Besides all of the sweets, we need consume savory dishes to “balanced” out the yin and the yang right? By tradition, my family are Buddhist vegans on the first day of new years. This means no only meats and animal products are a no no but garlic, onions, chives, leeks are also not acceptable. Although it might seem next to impossible to cook anything savory and tasty without the ingredients mentioned above it’s actually not that hard….once you get the hang of it. Just think creatively and anything is possible. So here are the vegan dishes we enjoy on first day.

Vegetarian 3 color Bánh Tét

Cá Kho Tộ Chay (Vegetarian Fish in Coconut Caramel Sauce)

Gỏi Bạc Hà Chay (Vegetarian Taro Stem Salad)

Kiểm (Vegetarian Pumpkin Stew)

Rau Cải Kho Nước Dừa (Vegetarian Braised Veggies with Coconut Milk)

Mắm Ruốt Xào Xả Ớt Chay (Vegetarian Shrimp Paste/Belachan with Lemongrass)

Đồ Xào Chay Gia Truyền (Traditional “Family Recipe” Stir Fry) Recipe

**Non-vegetarian dishes to celebrate the rest of new years.**

Canh Khổ Qua (Bittermelon Soup)

Thịt Kho Nước Dừa (Braised Pork in Coconut Juice with Eggs and Bamboo Shoots)

Dưa Giá (Pickled Bean Sprouts)

Gà Luộc Chặt (Boiled Chicken)

Gà Xé Lá Chanh (Shredded Chicken with Lime Leaves)

Comments (8)

On 10:11 PM , J said...

So much food! How many people eating? BTW the bottom one looks like Loh Hon Chai :)

On 10:39 AM , Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm a vegetarian and I saw the delicious food you made! I wish I can cook like that! How you did it??? Do you think you can teach me some recipes?

On 1:06 PM , Templegirl said...

hi...I am very interested too in learning how to cook. Can you share with me some vegetarian recipes? That would help a lot in expanding my world of vegan cooking! Hope to hear from you soon.

On 9:20 PM , hoangtam/tt said...

you're back and just in time for new years!

The vegetarian is for about 30 people. I’m not sure what the last one is called; it’s a Hakka style recipe that has been passed down for generations. The strange thing is although its ‘vegetarian’ it calls for dried oysters! Eating oysters or anything that does not contain red blood is considered vegetarian in Hakka I guess. Strange huh?

Recipes will be posted in the next few days, stay tuned!

What kind of vegan are you? Do you eat garlic, onions and such?

On 12:29 PM , Anonymous said...

It's indeed alot of food :) Nice tho! Reminds me that my mom also cooks vegetarian food on the first day of CNY every year, I followed her footsteps too for this yr's CNY!

On 5:12 AM , rokh said...

oo yummy yummy! seem like you had a feast!

On 8:26 PM , Anonymous said...

Hi, Great site, love the recipes! I am interested in your version of vegetarian sambal. Would very much like the recipe. Thx!

On 12:15 AM , hoangtam/tt said...

what's veg. sambal?