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Buddhist Vegetarian Stew (Lo Han Jai)

Buddhist Vegetarian Stew (Lo Han Jai) Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 fresh brown and/or white mushrooms (remove stems and slice caps)
  • 8 fresh Chinese water chestnuts (peel and quarter) or cup fresh jicama, sliced
  • 1 carrot (peel and cut into julienne strips)
  • 2 cups Napa cabbage (torn into small strips)
  • 1 cup vegetarian broth
  • 1 cup firm tofu (bean cake) (cut to cubes)
  • 8 snow peas or snap peas (remove strings and cut to thin slivers)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low-sodium preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed well with 2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Chinese parsley (cilantro) for garnish
  • Optional:
  • 2 ounces bean thread (cover with water and boil for 5 min, then drain)
  • cup fresh tofu skin (yuba) (cut to bite-size pieces)
  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
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