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Easy Vegan Asian Recipes to Spice Up Your Plant-Based Diet

Easy Vegan Asian Recipes to Spice Up Your Plant-Based Diet

Been planning to go vegan for a while now, but seem to lack the motivation? This is your sign to start trying! What better way to join World Vegan Day than by cooking simple Asian vegan recipes as a way to kickstart your plant-based lifestyle!

More and more people are choosing a plant-based diet for various reasons. It could be because they want to have a healthier lifestyle or they just want to be kinder to animals. Another reason could be because they want to be more active in saving the planet.

Studies show that by cutting meat and dairy from your diet, your carbon footprint from food can be reduced by up to 73%. Needless to say, no matter what your reasons may be or how old you are, it’s never too late to start a vegan diet. And we’re here to give you a boost by listing some of our favorite Asian vegan recipes!

About World Vegan Day

World Vegan Day is celebrated annually on the first day of November. This event was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis of the Vegan Society in the United Kingdom to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the organization and of coining the word “vegan” and “veganism”. According to him, he chose November 1 as the celebration for World Vegan Day because it was apt and auspicious to coincide it with Halloween and the Day of the Dead—being a traditional time for feasting and celebration.

Now, it is celebrated worldwide and November is even regarded as World Vegan Month. Vegans all around the world host plant-based parties, do outreach activities, support local businesses with vegan products, and share their favorite vegan recipes on their social media. On this blog, we will also share some of our favorite vegan dishes!

Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Making Spicy Thai Green Papaya Salad

Healthy Vegan Asian Recipes

You may have your favorite go-to vegan meals, but these vegan Asian recipes are a must-try too!

1. Vegan Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu originated from Sichuan, China. It is spiced using Sichuan Peppercorns and red chili pepper flakes called the Mala Spice, which gives a slightly numbing sensation in the tongue. In the Healthy Nibbles and Bitsvegan Chinese recipe, ground pork is replaced by putting a generous amount of doubanjiang and black bean garlic sauce.

Try using the Lee Kum Kee Black Bean Garlic Sauce and the Tae-Kyung Korean Red Chili Pepper Flakes Powder Gochugaru to achieve a restaurant-quality vegetarian Mapo Tofu right at home!

2. Vegan Hot Pot

Who doesn't love a good hot pot meal? This Spicy Vegan Hot Pot recipe from Full of Plants can satiate your appetite in a healthy and vegan way! It might be a bit tedious for some but the experience of cooking food right in front of you and enjoying a piping hot and rich-flavored broth especially during winter time is simply priceless.

To help you fuss less about the prep time, there are ready-to-cook vegan hot pot soup bases like the Little Sheep Tomato Based Flavor Hot Pot Soup Base, so all you have to do is put it in a pot, add some water, and mix well. Hot pots are best eaten with dipping sauces too. Try the Mizkan Goma Shabu Shabu Sesame Sauce for a complete hot pot experience.

3. Wonton Soup

Here's another vegan soup recipe for you. While wonton dumplings are usually filled with meat or seafood, this Vegan Wonton Soup by Cilantro and Citronella switches the meat with tofu and shiitake mushrooms. Even the wrappers used are vegan too! To cook the dumplings, it is simmered in a flavorful soup. You can make your wonton soup from scratch or you can use a ready-to-cook one like the Dragonfly WonTon Instant Soup Mix.

4. Homemade Korean Kimchi

Kimchi is a staple Korean dish that is made from cabbages, scallions, and radish. It usually tastes sweet, sour, and spicy, and has a strong flavor because of its fermentation process. Kimchi goes well with any dish—be it fried, steamed, or soup. You can buy ready-to-eat Kimchi right off the market, but you can also make yourself one by following our 10-Step Kimchi Recipe.

5. Tofu Pad Thai

Tofu Pad Thai is a vegan Thai recipe that substitutes chicken and shrimp with tofu. It is a stir-fried noodle dish made from rice noodles, peanuts, and bean sprouts. These ingredients are sauteed together and added with a special pad thai sauce.

If you’re too busy to put together a meal, you can always go with a ready-to-eat meal. Annie Chun's Pad Thai Noodle Bowl offers you a taste of Pad Thai without the hassle of making one. It’s vegan, and you can add real tofu and fresh vegetables to improve its flavor.

6. Vegan Miso Soup

Miso Soup is a staple vegan Japanese recipe that’s made from fermented soybean paste called Miso and dashi stock. It has a briny taste which is complimented by the flavors and texture of tofu, vegetables, and seaweed. Miso soup is incredibly easy to make, but if the cravings can't wait for more than a minute, you can always go with the ready-to-cook ones like the Hikari Minute Miso Organic Instant Miso. All you need is hot water, and you’ll be sipping an authentic vegan Miso soup right off your bowl.

7. Chickpea and Potato Japanese Curry Recipe

This recipe’s main ingredients are chickpea, potato, Japanese curry, and tomato sauce. You will have a vegan Japanese curry dish that has a milder spicy taste compared to Indian or Thai curry. You simply can't miss out on its explosive flavors! Scroll down until the end of this blog to get its full recipe!

Tips on Starting a Vegan Lifestyle

Becoming vegan is not what you decide on overnight. You have to think about whether you’re ready to commit to this lifestyle. Here are some useful tips you can try to make a smooth diet transition:

1. Know Why You’re Doing It

It isn’t enough to be vegan just because it’s the next “hit” on the internet. You need to think about what motivates you to become vegan. Is it your passion for saving the animals and the environment? Is it because you want to change to a healthier lifestyle?

Whatever it may be, it has to be deeply personal for you. Take for example Annie Chun’s love for the sea. It pushed her to produce sustainable vegan seafood products. Knowing your “why” can help you stay committed.

2. Start with What You Know and Love

The beginning is always difficult so the least you can do is make it worthwhile by preparing food you actually like, with minor changes! Try cooking your favorite meal, but substitute the meat with tofu or your choice of protein.

Don’t get pressured by people being able to go vegan overnight. Remember that you can go at your own pace. You can start by switching from whole milk to soy milk, or devoting your dinners to plant-based meals.

3. Research and Get Enough Nutrients

One of the things you need to make sure of when going vegan is that you have a well-rounded diet, so you can get all the nutrients your body needs. This will require you to do a lot of research.

For example, you'll get protein and fiber from beans; leafy greens are great sources of vitamins A, C and K. Choose produce from all colors of the rainbow to get all the benefits. One thing everyone can do for better health is to eat more plant-based proteins. Vegan sources of protein include tofu, tempeh, edamame (soybeans), lentils, chickpeas, and beans. Nuts, like almonds and walnuts, and seeds, like sunflower and pumpkin seeds, also deliver protein.

4. Experiment and Have Fun

Being vegan isn’t always about boring food you can make out of easy tofu recipes. It can be fun too with the right ingredients. All you have to do is find the right recipe and ingredients that can work for you.

Check out this list of High-Quality Asian Vegan Ingredients you can use to kickstart your delicious vegan journey.

5. Surround Yourself with a Good Support System

Like any ordeal, going vegan can be challenging. That's why you need a good support system to cheer you on and help you get used to your new lifestyle. Find people who won't judge but root for you, people who can share the experience with you, and have an open mind about your choices. You can even make vegan food for them and slowly build your own community!

We hope this article emboldens you to start a vegan lifestyle and enjoy healthy vegan recipes. We're here to cheer you on by offering several vegan food options, so you don't dread the process! For your Asian grocery needs and a wide variety of vegan products, shop at
  Karman Foods!

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