Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vegan Fried Rice

A while back, I repaid a friend for helping me build most of my apartment's furniture by cooking him some yum veg Asian food. I made Nasu Dengaku (nasu is "eggplant" in Japanese). Using this excellent recipe from the FatFree Vegan Kitchen blog, it turned out most tasty!

Nasu Dengaku

Along with this eggplant dish, I made a vegan fried rice with random veggies I had at hand.

Vegan Fried Rice

* Prep Time:
15 minutes

* Cook Time: 30 minutes


* Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons soy butter (add more to taste)
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/2 of medium red onion - chopped
  • 1 cup of green beans - chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots - chopped
  • 1/2 cup of white mushroom - sliced*
  • 1/3rd cup of bell pepper - red/yellow/green/orange (optional)
  • 1/3rd cup of peas (optional)
  • 1/3rd block of firm tofu - cut into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (add more to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • several dashes of sea salt
  • several dashes of black pepper
  • dash of basil (ground)
  • 2 cups of pre-cooked rice - white or brown*

* Recipe:

  1. Add soy butter to wok and allow to melt.
  2. Next, add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Place all vegetables into wok, mix well with onion, garlic, and soy butter. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add pre-cooked rice (use whatever method you normally do to cook rice) to wok and mix well with vegetables.
  5. Put soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, and spices in pot and mix well with rice and vegetables.
  6. Allow to cook for a several minutes, mixing every so often.
* Notes: Feel free to use shiitake mushrooms instead of white button mushrooms. For this recipe, I used white rice.

Tonight, after some oishii (tasty) sushi, a buddy and I went over to Wicker Park and had some crazy lab science-like vegan ice cream with vanilla tea. iCream Cafe makes the ice cream and sorbet from scratch right in front of you! Not only is it neat to watch, it is very vegan-friendly. They have soy ice cream for a base (or you could choose sorbet), add a flavor (we did mint), then add a topping (ours was oreo & sprinkles).

Check it out for a tasty treat!

Nasu Dengaku: 5/5

For Halloween, I was a 1940s sailor pin-up girl. In the next couple posts, I will post a tutorial on how to do the vintage 'do I was sporting.

'Ta for now!

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