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Greg found this vegetarian version of pho by Anna Jones via The Guardian when trying to recreate the pho he enjoys when visiting Blue Cliff Monastery.

For the stock
onions 2
garlic 1 bulb
ginger a small hand
cinnamon a 5cm stick
star anise 4
cloves 3
coriander seeds 1 tbsp
vegetable stock powder 1 tsp, or stock cube ½
dried mushrooms (Asian if you can find them) a large handful
soy sauce or tamari 1 tbsp
carrots 4

For the rest
dried flat rice noodles or pho noodles 200g
Basil or fresh Thai or Vietnamese basil and mint or shiso/parilla (if you can find them) a small bunch
fresh coriander a small bunch
pak choi or spinach 300g
sugar snap peas 200g
limes 4-5
beansprouts 200g
good chilli oil

pan-fried tofu, tossed in maple and soy at the end of cooking

Fill and boil a kettle and get all your ingredients together. Heat a large saucepan over a high heat.

Peel and quarter the onions and halve the bulb of garlic, bash the ginger until it almost starts to break up. Add the onion, ginger and garlic to the dry pan and toast until blackened and charred all over. This will take 4-5 minutes. *Warning! likely to trigger smoke alarm*

Next, add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves and coriander seeds and toast for a couple of minutes, stirring all the time. Now add 2 litres of hot water from the kettle, the stock powder or cube, the mushrooms and the soy or tamari and bring to a simmer. Chop the carrots into 2cm chunks and add these too. Cook for 25 minutes, until all the flavours have infused.

While the stock is simmering, put the noodles into a bowl, cover with boiling water from the kettle and put to one side. Drain after 8 minutes or following the packet instructions.

Pick the leaves from the stalks of all your herbs, quarter your pak choi and halve your sugar snap peas, lengthways.

Once the stock has had its time, sieve it into a large bowl and pour it back into the pan. Add the juice of 3-4 limes, depending on how juicy they are. Taste and adjust, make sure the lime, soy and spices come through, then add the sugar snaps and pak choi or greens and simmer for a couple of minutes, until the leaves have wilted a little.

Divide the drained noodles between four bowls and ladle over the stock and vegetables. Serve with beansprouts, herbs and the remaining lime cut into wedges, with some chilli oil for everyone to add as they choose.



Vegetable Lo Mein

 We first made this in the summer of 1998 – adapted from The Cabbagetown Cafe Cookbook.

A very flavorful dish is made with pasta  and vegetables tossed with a garlic sauce. Any vegetables you have on hand are good–these are just suggestions.

Sesame Garlic Sauce

8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
1/2 cup peanut butter (the natural kind)
1 T dark sesame oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar or juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
1/4 tsp cayenne

Lo Mein

1/2 pound whole wheat spaghetti or linguini
1 cake extra firm tofu cut into bite-size cubes
1 head broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces (6 cups)
1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces (4 cups)
1 medium zucchini or yellow summer squash, cut into bite-size pieces
2 carrots, grated
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives or scallions
1 cup Tamari Roasted Almonds

Tamari Roasted Almonds

1 1/2 c almonds
2 T tamari or soy sauce

Toast the almonds on a baking sheet in a 350º oven for 25 minutes, until lightly browned.  Leave oven on. Remove the nuts from pan and mix them with the soy sauce. Spread them out on the pan again and bake for 5 minutes more. Watch! They’ll burn fast!

1. Prepare the sauce. Mix together the garlic, ginger, peanut butter, sesame oil, vinegar, tamari and cayenne. Set aside.
2. Cook the spaghetti until al dente.
3. Prepare vegetables, either by steaming, blanching, or sauteeing. Mix cooked vegtables together with grated carrots.
4. Mix together all ingredients in a large pot, and reheat for a few minutes, until piping hot.
5. Serve sprinkled with almonds.

Shredded Tofu & Shiitake

Recipe shared by Theodate Lawlor at at a meeting of Greg’s Buddhist Sanga in November 2015, attributed to Melissa Clark, NY Times.

• 1 (15-ounce) package firm tofu, drained
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing or dry sherry
• Juice of 1/2 lime, plus lime wedges for serving
• 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
• 2 tablespoons peanut or grape-seed oil
• 7 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced (4 cups)
• ¼ cup sliced scallion
• 1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed, outer leaves removed, inner core finely chopped (optional)
• 1 (1-inch) knob of ginger root, grated
• 1 large garlic clove, grated
• 1 small red chile, seeded and finely chopped
• Salt, as needed
• ½ cup shelled edamame (defrosted if using frozen)
• ¼ cup chopped soft herbs, such as cilantro, chives or basil

1 Using the coarse holes of a box grater, shred the tofu. Spread tofu out on a clean kitchen towel to drain while you prepare the sauce and mushrooms.

2 In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, Shaoxing, lime juice and sesame oil.

3 Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until it’s very hot, then add the peanut oil; it should thin out on contact. Once the oil is hot, add the mushrooms and cook, tossing occasionally, until most of the mushroom liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are browned and slightly crisp, 8 to 12 minutes. Stir in the scallion, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chile and a pinch of salt. Cook until softened, about 2 minutes.

4 Carefully transfer the tofu from the towel into the skillet. Toss in the edamame and the soy sauce mixture. Cook until mixture is heated through. Season with salt as needed. Remove from heat and stir in herbs. Serve with lime wedges.


Curried Kale with Tofu

Adapted from Curried Kale with Chickpeas

1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 T fresh ginger, minced
1 t cumin seeds
2 t garam masala
1 t coriander
1 t turmeric
1/4 t red pepper flakes

1 package extra firm tofu, drained
salt & pepper to taste

8 cups chopped kale or spinach, packed
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth, or water

1 cup milk, unsweetened soymilk or coconut milk
1/4 cup raw cashews
2 T nutritional yeast
2 T tomato paste

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened and beginning to brown. Add garlic, ginger and cumin seeds and cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining spices and cook until mixed in. Then add tofu and cook for a minute or two more, stirring and constantly to prevent burning. Remove tofu and set aside. Reduce heat to medium and stir in the kale and vegetable broth. Cover and cook until the kale is tender, about 5 minutes.
  • While the kale is cooking, put the milk, cashews, nutritional yeast, and tomato paste in the blender and puree until smooth. Then add the kale and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer blended mixture back to the skillet, add the tofu back in and bring to a simmer. Check seasonings and add more to taste, continue simmering about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve over Indian Spiced Rice.

Green Goddess Dressing

A tofu based low fat version

Put everything in a blender. Voila!

1/4 lb soft tofu
1 t Dijon mustard
1/4 c chopped fresh parsley
1 scallion, sliced (white and green parts too)
1 clove minced or pressed garlic
1 T lemon juice
1 T good vinegar
1/2 t salt

Vegetarian Times page 215

Oriental Rice Salad

1/3 c wild rice
1/3 c brown rice
1 1/2 c water
3 T teriyaki sauce
2 t sesame oil
2 t honey
1/4 t red pepper flakes
1/3 c grated carrot

Plus add to taste your choice of :

fresh snap peas, chopped red pepper, fresh peas, fresh chives, scallion, tofu
Rinse wild rice in a colander under cold water.  Combine with brown rice and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes until all water is absorbed and rice is tender.    Remove from heat.

Combine liquid ingredients and red pepper flakes in a screw-top jar and mix well.

Transfer rice to a serving bowl, stir in carrots and toss with dressing.  Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving.

Once chilled, toss the mixture with the other fresh vegetables and the chopped peanuts and serve.

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Vegetarian Cooking for Today, 1993 page 122.

Oven-Crisp Tofu Sticks with Ketchup Sauce

Vegetarian Times page 330

Nice with czech potatoes and green vegetable.