Using Amazing Substitutes for Meats in Vegetarian Chinese Soups
When you want to go meatless, but don’t want to trade off flavour!
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There are so many options when you want to replace meats in Chinese soups! I try to keep the flavour profile of the soup without compromising it with the replacements. I find vegetarian soups less oily, have more fiber, and provide a different offering to my soups! I am able to venture into a more unique group of ingredients I don’t always traditionally use.
Some tips for Vegetarian Chinese Soups:
- While you don’t need to blanch these ingredients, some do taste better if you pan fry it first (ie: soy products, mushrooms, even some vegetables such as potatoes)
- Many vegetarian choices have great shelf life (dried mushrooms can last greater than 1 year, packaged nuts like chestnuts and peanuts can also last 3-6 months), although fresh peanuts last around 5 days in the fridge
- Save your tummy as these ingredients eat like a meal
- You can get creative to mix and match, or create your own!
- Mushrooms have a rich, earthy, profile to the their taste, while nuts also have some earthy taste, but lighter
- There are so many amazing fruits and vegetables available in the Asian repertoire such as gobo (or burdock root), Japanese pumpkin, seabed coconuts, even normal coconuts can work!
- Don’t forget to consider Chinese Herbs as replacements as well