Buddha's Delight

Prep: 30 minutes Cook: 25-30 minutes

Serves:8

I enjoyed this dish at one of our local Chinese restaurants a few nights ago, and decided to come home and make it for myself the next night. (I enjoyed my version even more than the restaurant version).

Ingredients

  • 4 cups broccoli and/or cauliflower flowerets
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups bok choy, sliced thinly
  • 2 cups snow peas
  • 1/2 cup bamboo shoots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup whole straw mushrooms (canned)
  • 1 cup whole baby corn (canned)
  • Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp sherry (or apple juice)
  • 1 tbsp (or to taste) soy sauce (optional)
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper

Directions

Prepare vegetables as directed and set aside separately. Combine sauce ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.

In a wok or a large saucepan, place about 1/2 cup water and a dash or two of soy sauce. Heat until it boils, then add broccoli, carrots and green onions. Cook and stir for about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms, bok choy and snow peas. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Cook and stir a few more minutes. Add sauce mixture to pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. After mixture boils and thickens, stir in straw mushrooms and baby corn. Cook until heated thoroughly. Serve over brown rice.

HINT: Buddha's delight is a popular vegetarian dish in China. There are many variations but one thing they share in common is at least 10 different vegetables are used in the preparation. You may vary the vegetables used according to what you have available in your refrigerator and pantry.