Monday, July 16, 2012

Vegetarian Fried Mee Hoon (Chinese Style)

As I share my vegetarian recipe, my thoughts are reflecting back to the change I made to my diet last year. One morning I woke up and just like that, I decided to become a vegetarian.  Indeed, I have to congratulate myself for the brave move. I did not have any issues cooking vegetarian meals, neither any bit of temptation to eat any kind of meat. Eating out at times became messy but not at vegetarian restaurants. It was at hawker stalls and cafes, though some do offer vegetarian meals on their menu. What ever it was, I was mentally strong to remain as a vegetarian.  

As the months went further and after 8 months exactly, I started getting comments. My close friends hinted that I have lost so much of weight and that I look run down, tired and  much older.  Others whom I bumped into after a long time started asking me if I am  taking drugs.  I admitted that I lost a tremendous amount of weight and consistently felt weak and lethargic. That got me thinking, unsure if I was lacking the needed nutrients because of the change in diet. It came to a point that I decided to switch back to being a non-vegetarian. I realized that it was a drastic change my body couldn't accept. 

Instead of trying to be a hero by giving up meat totally, I am now more practical. Certain days in between, my other half and me give up meat and are happy with vegetarian meals and the rest of the days, a balance between vegetarian and meaty dishes. This vegetarian fried mee hoon was one of the dishes I prepared for our meatless day - cooked with fermented soy bean paste/taucu, chillies, cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. 

150g (2 slabs) mee hoon - soaked in water to soften.
4 shiitake (Chinese black) mushroom - soaked in hot water to soften and sliced into long pieces.
1/2 (about 250g) cabbage - shredded/sliced
7 garlic - chopped
2 tbsp fermented black bean paste (tauchu)
1 tbsp blended/grounded dried red chilies
2 stalks spring onions - cut into 1 inch length
4-5 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

Heat oil in a large wok and when heated, add garlic and blended/grounded chilies.
Fry until oil splits.
Add fermented bean paste/taucu and and mushroom.
Stir, add mee hoon and season with salt (use sparingly as bean paste is already salty)
Continue to stir to combine all together.
Off the heat and stir in cabbage and spring onions.
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  1. Not bad.. I like to eat fried bihun compare to mee

  2. Wow, what an adventure! Guess I enjoy eating meat too much to make that big sacrifice. Glad that u're back to normal food so I can see your "meaty" recipes :)

  3. It's a big decision to become a vegetarian.

    usually I add shredded carrot to trick the boy into eating carrot

  4. Wow!How nice if everyone can be like you,so easy to decide.
    The world will be a better place to stay
    if people can improve overnight.

  5. I am also not a big meat eater but I cannot imagine myself becoming a vegetarian. It needs a strong will to do that.

    Even though this vegetarian recipe looks wonderful but I would love to see your seafood recipes.

  6. Looks delicious , love any stir fried noodles. I am vegetarian and now takes eggs. But my hubby eats everything, so I cook for him.

  7. I try to balance vegetarian meals and meat,I probably have meat for dinner at least 2-4 times a month,and more seafood and vegetables :) By the way that Mee-hoon looks so mouth watering,my kind of foods,I don't have tauco for long time,great reciep,Nava !!

  8. Good on you for being so strong my friend :)
    This dish looks perfect for any vegetarian meal!

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. wow, you can even cook vegetarian dish!

  10. hi nava, i am not good in making noodles like the fried type.
    half will get stuck to the work and get burnt or the strands will break up tiny ugly pieces . ha ha . your looks great.
    will send you an email by tonight latest. have a nice day

  11. I love noodles whether fried or in looks deliciously great Ms.Nava..visiting you ;)

  12. Looks delicious, I always have a soft spot for mee hoon! :)

  13. This looks spectacular! I think you are right, you have to find the right balance in your diet. I was a vegetarian for several years and actually gained weight! What made me go back to eating meat was that I needed more iron.

  14. WHat a perfect meal for when I only have a bit of time. I know hubby will love it too.

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