Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food Review

Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food: Deliciously Doable Ways to Cook Greens, Tofu, and Other Plant-Based Ingredients

By Hsiao-Ching Chou

I received a free copy of Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

A vegetarian follow-up to the popular Chinese Soul Food cookbook that includes 75 plant-based comfort food recipes you can make at home.

Chinese Soul Food drew cooks into the kitchen with the assurance they could make this cuisine at home. Though a popular cuisine across North America, Chinese food can be a little intimidating. But author Hsiao-Ching Chou’s friendly and accessible recipes work for everyone, including average home cooks. In this new collection, you’ll find vegetarian recipes for stir-fries, rice and noodle dishes, soups, braises, and pickles. Of course, the book wouldn’t be complete without vegetarian versions of Chou’s famously delicious dumplings, including soup dumplings and shu mai, as well as other dim sum delights. Separate chapters feature egg and tofu recipes. From Cauliflower with Spiced Shallot Oil to Kung Pao Tofu Puffs, and from Hot and Sour Soup to Ma Po Tofu to Steamed Egg Custard, these recipes will satisfy your every craving for classic Chinese comfort food–and all without meat.

You will also find helpful information including essential equipment, core pantry ingredients (with acceptable substitutions), ways to season and maintain a wok, and other practical tips that make this an approachable cookbook. Home cooks are gently guided toward becoming comfortable cooking satisfying Chinese meals. Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply reducing the amount of meat in your daily diet, these foolproof recipes are made to be cooked any night of the week. As the author likes to say, any kitchen can be a Chinese kitchen!

Summary from Goodreads.

I love food. Ever since New Zealand went into Level 4 lockdown in March of this year, I have been trying to expand my own cookbook. I have been experimenting with multiple different cultures cuisines, to varying degrees of success. One that I seem to have gotten the hang of is Chinese. While most people are content to only occasionally have Chinese, I have been determined to expand my cooking skills into this cuisine. Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food is the perfect fit for what I am looking for.

Whilst I am not either a vegetarian or a vegan, I can appreciate that not every dish requires meat to taste good. Some of my favourite dishes do not have any meat in them, so having a cookbook dedicated to vegetarian dishes has opened up a whole new set of dishes that I may not have stumbled across before.

Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food not only gives a plethora of amazing dishes, we also get an explanation as to some key Chinese cooking ingredients that if you are to cook Chinese food regularly then you should have in your pantry.

Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food is split up into the following chapters: Key Ingredients, Techniques and Equipment, Dumplings, Dim Sum and Small Bites, Soups and Braises, Stir-Fries, Steamed Dishes, Rice and Noodles, Tofu, Eggs, Salads and Pickles. Each chapter has a varied selection of dishes (and also for the likes of dumpling a very easy explanation as to how to make your own dumpling wrappers).

If you like Chinese cuisine, then Vegetarian Chinese Soul Food will not disappoint.


Check it out on Goodreads here.

Purchase it on Amazon here.


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