This section is a listings directory by cuisine type of recipes for vegans which will introduce you to new and exciting cuisines to spice up your meal times.
Chinese Vegan Recipes >
See below our index of Chinese recipes that are suitable for vegans, and more information on Chinese food below:
Background on Chinese Food
Chinese cuisine has a long and rich history, yielding a widely varied range dishes. There are 8 primary regional cuisines in China, these being Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Szechuan, and Zhejiang. The variety and distinctive styles arise due to variations in climate, history and lifestyle, as well as cooking techniques and the local availability of foods. As the cuisines are used in rural areas, many make liberal use of as salting, drying, pickling and fermentation of food.
Anhui cuisine uses lots of herbs and of vegetables, especially bamboo and mushrooms. Cantonese cuisine includes Hong Kong and Guangdong. It is associated with Dim Sum, meaning small hearty dishes, often fried, steamed, stewed or baked. Fujian Chinese recipes include popular soups and broths of sliced seafood, mushrooms and bamboo. Hunan dishes are best known for their spicy flavours and use of a wide variety of cooking techniques and fresh produce.
Jiangsu is one of the most famous Chinese cuisine types and covers several regional variations. It is characterised by colour and shape, as well as soft texture and use of broths to enhance flavour. Shandong is most popular in the north of country and is considered the most influential Chinese cuisine. It uses every type of seafood imaginable, as well as peanuts, grains, vegetables, vinegar and, very unusually, corn. Szechuan cuisine originated in the Sichuan Province of southwestern China. It is famed for its bold flavours, particularly the use of garlic and chilli peppers. Zhejiang dishes include Shanghai style and are often fresh and soft in flavour and fragrance.
The soy bean plays a crucial role, especially in the preparation of Chinese vegan recipes. Tofu (or bean curd) is made from soya beans and is widely used, and soy sauce is the staple seasoning of many Chinese dishes. Hoisin sauce is also made from soy beans.
Ubiquitous in Chinese cuisine are vegetables such as bok choy, Chinese spinach, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and gailan. Common spices include ginger, garlic, spring onion, pepper and chillies. Milk and dairy produce are conspicuous by their absence from Chinese cookery.
Chinese dishes are eaten with chopsticks. They are normally accompanied by steamed rice or noodles in a variety of types, and tea is often drank at meal times. We hope to bring you more vegan Chinese recipes soon.
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