This past weekend I had my parents over for my mom’s birthday dinner. Mom LOVES Chinese food and we almost always without fail go down to Dragon King for heaps and piles of fried animal with a bunch of sauce. Even though I’ve become plant based in the last 2 years I usually still go, order the veggies dishes and the ginger beef with tofu instead of beef.
But this year, I got a little present from my mom instead. See, I’ve been trying to teach mom and dad about the effects of eating animals for a while now. The environmental effects (our planet simply cannot sustain the amount of animals we are consuming), The abuse of the animals (the agricultural industry also cannot sustain, resulting in factory farms … and trust me, Dragon King is not buying from grandpas ethically raised pork farm) and of course the consequences eating meat has on your body.
Mom and Dad are pretty old school and have never really gotten it. Lately, however, they’ve been having smoothies for breakfast every day and have started noticing HOW amazing they feel!?! (would you look at that lol) …
So, even though I have shown them dozens of animal rights videos, I felt like this week, was the week to show them ONE LAST VIDEO. I asked mom and dad to have no distractions, and watch the video with an open mind, from beginning to end…and then tell them to tell me what they thought (here is the link to the video if you would like to watch it).
The next day, mom came over and looked me in the eye, and said… Your dad and I are ready to make a change. Tears came pouring down my face and I was SOOOOO happy. Now, I don’t think they will become plant based over night, but I know they are ready to make changes for the sake of their health, the animals, and our planet.
So, for my mom’s birthday this year, I decided she shouldn’t go without her beloved Chinese food… I would prepare a 4-course Chinese food experience for her… ALL vegan.
I got most of the recipes online, tweaked a few … but overall it turned out AMAZING!!!!! (this is not a sponsored post btw).
Here is the menu:
Vegan Wonton Soup
Vegan “Ginger Beef” or Mongolian Beef
Vegan Sweet and Sour Pork
Starting with the Vegetarian Wonton Soup … (could be vegan but the wontons didn’t have the ingredients for the wrappers so I am unsure) …
- Vegetarian Wontons from the Oriental Market
- Shitake mushrooms sliced
- Carrots thinly diced on an angle
- Bok choy chopped
- Mini corn (canned)
- Diced green onions
- Snap peas
You can add tofu, onion, peppers, zucchini, broccoli, whatever veggie you want! Wonton broth was to taste, mostly miso paste, vegetable stock, a dash of sesame oil and salt to taste!
The vegan spring rolls were actually SO easy! again, I just found the recipes on Pinterest but didn’t over think it. In a nutshell …
- Carrots julienned
- Wrinkly cabbage (that’s what I call it … LOL…) julienned
- Brown mushrooms julienned
- Green onion julienned
- Red pepper julienned
Tossed it in a bowl with some soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and fried on medium just for a few seconds to lightly cook… (don’t over cook). I found spring roll wrappers with no egg and used those obviously… wrapped them and fried them in about 1/2” of cooking / frying oil ( vegetable oil).
The Mongolian Beef and the Sweet and Sour Pork turned out SOOOO good I was totally floored. Here’s what I did …
The sweet and Sour No-Pork was the easiest, I picked up the Gardien Package from Choices (or Whole Foods or your supermarket might carry it) and literally just made it… I did fry it up first, and then tossed it in the sauce with red peppers and pineapple. I was SUPER impressed.
The Mongolian Beef, I used the Homestyle beef tips from Gardien, tossed it in corn starch and fried it (of course)
then tossed it in the PF CHANGS copycat sauce recipe. I topped it with sesame seeds and sliced green onion. OMG! it was amazing!
All served with a side of rice and green tea… and mama was happy! I was also so thrilled about her decision to go more plant based… that I bought her a Vitamix!!! 🙂
Have you ever tried making vegan Chinese food?? What did you make and how did it turn out?? Share in the comments below!!