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Basic Buddhist Vegetable Dish

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Category: Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 9 -(up to)
  • 12 Vegetables; nuts, etc.
  • 1 -(up to)
  • 2 c Water
  • 3 tb Soy sauce
  • 1 ts Sherry
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 4 tb Oil
  • 1 tb Cornstarch
  • 1 pn Sugar
  • 3 tb Water
  • 1 ts Soy sauce
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 3 dr Sesame oil; more or less


1. Select 9 to 12 of the ingredients listed in "Buddhist Vegetable Dish
Dried Ingredients", "Buddhist Vegetable Dish Fresh Ingredients", or
"Buddhist Vegetable Dish Misc Ingredients", choosing some from each
category: dried, fresh and miscellaneous. (Although less typical, as few as
4 or 5 ingredients may be used.) Prepare each ingredient, as indicated.

2. Combine water, soy sauce, sherry and salt.

3. Heat oil. Add selected ingredients, and stir-fry 3 to 5 minutes. (This
will take a large pan. If one is not available, cook 3 or 4 ingredients at
a time, then assemble them in step 5 and reheat before adding cornstarch

4. Add water-soy mixture and heat quickly; then simmer, covered, until
vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes).

5. Blend cornstarch and sugar to a paste with remaining cold water, soy
sauce and salt; then stir in to thicken. Sprinkle vegetable mixture with
sesame oil; stir in and serve.

NOTE: This vegetarian dish iS known as the Feast of Arahats or Food for the
Saints; the Chinese name is Lo (or Loo) Hon Ji, or Lohan Tsai. It will keep
about a week and can be reheated several times without loss of flavor.
VARIATION: In step 4, stir 2 tablespoons Chinese red cheese, mashed, into
the water-soy mixture; then heat quickly.

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