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Asian cuisine is a fabulous treasure trove of vegan food. There are so many options and distinct tastes. Among my very favorite are Thai, Japanese, and Chinese food.

Since today is Meatless Monday, why not try a delicious Asian meatless meal for lunch or dinner?

Check out some of the delicious dishes from both restaurants and my very own kitchen below for ideas…and to get you hungry!

The peanut and avocado sushi at Zen Asian Fusion in West Ashley. The creamy avocado was a nice complement to the peanut crunch.

I LOVE seaweed salad. The texture bothers some people, but sea veggies are so healthy for you, and it’s delicious! This also came from Zen Asian Fusion.

The Thai Basil with tofu at Zen Asian Fusion. It’s not on the menu, but they can do almost any of their dishes with tofu instead of chicken or shrimp.

Here’s an easy and tasty stir fry I made at home with brown rice, frozen veggies, and garlic tempeh in a home-made teriyaki sauce (recipe below).

Red curry with tofu, bamboo shoots, eggplant, basil, and bell peppers at Basil – a Thai restaurant in Charleston. The masaman curry, with tofu, potatoes, onions and cashews, is in the background.

Dinner at Hom on King Street. This is their General Tso’s tofu tossed in sweet and sour sauce (without the bun) with Asian slaw, and a side of fried pickles. Mmmm, mmm, tasty!

This is Asheville’s vegan paradise Plant’s red curry tofu: jasmine rice & kaffir lime cakes, teriyaki broccoli & Thai basil, galangal-peanut curry, and arugula.

The Gardein “chicken” and vegetable stir fry in Denver, CO at a place called the Yard House. They had a whole Gardein (delicious meat alternatives) section of their menu!

Home-made Thai Green Curry with vegetables and tofu. This recipe is from the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen blog and can be found here:
http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2011/04/thai-green-curry-vegetables-tofu.html
We used swiss chard, bamboo shoots, eggplant, onion and toasted cashews with fresh lime juice. This stuff is delicious!

Here’s an easy recipe for home-made teriyaki sauce that you can pour over veggies and rice:

Ingredients

1/2 cup tamari soy sauce

3/4 cup water

1 tblsp fresh grated ginger

3 tblsp brown sugar

1 minced garlic clove

2 tblsp corn starch

1/4 cup cold water

Dash of black pepper

Combine the 3/4 cup water, tamari soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup cold water and add to the sauce. Continue to stir until it thickens slightly. Pour over your delicious meatless stir fry!

To working that wok!

Sarah

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