Every so often, there’s a craving for something or other. Last night I was struck with a craving for Chinese food. Now, I can’t exactly ring up the local takeaway and ask for everything I want to be made vegan so I need to find some vegan Chinese dish alternatives. Pronto…
I’m quite active on Pinterest and have been pinning recipe ideas left, right and centre by some really talented vegan chefs who have been sharing their knowledge. Lucky for me, it didn’t take me long to find some grub to satisfy the cravings.
Here are 6 Vegan Chinese Take-Out Dishes you should definitely try:
Noodles and Rice – The basic building blocks of any Chinese take-out. Traditionally, this is what you want to throw all the tasty, saucy foods on top of but this recipe is an exception.
For such a simple recipe, it is packed full of flavour and you could easily just skip out on all the other bits and bobs you would “traditionally” throw on top. Keep this recipe to one side as it’s sure to come in handy for other weeknight dinners.
It is completely vegan and gluten-free. If you are allergic to nuts, you can even substitute the peanuts for tahini paste or sun butter. Find the recipe here.
Step 2 – Rice. When it comes to ordering rice from the takeaway, there is only one real option. Who knew that you could have vegan egg fried rice?
The blog states that this dish is:
- Vegetarian and Vegan
- Gluten Free
- Nut Free
- low calorie
- low fat
- ready in 10 minutes!
What’s not to love? Find the recipe here.
Let’s move onto sides. One bad-ass side to have with your takeout is spring rolls. Take a look at these.
They are made up of FIVE types of greens and the recipe even comes with an avocado dipping sauce (Avocado seems to be a bit of a trend recently… why not? They’re creamy, fleshy and delicious!). When food tastes good and it’s good for you, you really know you are onto a winner.
Again, they are both vegan and gluten-free. Going by this recipe you should get 10 spring rolls out of it… which sounds like my kind of portion size.
For some reason, when I hear Kung Pao Chickpeas, my brain tells me it’s a dish the kung fu panda would totally go for (for Amy it’s “Everybody was kung pao fighting! ting a ling ding ding d d ding”)… But that’s irrelevant! Look at these!
Sticky and delicious and made with the prime ingredient in hummus (I love hummus – which means I love chickpeas). The blog even mentions that her husband, who does enjoy his meaty dishes thought these were awesome! These sound to me like something I definitely want on my vegan Chinese takeout menu!
Now bear in mind, these take a little longer to make when you take into consideration the marinating time. However, bringing the whole meal together once it has been marinated will take you all of 10 minutes. Roughly the same amount of time I would have to wait for the delivery driver to ring the dringer on my door. So I guess you really have nothing to lose by making these! Find the recipe here.
Now we’re delving into what’s going to bulk up your plate. Before I was vegan, my go-to on the menu was salt & pepper squid. I’m very pleased to see that we can “salt & pepper” vegan ingredients too *Derp*
Tofu is a hard ingredient to master, but this recipe comes with lots of tips and tricks to get it spot on and packed full of flavour!
A lot of consideration has gone into allergies as well:
- vegan / vegetarian
- celery, garlic, lupin, nightshade*, coconut, mustard, onion, peanut, sesame* and tree-nut free as well!
Where would our vegan Chinese be without some zesty, lemony goodness somewhere along the lines? Some more *ZING-PAP*. Cauliflower is actually a wonderful and versatile ingredient to add flavour to and this recipe executes on that potential perfectly.
Sticky, hot and crispy. Just what I require from a takeout menu option. As stated in the blog “The good thing about lemon chicken is that it’s all about the Chinese lemon sauce, meaning that you can replace the chicken with whatever and still have all the flavour and deliciousness of the restaurant dish.”
Super simple and delicious. You can find the recipe here.
We are adding new and exciting recipes to our board every day. It’s become a bit of a habit of mine (who doesn’t love Pinterest!?). So if you are looking for a bit of mealtime inspiration, it’s a great place to head. You can find these pins and more from there.
We are also looking for contributors to our board. So if you feel like that’s something you would be up for then please, by all means, get in touch with us on there and we would love to add you to the board!
What did you think of my Vegan Chinese line-up? Have you tried any of them? Anything you might like to add? Leave some suggestions in the comments below for us!!
You should also check out Amy’s lists on 15 foods you probably didn’t know are vegan and 10 Celebrities you might not have known are vegan!
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