Friday, March 26, 2010

Zhai Choy (Vegetarian Vegetables)

The name sounds ironic. It is a direct translation from a well love dish that I grew up with. Keeping with my vegetarian theme, I cooked this in celebration of CNY for our guest. Once again, without the actual recipe, I went with the guidelines of what I recall grandma doing in the kitchen when I was growing up. She would made this every year-waking up very early in the morning on the first day of CNY so that our whole extended family can enjoy this for lunch.

Top with her super hot chili-one WILL find it hard to forget the taste of this.

For me-it was a taste of home. 

Zhai Choy (Vegetarian Vegetables) 
1 small bunch of mung bean noodles- soaked and drained
1 small packet of fah cho-soaked 
1 can of button/straw mushrooms
1 small bunch of chinese cabbage-shredded
around 10 shitake mushrooms dehydrated and sliced

2-3 tablespoon of light soy
1 tablespoon of dark soy
1/2 cap full of chinese cooking wine
lots of pepper.
pinch of salt
(traditonally, grandma will also add fermented beancurd but I couldnt find it in time and left it out)

Fry everything together and add seasoning. Dish up and serve hot with rice! =)


Life for Beginners said...

Indispensable during CNY, that's for sure. :)

bossacafez said...

oh yes i love it with the fermented beancurd! can't find them in perth? shd stock up when u come back to sg :p

Little Inbox said...

I love zhai choy too. Though it is a vegetarian dish, but with all the combination, it turns out so flavorful.

Christy said...

Goood....I have always loved vegetarian and vegetables...whichever it is...LOL!
Actually, vegetables is vegetarian all right... =)

noobcook said...

it's a really nice vegetarian delight. my mum used to make this. brings back fond memories :)

SIG said...

Come claim awards from my blog, dear. :)

daphne said...

kenny-for sure!

Evan- ya! can find just that I forgot and shops closed already.. :(

Little inbox- I agree! Very filling too.

Christy- it is for sure! irony of a name! hehe

Noobcook- yeah, it does doesnt it? comfort food.

sig-thanks dear!!!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Definitely a comfort food. I always cooked a big pot when I made this.

tigerfish said...

I like to eat Zhai Cai on its own..can I have some?

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