Luo Han Zhai (Buddha’s Delight)
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Buddha’s Delight or Luo Han Zhai 罗汉斋 (罗汉全斋 if 18 ingredients are used) is a popular vegetarian dish in Chinese and Buddhist cuisine. For those who are not familiar, Buddha’s Delight is a more elaborate version of our local chap chye with a longer list of vegetarian ingredients. It is considered auspicious to eat this dish during Chinese New Year (traditionally eaten on the first day).
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This recipe contains a long list of ingredients to add in your Luo Han Zhai for a sumptuous and luxurious plate, and you can change or omit the ingredients as you please.
Many of the ingredients are dried goods, so you can stock up your pantry and whip this up quite readily.