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Flavour-packed Plants: Cook Delicious Chinese Vegetarian Recipes This Veganuary

13 January 2022

There aren’t many people who can say they didn’t enjoy one too many mince pies or pigs in blankets in December… which is why January is all about starting new healthy habits. For many of us, it’s also the perfect time to make a sustainable change and cut back on meat. If you’re embracing Veganuary, becoming veggie or flexitarian for 2022, have already made the switch to plant-based, or just want to eat well, we have so many Chinese vegetarian recipes to help. Healthy, tasty and better for the planet, they’re a win-win-win. 

Reinvent the classics with a little help from plants

What’s the secret to healthy, sustainable eating? All it takes is a few little swaps. These healthy vegetarian Chinese food recipes transform some classic dishes with vegetables, which is a great way to mix up your usual meal plan too. They’re all so good, you’ll forget they were ever made with meat!

Ken Homs Vegan friendly Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles

Who needs meat when you have aubergine?

Native to South-East Asia, aubergines are widely used in Chinese vegetarian recipes. In fact, they’re so valued in Chinese cooking, it used to be said that a woman must know at least 12 aubergine recipes before her wedding day! With their mild, smoky flavour and great spongy texture, they absorb every delicious flavour you cook them with – whether that’s spicy garlic, silky sweet soy sauce or punchy Chiu Chow Chilli oil.  

Top Tip: you can spot a fresh aubergine by its glossy, smooth skin, bright green stalk and weighty feel.

A big bowl of veggie goodness

On these chilly January nights, there’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of soup… especially when it’s packed with some warming Eastern flavours. Chinese vegetarian recipes don’t get more nourishing than this.

Bring your vegetables to life

Vegan-friendly Veg Voyage Kit

Cooking tasty Chinese vegetarian recipes is all about packing in the flavour, and our range of sauces will do just that - plus, all our soy and classic ingredient sauces are suitable for vegans, too. You’ll find a full selection in our Veg Voyage Kit, which comes complete with a 10-day vegetarian meal plan to get you started.


Included in this set is a big bottle of our Mushroom Vegetarian Stir Fry Sauce, which we’ve created as a perfect plant-based alternative to Oyster Sauce. You can use this in so many delicious dishes, including these Cantonese Stir-Fried Udon Noodles.


And if you want more flavour-packed Chinese vegetarian recipe ideas, check out our blog article on the tastiest ways to cook tofu. Whatever plant-based ingredient you prefer, start your ad-veg-ture today!

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