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Luo Han Zhai (Buddha’s Delight)

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.

Ingredients for Buddha's Delight & Chap ChyeMany of the ingredients are dried goods, so you can stock up your pantry and whip this up quite readily.

13 comments on “Luo Han Zhai (Buddha’s Delight)”

  1. Adding nam yee is such a nice touch. It makes the seasoning more interesting

  2. Woah u bought 18 ingredients to put in! It looks yummy :)

  3. wow your luo han zhai looks way better than the one served in the restaurants! Bravo!

  4. What a co-incidence! I just cooked it yesterday. But your version looks so much better than mine. It looks as good as the 罗汉全斋!! ;)

  5. I like this dish very much and I am sure your version is delicious. I just told my husband we have to go out and get some….my mouth is watering…

  6. I can eat this in replacement of any other CNY dish!

  7. I have cooked Luo Han Zhai for CNY once many years ago… Looking at your photos, reminded me how good this dish would taste… making a mental note to cook this soon.

  8. mine was 3 ingredients short of 罗汉全斋 :p

  9. such a scrumptious veggie dish! yumm

  10. A yummy, tasty and healthy dish!

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