Buddha’s Delight (Luo Han Zhai 罗汉斋）
I have always been very inspired by people who manage to go vegan or vegetarian as I find that it really takes a lot of determination and discipline to make that work. Not only does that makes sustainable living more attainable, it also means that we do not really need all the fancy and expensive food to keep us sane. Living minimally and sustainably have been my recent years goals, but I have to admit I have not been disciplined enough in this aspect to pull through it on a long term basis. Nevertheless, I have been taking baby steps here and there and declaring some vegetarian days (for non-religious purposes) monthly to prep up some meatless dishes to take this inspiration a step forward.
With that, the Buddha’s Delight dish fits the theme ideally. As the name implies, it’s a vegetarian dish that arises from the religion but regardless of the background, I feel that this is still a wholesome and healthy vegetable dish that can be simply enjoyed by everyone. In fact, I even eat this all by itself without having any other side dishes !