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15 Popular Asian Recipes Made Vegan

Traditional Asian cultures have long relied on plant-based foods like soy, vegetables, and grains as staples in their diet, so many of their dishes are already vegan. But if not, it’s easy to make your favorite meal vegan with a couple of simple substitutions. Below are 15 delicious Asian-inspired vegan recipes:

1. Kelp Noodles in Peanut-Miso Sauce

Kelp noodles are not only tasty, but fat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and extremely low in calories. Their crunchy texture is not like those of regular noodles, but delicious in its own way. They are versatile and can be used raw (they are considered a raw food), or heated in stir-fries, etc.

Kelp Noodles in Peanut-Miso Sauce

2. Udon Noodle Soup

Thick and substantial, yet slippery and melting, udon is a wonderful comfort food. Despite common opinion stating that udon noodles are high in calories, a medium portion in a broth like this is wonderfully healthy.

Udon Noodle Soup

3. Seaweed Salad

One cup of seaweed contains almost as much protein as a cup of lentils, and one gram of seaweed takes care of your iodine needs for the day. Not to mention all the B12 you can get.

Seaweed Salad

4. Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Cool, crisp veggies, full of flavor and crunch make this dish not only extremely satisfying, but leave you with loads of energy and won’t weigh you down.

Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

5. Sweet Potato Red Cabbage and Kelp Noodle Bowl with Rich Miso Dressing

Kelp, and other seaweeds, offer a rich source of vitamins and minerals including iodine, magnesium, and B vitamins. These nutrients are essential for a healthy thyroid, combatting stress, and helping the body detox from harmful toxins.

Sweet Potato Red Cabbage and Kelp Noodle Bowl with Rich Miso Dressing

6. Bangkok Black Rice Salad with Fresh Peach

The rice is definitely needed for color contrast, an appealingly nutty flavor, and a slightly chewy texture, not to mention a bit of protein.

Bangkok Black Rice Salad with Fresh Peach

7. Street Pad Thai

The most popular and well-known Thai dish is “pad thai”, something that can be found easily being prepared by street food vendors.

Street Pad Thai

8. Pomegranate Sweet and Sour Tempeh

Try this bright tasting sweet and sour tempeh and see how it plays off one of our favorite American reislings, made by one of our favorite American winemakers, Charles Smith.

Pomegranate Sweet and Sour Tempeh

9. Peanut Butter Spicy Noodles

A delicious Asian inspired noodle salad which incorporates our beloved Plain Jane Peanut Butter. A great balance of protein, fresh veggies, and carbs.

Peanut Butter Spicy Noodles

10. Minced Tempeh Salad with Lemongrass Sesame and Cashews

Inspired by the region’s cuisine in general, this recipe uses raw lemongrass in a tempeh salad with a sesame/lime/sugar/soy sauce combination that will blow your mind.

Minced Tempeh Salad with Lemongrass Sesame and Cashews

11. Steamed Chinese Bao with Peanut Butter

You might know these as Chinese bao, steamed buns – you might know them with no filling at all – or you might not know them. These are delicious snacks and desserts.

Steamed Chinese Bao with Peanut Butter

12. Asian Slaw Salad with Miso Ginger Dressing

This colorful Asian style slaw can be served alone or as a side dish. It would also pair nicely served at room temperature, topped with crispy pan fried tofu.

Asian Slaw Salad with Miso Ginger Dressing

13. Stir Fried Tofu with Veggies and Shiitake with Arrowroot Sauce

Cooking with arrowroot is easy, and the result is a fantastic, viscous sauce. Just be aware that once on the hot skillet arrowroot will dense the food immediately: don´t let it be unattended.

Stir Fried Tofu with Veggies and Shiitake with Arrowroot Sauce

14. Raw Rainbow Noodles with Spicy Jungle Peanut Sauce

This is a simple clean dish that will fill you up with positive energy, vitamins, nutrients, and joy.

Raw Rainbow Noodles with Spicy Jungle Peanut Sauce

15. Cauliflower Manchurian

This cauliflower dish blends Asian and Indian flavors beautifully. It has a rich and complex flavor, but is slightly sweet and also a little spicy.

Cauliflower Manchurian

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11 comments on “15 Popular Asian Recipes Made Vegan”

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Stephanie Kim
4 Years Ago

great list!! Although I must say Kelp noodles are not frequently used in traditional asian dishes. Kelp is used only for broths, rarely for actual consumption (not that good for you anyways due to excessive iodine)

Jacqueline Moon Richardson
4 Years Ago

Who is going to buy the ingredients then cook, serve and clean up???

Jana Leland
4 Years Ago

LOVE these posts!

Steven Novak
4 Years Ago

Green Leaf restaurant Opened in March 8900 west broad st Vegan , Vegetarian restaurant Gotta go there

Melissa Sarat
4 Years Ago


Laura M. Lockhart
4 Years Ago

Kyle Athey

Billy Angus
4 Years Ago

These dishes look very yummy. I'm already getting hungry.

Peter Farras
4 Years Ago

Oh I always notice there isn't any *meat* in my meal, because I'm vegan ~ YAY! Oh, and I have ethics (which means I know veganism isn't a diet ~ Go Beyonce!)

Eskil Jonsson
4 Years Ago

Spring rolls with peanut sauce, DAMN I WANT THAT NOW! ;3 It's been way too long and it's so freaking delicious ;333

Eskil Jonsson
02 Jan 2014

Works just as awesome with noodles and tofu as well :-3 Peanut sauce is just phenomenal...

Mary Ciulla
02 Jan 2014

I dream of that peanut sauce and spring rolls!

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