‘Top 10’ Chinese Veggie List a Big ‘Missed-Steak’


1) Cabbage and Mushrooms (白菜木耳 báicài mù’ěr)

This dish includes stir fried cabbage, wood ear mushrooms, and a few other vegetables such as carrot.

2) Chinese buns (包子 bāozi)

When ever you see a bāozi stand on the side of the road, stop and check if they have any vegetarian variety(菜包cài bāo), most likely they will! Some great ones to try are mushroom and vegetable mix(香菇菜包 xiānggū cài bāo), and  red bean paste (豆沙包 dòushā bāo).

3) Eggplant with chilli and potato (地三鲜 de sān xiān)

A favorite amongst many foreigners, this northern dish is braised with soy sauce.

4) Hot Pepper Tofu (麻辣豆腐málà dòufu)

This dish is a great vegetarian alternative to Mapo tofu (麻婆豆腐 mápó dòufǔ).

4) Hot Pot (火锅 huǒguō)

What a great way to ensure your meal really is vegetarian. You get to see it go in yourself!

5) Mushroom & Veggie Hearts (香菇菜心/香菇青菜xiānggū cài xīn/ xiānggū qīngcài)

Green vegetables and mushrooms in a thick, salty sauce.

6) Golden Needle Mushrooms & Cucumber (金针菇拌黄瓜 jīnzhēngū bàn huángguā)

A cold dish, including white mushrooms, shredded cucumber, coriander and garlic.

7) Egg and Tomato Soup (番茄蛋汤fānqié dàn tāng)

While not vegan, this classic soup always goes down a treat.

8) Fried Bean-sprouts (炒豆芽 c hǎo dòuyá)

Lightly salted, this dish is sometimes served both hot and cold.

9) Sour Spicy Cabbage (酸辣白菜 suān là báicài)

A great dish, a little similar to Korean kimchi.

10) Garlic Fried Chinese Spinach (蒜泥菠菜suànní bōcài)

A very simple, yet delicious vegetable dish.


1. Peanuts and Spinach (花生菠菜 huāshēng bōcài)
From: All over China
Ingredients: peanuts, spinach, garlic
Spice Level: 0-3 (Can be spicy if they use wasabi root)


2. Mapo Tofu (麻婆豆腐 mápó dòufǔ)
From: Sichuan
Ingredients: tofu, ground pork, peppers, soy sauce, ginger, scallions, garlic
Spice Level: 3


3. Buddhas Delight (罗汉斋 luóhàn zhāi)
From: Shandong
Ingredients: lots of various vegetables, garlic, salt, sometimes egg and shrimp, mushrooms, tofu
Spice Level: 0-2

vegetable with mushroom

4. Green Vegetables with Mushroom (香菇青菜 xiānggū qīngcài)
From: Fujian
Ingredients: Bok Choy cabbage, mushroom, garlic, soy sauce, salt
Spice Level: 0


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5. Potatoes, Green Peppers, and Eggplant (地三鲜 dì sān xiān)
From: Northeastern China
Ingredients: sauteed potato, green peppers, eggplant, ginger, onions, garlic, soy sauce
Spice Level: 1

tomatoes eggs

6. Tomatoes and Eggs (西红柿炒蛋 xīhóngshì chǎo jīdàn)
From: All over China
Ingredients: tomato, egg, salt, green onions
Spice Level: 0


7. Broccoli and Garlic (蒜蓉西兰花 suànróng xīlánhuā)
From: All over China
Ingredients: tofu, ground pork, peppers, soy sauce, ginger, scallions, garlic
Spice Level: 3

seaweed and egg soup

8. Seaweed and Egg Soup (紫菜蛋花汤 zǐcài dànhuātāng)
From: All over China
Ingredients: egg, seaweed, dried shrimp, water, sesame oil, salt
Spice Level: 0

stir fried potatoes

9. Chilli Stir-Fried Potatoes (辣椒炒土豆 làjiāo chǎo tǔdòu)
From: Sichuan
Ingredients: potato slivers, peppers, salt, chili sauce, Sichuan peppercorns
Spice Level: 2

stir fried green beans

10. Stir Fried Green Beans (干煸四季豆 gānbiān sìjìdòu)
From: Sichuan
Ingredients: green beans, Sichuan peppercorns, peppers, spring onions
Spice Level: 4-5


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