Looking for some fun inspiration for your next dinner party? You’ll love these vegetarian Chinese recipes!
I’m a huge fan of the dinner party, and I love an excuse to have some friends over for a themed evening. This week I’m sharing a menu for an all-vegetarian Chinese meal!
I’ll provide the recipes, offer a preparation game plan, and even set you up with a grocery list.
Okay, first things first:
The Vegetarian Chinese Menu
This menu serves four to six. For larger crowds, double the recipes.
To drink: plenty of hot tea and ice-cold lagers!
The Game Plan
In Advance: Cut up the veggies for the chow mein and assemble the potstickers.
Evening Of: Cook the rice, steam the potstickers, and stir-fry the chow mein, cabbage, eggs, and potatoes.
As Guests Arrive: Boil water for tea, serve drinks, fluff the rice, and place everything on the table.
The Shopping List
- 12 ounces baby bella mushrooms
- 1 inch fresh ginger root
- 2 beefsteak tomatoes
- 2 bunches scallions
- 1 1/4 pounds yukon gold potatoes
- 2 heads garlic
- 1 serrano chile pepper
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 large carrots
- 1 small head green cabbage
- 2 large heads Napa (Chinese) cabbage
- 24 gyoza wrappers
- Large eggs
- 2 (5.6-ounce) packages yakisoba noodles
- Dried Scallions
- Dried Onion Flakes
- White rice
Asian Foods Aisle:
- Sesame oil
- Hoisin sauce
- Sichuan peppercorns
- Soy sauce
- Rice Vinegar
- Dark soy sauce (optional)
- Toasted sesame seeds (optional)
- Chinese black vinegar (optional)
Pantry Staples: Red Pepper Flakes, Garlic Powder, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Corn Starch, Balsamic Vinegar (in case you can’t find Chinese black vinegar).
For the past six months or so, I’ve done my grocery shopping through the Fred Meyer ClickList service. Fred Meyer was kind enough to sponsor today’s post, so I thought I’d share a bit about the service for those of you who haven’t tried it yet!
ClickList allows you to shop online and pick up your order at the store. You don’t even have to get out of your car! I use it for my groceries (of course), but also for necessities like shampoo, household cleaners, and wine (<- technically a grocery, but also a necessity). There’s over 40,000 products available in-store that you can choose from, so it’s pretty legit.
You simply fill your online “cart,” confirm the order, then select a date and time for pick-up. You can make changes to your order anytime up until midnight the night before.
Because I’m goofy, here’s a picture of me I took about 5 minutes ago in my standard work uniform: sweats, hoodie, no make-up, and messy bun. Notice how my desk is a mess and I have an obvious problem with sticky notes. I’m not sure if you can see, but I also have about 10 internet browsers open.
I’m ordering this week’s groceries on ClickList – it even keeps track of my “favorites” right there on the home screen – you can see that I buy a LOT of avocados, cilantro, cucumbers, limes, and scallions. Ignore the wine and ice cream underneath. That never even happened. Maybe.
Other reasons I love using this service:
- I used to organize my shopping lists by aisle (like I did for you above), which meant sometimes I had to write (or type) my list out more than once. Now, I just add the items to my online shopping cart and someone else takes care of all that for me! I don’t know if this is done at every store, but I’ve noticed that when I unpack my groceries, they’ve divided the ingredients into separate bags for produce, frozen foods, etc. SO SMART.
- I don’t have to put on real clothes or change out of my slippers. I know friends and family who love using this service when they are under the weather, have kids in the car and don’t want to go inside, or are just tired on their way home from work and love the convenience factor. I don’t have any of those excuses, but I love technology and I love when life is made easier for me.
- The quality of the produce and other products is EXCELLENT. I’m very picky about produce because I usually end up photographing it, and I’ve had a great experience with the produce I’ve received from the ClickList service. I can even specify what it is that I want (e.g., 2 green avocados, 2 ripe avocados).
Alright, folks. I think I’ve got you pretty well covered for this vegetarian Chinese dinner party. Now, go forth and cook!