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20 Mouth-watering Vegetarian Chinese Recipes – No Need For Take-Out!

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However delicious take-out is (and don’t get me wrong, it is DELICIOUS), it is, unfortunately, super unhealthy and expensive – which is why we thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of 20 Mouthwatering Vegetarian Chinese Recipes for you to make yourself! 

Now you can enjoy veggie Chinese dishes, made from scratch, with none of the high salt and fat levels, or chemical ingredients – much healthier and just as delicious! You’re welcome!

We already covered pan-Asian stir-fries in our ‘20 Best Vegetarian Stir Fry Recipes’ compilation, so be sure to check that out as well, because a lot of those recipes are inspired by Chinese cuisine.

However, we thought we would branch out a bit and discover some more vegetarian Chinese recipes, not just stir-fries

Veggie Chinese Recipes For Starters

We’ve got a section on veg chinese starters, because if you’re anything like me, these might even be your favourite part of the menu! 

This section includes veggie Chinese recipes for a lot of the classics, like spring rolls, veggie gyozas, and bao buns.

The Main Event

When it comes to main courses, there are a lot of great traditional vegetarian chinese recipes out there.

This is probably because many people in China practice Buddhism, and, although not all Buddhists must be vegetarian, many monks practice vegetarianism.

Therefore many traditional Buddhist meals are vegetarian.

This is why tofu, and in fact, vegetarian meat substitutes in general, can be traced back to Chinese Buddhists hundreds of years ago! Cool right?

Buddha’s delight’ is a great example of a traditional vegetarian Chinese recipe that has come from Buddhism, eaten around the lunar New Year.

We have tried to include a whole range of vegetarian Chinese dishes for you to try out at home, from Chinese tofu recipes to Chinese vegetarian noodles to noodle soups and omelets. There will be something for everyone, I am sure.

You’d better send our apologies to your local takeaway – looks like you won’t be needing them anymore!

Vegetarian Chinese Starters

Veggie Gyoza with Sweet Dipping Sauce

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Ready in: 60 minutes
Recipe by: HomeCookedRoots
Bonus: healthy, tasty, full of veg

These vegan vegetable gyoza are incredibly easy, delicious and simple! They’re sweet, spicy, lightly pan fried and pair perfectly with our homemade sweet chili dipping sauce!

Chinese Pakora Fritter

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Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: MyDaintyKitchen
Bonus: easy, crunchy, tasty

Crispy & easy to make veg Chinese starter made with cabbage, refined flour, and deep-fried.

Steamed Yam/Taro Cake

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Ready in: 60 minutes
Recipe by: MyPlantifulKitchen
Bonus: healthy, easy, delicious

Chinese steamed yam cake, also known as taro cake, is a popular Asian dim sum dish. It is naturally vegetarian, and really easy to make

Bao Buns with Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Ready in: 2 hours 35 minutes (15 minutes prep time, 1.5 hours proofing)
Recipe by: Mayuri’sJikoni
Bonus: healthy, soft, versatile

Healthy, steamed, fluffy, soft, delicious veggie bao buns. Perfect as a starter or as a light meal. Use a filling of your choice.

Classic Egg Drop Soup

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Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: HappyMothering
Bonus: healthy, easy, quick


Have you been wondering how to make egg drop soup? This easy egg drop soup recipe makes the best healthy lunch with authentic Chinese flavor.

Veggie Spring Rolls

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: CubesnJuliennes
Bonus: tasty, crispy, delicious

Crispy and golden on the outside, filled with a tantalizing mix of vegetables and served with a savory dipping sauce, this is one starter that is sure to satisfy everyone! Classic vegetarian chinese food, which you can now make at home.

Vegetarian Chinese Mains

Dragon Noodles

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4.84 from 6 votes
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: spicy, crunchy, delicious

Fiery Dragon Noodles. Our tasty take on the insanely popular and easy spicy Asian dish. The perfect recipe for using up leftover pasta or noodles!

Kung Pao Cauliflower

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Ready in: 60 minutes
Recipe by: HomeCookedRoots
Bonus: sweet, sticky, vegan

This vegan takeout-inspired dish is tangy, spicy, and slightly sweet! A delicious, simple, and gluten-free weeknight meal.

Sweet and Sour Tofu

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Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: RunningTotheKitchen
Bonus: sticky, full of protein, delicious

Make this sweet and sour tofu in under 30 minutes. Crispy tofu and a sticky sweet & sour sauce mimic the classic Chinese takeout dish in this vegetarian-friendly meal.

Chinese Bhel Crispy Noodle Salad

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Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: MyDaintyKitchen
Bonus: crispy, tasty, spicy

Chinese bhel is a popular Indo-Chinese street food in Mumbai and is crispy in texture. This makes a perfect evening snack recipe.

Vegan Chow Mein

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5 from 4 votes
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: Lorena Nart & HurryTheFoodup

Bonus: easy, delicious, versatile

Bring glory to the kitchen with this awesome Chinese-inspired vegan chow mein. Quick, tasty, and full of veg, this delicious veggie Chinese recipe will not disappoint.

Schezwan Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: MyDaintyKitchen
Bonus: crispy, crunchy, delicious

This is an easy homemade vegetarian chinese food recipe made with cauliflower fritters. This is a quick rice recipe and also a quick tiffin box recipe.

Egg Foo Yung Recipe

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Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: WhiskAffair
Bonus: fluffy, versatile, healthy

Make this homemade crispy and fluffy Chinese egg omelette, Egg Foo Young at home in under 15 minutes. Add veggies or meat of your choice to make it super filling.

Easy Shirataki Noodles

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: IHeartUmami
Bonus: low carb, healthy, tasty

Shirataki Noodles recipe tossed with a wickedly delicious “peanut” sauce that’s oh-so-creamy and nutty delicious! Best of all, this low-carb konjac noodles recipe is no-cook and with just 7-gram net carbs! Great hot summer recipes because it’s super tasty served cold!

Delicious Fake Lo Mein

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4.67 from 18 votes
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: healthy, easy, delicious

Delicious Fake Lo Mein, inspired by vegetarian Chinese recipes, you’ll find all ingredients in a regular supermarket. Just as delicious as the original and ready in only 20 minutes.

General Tso Cauliflower

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: SavoryBitesRecipes
Bonus: sweet, chewy, spicy

This General Tso’s Cauliflower is sweet and spicy, deep-fried cauliflower chunks further tossed in a deliciously quick and easy General Tso sauce recipe, which is the vegetarian cousin of famous North American Chinese takeout menu dish Orange Chicken- the best vegan General Tso recipe!

Buddhas Delight

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Ready in: 2 hours 35 minutes
Recipe by: WokAndKin
Bonus: delicious, traditional, festive

Lo Han Jai is one of the vegetarian chinese dishes that makes it to every Lunar New Year banquet! The Buddha’s Delight medley is slow cooked until perfectly moist then drizzled with a smooth tangy sauce, making it the most anticipated labor of love.

Crispy Baked Peanut Tofu with Herb Slaw and Pickled Shallots

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Ready in: 1 hour 10 minutes (prep time 25)
Recipe by: YupItsVegan
Bonus: fresh, crispy, full of protein

Crispy baked tofu is tossed with sweet and spicy peanut sauce and served with fresh herbs and pickled shallots, for an Asian-inspired peanut tofu recipe that’s fresh and flavorful. If you’re wondering how to make peanut tofu that rocks, you’ve come to the right place!

Chinese Noodle Soup

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: CookingWithTyanne
Bonus: healthy, hearty, quick

Vegetarian Chinese soup recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to make. Chicken broth, cilantro, garlic, and soy sauce are the main flavors that go with the ramen noodles! An easy, hearty, and healthy vegetarian Chinese recipe.

Easy Vegetable Stir Fry with Creamy Peanut Sauce

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4.82 from 38 votes
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: hot, flavourful, creamy

A delicious peanut sauce compliments this fantastic stir fry with simple to follow cooking tips. Beginner-friendly and super quick to make! Try it straight away:

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5 from 4 votes
Course Mains
Cuisine Asian, Vegan
Time 25 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 592kcal

Ingredients

For the peanut sauce

For the stir-fry

  • 1 tbsp peanut oil (sunflower oil will do too.)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and diced)
  • 1 piece ginger, fresh (thumb sized, peeled and grated)
  • 1 onion (peeled and diced)
  • 2-3 cups vegetables, fresh or frozen (choose your favourite: broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, etc.)
  • 1 big handful snow peas (or sugar snap peas)
  • 6-8 baby corns
  • 3.5 oz noodles (I love glass noodles as they’re really quick to cook and taste great!)
  • 1 handful peanuts

Optional

  • 1 stick lemongrass

Instructions

Preparation:

  • Get all ingredients ready and in one place. Thaw the frozen veggies (with a microwave or by taking them out of the freezer early enough).
  • Chopping time: chop the snow peas, baby corn and onion. Dice the garlic and ginger.
  • For the sauce: grab a large bowl and chuck in the peanut butter, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, water, syrup. Mix well with a spoon ‘til it’s a nice and creamy sauce. Optionally, throw in the lemon grass.
  • Cook the noodles so you have them at hand when the stir-fry comes together. When ready, drain and rinse under cold water (they’ll stick together less).

Now you’re ready to wok and roll:

  • In a wok or large pan heat the oil until it starts smoking.
  • Add the garlic, ginger, onion, sugar snaps and baby corn
  • Around 40 seconds later add the thawed veggies. (If you just use fresh veg, throw in everything at once).
  • Stir it well for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat a little and add the sauce and noodles. It’ll quickly begin to boil.
  • Make sure it’s all nice and creamy. Add a little more water, if not!
  • Add some peanuts
  • Let it simmer for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Fish out the lemon grass before serving (it’s only for the flavour, not for eating!!)
  • Done!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
20 Mouth-Watering Vegetarian Chinese Recipes
Amount per Serving
Calories
592
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
23
g
35
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Sodium
 
1308
mg
57
%
Potassium
 
812
mg
23
%
Carbohydrates
 
85
g
28
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
22
g
24
%
Protein
 
16
g
32
%
Vitamin A
 
677
IU
14
%
Vitamin C
 
89
mg
108
%
Calcium
 
111
mg
11
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hope you enjoyed looking through and maybe trying out these mouthwatering vegetarian Chinese recipes. Maybe you have found a new favourite vegetarian Chinese food! Let us know in the comments which of the Chinese vegetable recipes you like best!

About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!

This article has been medically reviewed by James Bell

Healthy, nutritious and absurdly tasty food? That’s what I’m all about. I love recipes which are full of flavour but are good for you too. My job in family medicine led me to become a nutrition professional as well, with an aim to get people healthier just by the food they eat.

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  1. Great choice of veg dishes satisfying most of indians

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