January 2021


It is by far my favorite vegetarian dish. In addition to being declined in several forms, cooking methods, and tastes, there is a multitude of recipes that go very well with tofu without it necessarily being a vegetarian steak with little concentrated taste.

For starters, the classic tofu (firm and generally cubic) which can be found just about everywhere with a slightly spicy sauce accompanied by finely sliced chives :

The mapo tofu which can be eaten without meat or with it (for the mysterious name it is Chinese cuisine). It is a spicy sauce that looks like tomato sauce but it is slightly sweet.


Then comes the ideal fried tofu in a soup named Bun Bo Hue (again an Asian dish directly from Vietnamese cuisine, I couldn't find a picture with fried tofu but in principle it's part of the recipe, again the meat is optional). It's a tomato soup, crab soup (you can replace it by a flavor if you don't eat crab meat), and noodles for vegetarians.

What are your favorite vegan dishes?

  • Dried Bean stick. C’est moins connu, c’est pas du tofu mais c’est la même base, à savoir du haricot jaune mais je vais préférer garder le nom anglais parce que la traduction est un peu wtf. Sous la langue ça donne une légère impression de légume à la texture frite. Ça se mange avec des vermicelles, des carottes cuites avec de la sauce soja et des champignons noirs.
Dried Bean stick

Dried Bean knot. It is the same manufacturing process that precedes, however it is not a stick but a knot, hence the name. This difference gives a radically different texture to the dried bean knot since it looks like it has a powdery texture. This one can only be eaten in soup. Here again, the soup content will depend on individual tastes. But there is also an excellent Chinese dish that is served at New Year's Eve. It is a mixture of Chinese cabbage, spinach, carrots, French cabbage, fried tofu, dried knot, shiitake mushrooms and soy saice. It's literally called "the ten vegetables", you put in the vegetables you want and it's super rich in flavor without even adding meat. This is rare because in Chinese cuisine it is the meat that gives the soup taste.

What are your favorite vegan dishes?

Tofu with 5 flavors. It is basically the main and most famous seasoning in Chinese cuisine. These spices are used as well to season meat (as it is the case of the lacquered duck), as to perfume the tofu. In total and according to Wikipedia, the 5 spices are :
  • Szechuan pepper;
  • Chinese star anise;
  • The cinnamon of China;
  • Cloves;
  • Fennel.
Seitan. Finally, probably the best known among vegetarians, Seitan is also called the Mock Duck, or the tofu imitation duck meat. Personally, I don't feel like eating duck meat, but since I'm an omnivore and I'm not allergic to gluten either, I mainly eat seitan for its sweet and salty taste but also for its elastic texture which goes very well in a salad that's a bit too bland.

What are your favorite vegan dishes?

Finally, precisely in Chinese cuisine, there is a plethora of tofu, almost as many as there are regions that, according to their traditions and customs, have developed specialties closely linked to their history. In Taiwan, for example, the fragrant tofu or stinky tofu is subjected to a fermentation process that gives it that special taste. Personally I don't like it, and yes, it stinks... but there are some who like Roquefort cheese, eh?

More original, I didn't put it in my list because I never had the opportunity to taste it, it's the "Shiratak Chinese version". Basically the literal translation in Mandarin is the tofu tuffu (hairy). It looks like cotton and it is after a long fermentation process that fungi grow on the surface of the tofu to populate it and give it that characteristic fluffy look. I think it's not sold in stores because it's very difficult to preserve. If you look at the picture, you could even say that on the scale of the tofu's life, it is mummified tofu..

 -The different curries: lentils, spinach/potatoes, chickpeas/butnuts, etc.

Tips: Brown garlic and onions in olive oil, add tomatoes or coulis then spices, curry (chilli, Jamaican pepper, etc.) and leave to cook. Once the mixture is well bound and colored, coat the vegetables of your choice (previously cooked) with this sauce, for example those mentioned before, which will make up your curry, then add coconut milk or soy cream as desired, salt and sprinkle with fresh coriander.

What are the best easy-to-prepare vegetarian recipes for singles?

- Different versions of the shakshuka: fresh tomatoes and garlic, sliced zucchini and garlic, eggplant, etc.

Tips: Add pieces of sheep feta cheese before the end of the cooking, they will melt with the vegetables. Eat the shakshuka with slices of bread, why not grilled with olive oil and rubbed with garlic.

- Refreshing legume salads: lentils, chickpeas, white beans, etc.

Tip 1: Legumes with a lemon sauce, olive oil, 4 spices and cinnamon; add pieces of fresh tomatoes, chopped parsley and onion, eat well chilled. Eat with slices of fresh bread.

Tip 2: Chickpeas or white beans with tahini sauce, olive oil, sliced onions, cinnamon/4 spices. Eat also with slices of fresh bread.

What are the best easy-to-prepare vegetarian recipes for singles?

Asian vegetable and rice noodle broth with pieces of breaded soy cutlets or hard-boiled eggs.

Tip: Cook fresh vegetables of your choice in purchased broth, carrot sticks, zucchini, cabbage, mushrooms, flat beans, etc.; adjust the seasoning to taste (5 spices, ginger, peppers, sweet and sour sauce, sweet soy sauce, etc.) then add rice noodles, which require very little cooking time. At the same time, in a very hot frying pan, grill your breaded soy escalope or cook the hard-boiled eggs. Add them last, taking care not to soak them too much in the stock. Sprinkle with fresh coriander.


-Fried noodles with ginger or lemongrass and vegetables

Tip: In a very hot frying pan, fry garlic and onion with ginger or lemongrass in olive oil, then add a "large" amount of sliced peppers, some sliced zucchini, carrots, flat beans, soy sprouts, etc. and let it grill, adding sweet soy sauce, until it is well caramelized. Add the pre-cooked Chinese noodles, then lastly sprinkle with sesame oil (generously), sesame seed and chopped coriander.

What are the best easy-to-prepare vegetarian recipes for singles?

-Vegetable seitan maffé, served with rice

Tip: Brown the pieces of seitan (homemade or bought commercially) in peanut or olive oil, with garlic and onions. Add tomato paste diluted with a little water (only so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot). Prepare the peanut sauce, with peanut butter with chilli and pepper and then again crushed garlic and onion. Add broth and the vegetables of your choice (sweet potatoes, maniocs, carrots, zucchini) and cook in the peanut sauce. Serve with rice.

served with rice