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Vegetarian Fermented Beancurd Luohan Vegetable Stew

Vegetarian Fermented Beancurd Luohan Vegetable Stew is a culinary delight that marries the rich traditions of Chinese cuisine with the wholesome principles of a vegetarian diet. This stew is a symphony of flavors, featuring a hearty combination of fermented beancurd, an array of fresh vegetables, and aromatic spices that create a savory and satisfying experience for the palate.

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Ingredients:

  • Shiitake Mushrooms: 5 pieces

  • Wood Ear Mushrooms: a handful

  • Glass Noodles: a handful

  • Dried Bean Curd Sheets: 4 large pieces

  • Cabbage: 1 head

  • Carrot: 1

  • Baby Corn: as needed

  • Sweet Peas: 10 pieces

  • Canned Mushrooms: 5 pieces

  • Fried Tofu Puffs: 5 pieces (halved)

  • Fermented Beancurd: 3 pieces with accompanying sauce

  • Sliced Ginger: 10 grams

  • Water: 300 ml

  • Light Soy Sauce: 1 tablespoon

  • Sugar: a pinch (for seasoning)

 

Preparation:

Soak the Dry Ingredients:

  • Soak the shiitake mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, and glass noodles in warm water until they become soft. Drain them and set them aside.

 

Prepare the Vegetables:

  • Shred the cabbage.

  • Slice the carrot into thin strips.

  • Cut the baby corn into halves or thirds, depending on size.

  • Prepare the sweet peas by removing the ends and any strings.

 

Prepare the Mushrooms and Tofu:

  • Slice the rehydrated shiitake mushrooms and wood ear mushrooms into bite-sized pieces.

  • Halve the fried tofu puffs.

 

Cooking Process:

  • In a large pot, bring the water to a boil and add the sliced ginger and fermented beancurd along with its sauce. Stir until the beancurd is dissolved.

  • Add the prepared shiitake and wood ear mushrooms, cabbage, carrot, baby corn, and sweet peas. Allow them to cook until they begin to soften.

  • Incorporate the glass noodles and dried bean curd sheets, ensuring they are submerged in the liquid.

  • Add the canned mushrooms and tofu puffs to the pot.

  • Season the mixture with light soy sauce and a pinch of sugar, adjusting the taste accordingly.

  • Simmer the mixture until all ingredients are tender and the flavors are well combined.

 

Final Touches:

Check the Seasoning:

  • Before serving, taste the dish and adjust the seasoning with soy sauce or sugar if necessary.

Serve the Luo Han Zhai:

  • Arrange the Luo Han Zhai in a large serving bowl or individual bowls.

  • Ensure that there's a good mix of ingredients in each serving.

  • The dish can be served hot as part of a multi-course meal or as a standalone dish.

Enjoy your vegetarian Luo Han Zhai, a dish that is as nourishing and wholesome as it is integral to Buddhist culture and cuisine.

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