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3 Easy Chinese Vegetable Recipes to Warm Your Tummy This Winter! 3道简单素食中菜谱温暖过冬!

We've got a golden harvest this year in China, plenty of diverse vegetables and juicy fruits. It's a great opportunity for us to prepare some delicious veggie dishes. Today we take you to a few easy Chinese vegetable recipes!


Fried Veggies: Chinese Yam + Wood Ear + Carrot + Cucumber


Often regarded as a kind of food medecine, Chinese yam does brunch of good deeds to your health. It's rich in Dopamine, which functions as a chemical of happiness feeling. Likewise Wood ears are often used as a folk medicine. You might not find these two veggies easily in other countries. They are the two typical local specialities. While carrots and cucumbers enrich the colors of the dish, offering orange and green on top of black and white.


Prepare the wood ears


Put 10-20 dried wood ears into water for around 30 minutes, so that they could raise and absorb enough water. Optionally, you can cut the roots of the ear when they grow bigger. The roots are positioned in the center of the piece and feels a bit harder than the rest of the ear.

将 10 到 20 朵干木耳在水中泡发约 30 分钟。如果你不喜欢吃位于木耳中部硬硬的根,可以用剪刀剪掉。

Peel a Chinese yam, (half) a carrot, and (half) a cucumber and cut them into cubes.


Heat the pot and pour 2-3 spoons of oil.


Throw everything in, stir and fry for 3-5 minutes.

倒入所有蔬菜,翻炒约 3-5 分钟。

Add some salt and maybe a pepper. It's ready!


Easy, right? Basically you can fry many greens in the same way, such as pak choi, cabbage, celery, spinach, radis, paprika and so on. You choose what veggies you like and just fry them!



Taro in soja sauce


Soja sauce is probably the most common ingredient throughout China. It goes magically with countless of food, of weak or strong taste. The dark soja sauce colors dishes and the normal soja sauce flavours. You can find both in a supermarket, a fresh market or a local grocery store.


We bring you today a recipe of taro in soja sauce with simple ingredients: a few taros, soja sauce and dark soja sauce, optionally you can also prepare a clove of garlic, a slice of ginger, a small chili pepper and some spring onion as spices.


Peel the taros and cut them into cubes, you could cook them with water beforehand


Wash and chop all the other veggie spices


Heat 2 spoons of oil in a large wok


Put 2 in the pot and fry them until the good smell spreads out

将 2 中的香料倒入锅中翻炒,直到香味四溢。

Put the taros in the pot and fry for 30 seconds

锅中倒入芋头,翻炒约 30秒。

Add 3 bowls of water and cook the wok for around 15 minutes, with medium fire after when water is boiling

加入 3 碗水,水开后继续中文烧 15 分钟

Before the sauce turn thick, add two spoonfuls dark soja sauce and a spoon of soja sauce.


Put out the fire when the sauce is thick. It's ready!



Sweet potato soup


You can of course cook a local vegetable in a western way! A bowl of warm sweet potato soup keeps your stomach comfortable and satisfied. If you seek for a more complex savour, carrots and pumpkins are good companions.


Peel a few sweet potatoes, half a carrot and a slice of pumpkin and cut into cubes


Cook everything with water for around 15-20 minutes

将所有蔬菜在水中煮约 15-20 分钟。

Puree the cooked cubes in a blender


Mix the puree with hot milk and a half spoon salt. And it's ready!


Let us know if you find the recipes interesting or if you want to cook with a particular vegetable or Chinese ingredient, we're here to help.


Bon appetit!


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