If you’re looking for a way to spice up your dinner tonight, look no further. In no time at all, you'll be enjoying a deliciously vegan Asian meal. These fast, easy and absolutely mouthwatering recipes are ready to make you feel like you're exploring Asia with a guide, without even leaving your home.
Easy Vegan “Egg” Drop Soup
Egg drop soup. The egg is right there in the name, so vegan isn’t an option, right? Wrong! Try out Vegan Richa’s recipe for a vegan “egg” drop soup for a recipe so delicious, you’ll want to make it again and again. Your amazing soup can be ready in just 30 minutes.
• 4 cups low sodium veggie broth or vegan chicken broth
• ½ to 1 tsp. grated ginger
• ¼ tsp. garlic powder
• ½ tsp. sesame oil
• 2½ tbsp. cornstarch
• Dash tsp. black pepper
• Dash tsp. white pepper
• Dash tsp. kala namak (Indian sulphur black salt)
• ½ tsp. soy sauce
• ½ tsp. sugar or other sweetener
• 1 tbsp. vegan chicken bouillon
• 4 oz. firm tofu, thinly sliced
• ¼ cup green onions
• 6 to 8 oz. canned young green jackfruit or fresh young jackfruit
1. Add all ingredients except the tofu, onions, and jackfruit into a saucepan and boil for 7 to 8 minutes on a medium heat.
2. Shred jackfruit in a food processor and chop it into thin strips (drain if necessary), wash it well and then add it to the saucepan, cooking for another 8 minutes before reducing the heat.
3. Add the thinly sliced tofu and green onions (all but a bit for garnish) to the saucepan, let it simmer for a few minutes, adding salt and sugar to taste.
4. Garnish with the green onions and a dash of black pepper, then serve!
Quick and Tasty Vegan Pad Thai
You don’t have to go on a tour of Thailand through Alexander & Roberts to enjoy vegan Thai food. Skip the fish sauce—this amazing vegan pad Thai recipe will take you on an adventure all on its own, in no time at all. With this recipe, you can be sitting down to your meal in just 20 minutes.
• 10 oz. rice noodles
• 2 tbsp. olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic
• 6 oz. extra firm tofu
• 4 tbsp. soy sauce
• 2 tbsp. peanut butter
• 2 limes
• 3 tbsp. sugar
• sriracha to taste (optional)
• green onions and/or peanuts as garnish (optional)
1. Boil some water, then remove it from the heat. Soak the rice noodles for 15 minutes.
2. Add the olive oil, garlic, tofu, and 1 tbsp. of soy sauce in a large frying pan, then sauté until the tofu is golden brown.
3. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, lime juice, sugar, sriracha, the remaining 3 tbsp. of soy sauce, and 1 cup of water.
4. Add the sauce and rice noodles to the frying pan and cook for approximately 5 minutes, until cooked through.
5. Garnish with green onions or peanuts as desired and serve.
Delicious Vegan Fried Rice
Finally, no Asian cuisine adventure is complete without a hearty bowl of fried rice. Make your own with this delicious recipe, giving you an amazing and nutritious meal (22 grams of protein!). Edamame is a wonderful alternative to tofu in this recipe; just add it when you add the rest of the vegetables. Though the recipe looks a little complicated at first glance, it’s actually so easy you'll be amazing at your own cooking skill. The recipe requires 15 minutes of prep time, and 30–45 minutes of cooking time.
• 8 oz. extra-firm tofu
• 1 cup brown rice or quinoa
• 5 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 cup chopped green onion
• ½ cup peas
• ½ cup finely diced carrots
• 3 tbsp. soy sauce
• 1 tbsp. peanut butter
• 2–3 tbsp. brown sugar or other sweetener
• 1–2 tsp. chili garlic sauce
1. Preheat oven to 400° F (204° C).
2. Using parchment paper, line a baking sheet.
3. Press the liquid out of the tofu before dicing the tofu into ¼ inch cubes and arranging them on the baking sheet.
4. Bake the tofu for 26 to 30 minutes, until they are golden brown and firm to the touch.
5. Bring 12 cups of water to a boil, then add rice. Boil uncovered for 30 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, make the sauce by combining 1 clove of garlic, the soy sauce, peanut butter, sugar, and chili sauce (adjust flavor by adding more of any ingredient required).
7. Marinate the tofu in the sauce for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. Move the tofu (not the sauce) into a large skillet over medium heat and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown.
9. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the remaining garlic, green onions, peas, carrots and 1 tbsp. of soy sauce.
10. Once the rice is boiled, drain the water for 10 seconds, then leave the rice in the pot (no longer on the heat) and cover to steam for 10 minutes.
11. Add the rice and sauce to the pan, and cook over a medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring continuously.
12. Serve with extra chili garlic sauce or sriracha for added heat (optional).
Try out one or all of these recipes for a wonderful new experience. All three of these recipes can also easily be made gluten free by simply using gluten-free soy sauce. Happy cooking!