingredients: cucumbers and garlic
 Cooking Methods: cold dress

It is a very homely cold dish tasting crispy and refreshing, and you can see it almost in every restaurant in China. Pour the hot oil on the chopped garlic and then add salt, white vinegar and soy sauce, the sauce is finished, and just top it on the cucumbers and mix well. Garlic works as the ingredient and also the seasoning which gives the dish a spicy flavor. The other important seasoning is the white vinegar. This dish is perfect for hot summer and vegetarians.

15. Stir-fried Celery with Bean Curd Sticks

 Chinese Name: 西芹炒腐竹 xī qín chǎo fǔ zhú
 Flavor: salty and light
 Ingredients: celery and bean curd stick
 Cooking Methods: stir-fry

A common and simple homely vegetarian Chinese food. Before stir-frying, the dry bean curb sticks need to be soaked in water for at least three hours so as to make it soft. Cut the celery and bean curd sticks into sections with the same size and stir-fry them together. The seasonings are simple. Salt, five-spice powder are enough.
- Last updated on Apr. 21, 2021 -
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