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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.

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13 Responses to “Luo Han Zhai (Buddha’s Delight)”

  1. masterofboots — January 16, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

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


  2. Donna Bee via Facebook — January 16, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

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


  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes — January 16, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

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


  4. food-4tots — January 16, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    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. Platanos, Mangoes & Me! — January 17, 2012 @ 4:04 am

    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. tigerfish — January 17, 2012 @ 7:23 am

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


  7. shirley@kokken69 — January 17, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    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. NoobCook via Facebook — January 17, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    mine was 3 ingredients short of 罗汉全斋 :p


  9. mochachocolatarita — January 17, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    such a scrumptious veggie dish! yumm


  10. B — January 17, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    A yummy, tasty and healthy dish!