Chinese New Year, sometimes called Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is February 1st. This festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of Spring. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. Celebrate Chinese New Year with this auspicious 5 Color Radiance and Abundance Vegan Tofu Stir Fry 五彩金銀滿屋豆乾小炒王! This healthy plant-based protein recipe is vibrant, fibre-rich, and made with local produce and soya products from Sunrise Market.
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- Strathcona Neighbourhood
- Sunrise Market and Sunrise Soya Tofu
- How Many Different Types Of Tofu Are There?
- What Type of Soya To Use In Vegan Chinese Tofu Stir Fry?
- Why Do We Eat Vegetarian on Chinese New Year?
- Auspicious Lunar New Year Food
- Lucky Chinese New Year Food
- Lucky Colours in Chinese New Year Colour Symbolism
- Vegan Tofu Stir Fry Cooking Tips
- 5 Color Radiance and Abundance Vegan Tofu Stir Fry
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Strathcona is the oldest residential neighbourhood in Vancouver, BC. It runs from Vancouver's Chinatown to False Creek, Downtown Eastside and to parts of Grandview-Woodland and Mount Pleasant.
The Strathcona neighbourhood reflects a deep and diverse cultural history and community. Similarly, it is home to industrial, manufacturing, retail, food and beverage, and residential.
I remember our family's weekly trips to Chinatown for Chinese groceries and supplies in the 80s. This was before the big box Asian supermarkets dominated after the influx of Hong Kong immigrants in the early 90s.
My husband's family also owned a clothing manufacturing factory in the Strathcona neighbourhood. The Canadian apparel industry supplied a wide range of garments domestically and to foreign markets.
Sunrise Market and Sunrise Soya Tofu
Located on the corner of 300 Powell Street and Gore in Downtown Eastside, this Independent family-owned business has witnessed complex memories of the history of racism, oppression, success and expansion in the neighbourhood.
Sunrise Soya Foods began after Leslie and Susan Joe immigrated to Canada from China. They recognized a demand for tofu in Vancouver's Chinese community in the 1950s. From small batches of fresh tofu made in the back of their grocery store, Sunrise Soya is the top tofu producer in Canada today.
How Many Different Types Of Tofu Are There?
There are different types of tofu aside from the conventional soft and firm tofu. Other types of soya tofu also include tofu puff, fried tofu, silken tube tofu, fried puff, dessert tofu, marinated pressed tofu, bean curds, etc.
What Type of Soya To Use In Vegan Chinese Tofu Stir Fry?
We use high protein plant-based foods like Sunrise Soya Marinated Tofu for this healthy Chinese New Year vegetarian dish. What is marinated tofu? Marinated tofu is pressed tofu that has been marinated in a lightly sweetened soy sauce marinade. It is the ideal type of tofu to make this shredded tofu recipe!
Why Do We Eat Vegetarian on Chinese New Year?
Lunar New Year is all about removing the bad and old and welcoming the good and new, This belief is rooted in worshipping Gods and Ancestors for good harvest upon the arrival of Spring in ancient China. The tradition of meatless meals for Chinese New Year originates from Buddhism. Many believers eat vegetarian. The believers opt for high protein meatless meals on the first and fifteenth day of every lunar month.
Whether you are a believer or not, meatless protein meals and plant-based recipes are just as delicious and easy to prepare.
Auspicious Lunar New Year Food
When it comes to Chinese New Year dishes, there is no shortage of auspicious fanciful names that bring positive energy, good fortune, harmony and good health!
Let's ring in the Lunar New Year with heaps of good fortune. How about this Steamed Money Bag Dumplings 年菜平安金福袋 recipe? It is perfect for the occasion!
Celebrate the family reunion with abundant good food on Chinese New Year's Eve. Traditional Chinese New Year's Eve menu includes whole fish, whole chicken, sumptuous seafood and elaborate appetizers. Similarly, nose to tail proteins signify unity, completeness and good fortune all year round! Chinese vegan and vegetarian dishes like Buddha's Delight extend in good karma and purity.
Lucky Chinese New Year Food
The colourful variety 5 ingredients (五彩 /wǔcǎi/) or 7 (七彩 /qīcǎi/) ingredients signifies good fortune, radiance and abundance. For this
5 Color Radiance and Abundance Tofu Stir Fry recipe we used an array of colourful reds (red peppers), gold (carrots), silver (bean sprouts), and jade (chives).
Lucky Colours in Chinese New Year Colour Symbolism
Red - good fortune, wealth, and happiness
Gold - wealth, good fortune
Silver - wealth, good fortune
Green - purity, harmony, regeneration and hope
Vegan Tofu Stir Fry Cooking Tips
Wash and prepare the ingredients.
Julienne the ingredients into similar sizes - 2 inches lengthwise, ¼ inch width
Then, use a variety of fibre-rich vegetables like carrots, chives, green onions, bean sprouts, and red peppers.
In addition, use marinated pressed tofu for stir fry recipes. They are firmer and will not crumble easily.
Add a little ginger and garlic add flavour and depth.
Vegan Tofu Stir Fry Seasoning and Marinade
Then, add ingredients to wok and cook ingredients harder to cook first (ex. carrots and bean sprouts and finish with chives lasts.)
I always like to double my recipe and make extras. This plant-based Chinese tofu recipe makes for easy vegan meal prep for a high protein, low carb bowl. You can also use it as filling for spring rolls or pan-fried baos. This vegan tofu stir fry is excellent with soup noodles too!
So, what's in store for the Year of the Tiger 2022?
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5 Color Radiance and Abundance Vegan Tofu Stir Fry
Celebrate Chinese New Year with this auspicious 5 Color Radiance and Abundance Vegan Tofu Stir Fry 五彩金銀滿屋豆乾小炒王! This healthy plant-based protein recipe is vibrant, fibre-rich, and made with local produce from Sunrise Market. High protein plant-based protein recipe easy vegan meal prep for a high protein low carb bowl.
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 2-4 persons 1x
- Category: Main Dishes
- Method: Stir Fry
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Diet: Vegan
- 280g of marinated tofu (we used Sunrise Soya Marinated Tofu)
- 100g carrots, julienne
- 150g bean sprouts, julienne
- 100g red pepper, julienne
- 100g chives
- 4-5 cloves garlic, rough chop
- 2-inch knob of ginger, sliced
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground white pepper
- 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
- 2 tsp vegetable bouillon (v) or chicken powder
- 2 tbsp water to dissolve the brown sugar and bouillon
- Vegetable oil to cook
- salt to taste
- Add oil to a wok over medium-high heat.
- Add garlic and ginger to wok, and let simmer for a minute.
- Next, add carrots and bean sprouts to wok. Toss for a minute.
- Add marinated tofu and red peppers along with the dissolved brown sugar and bouillon, mix well.
- Add chives and stir fry until veggies are cooked but not wilted
- Remove from wok.
- Serve tofu stir fry with white jasmine rice.
- Julienne the ingredients into similar sizes - 2 inches lengthwise, ¼ inch width
- Add ingredients to wok and cook ingredients harder to cook first (ex. carrots and bean sprouts and finish with chives lasts.)
- Season with Shaoxing wine, ground white pepper and vegetable bouillon. Those that are not vegan or vegetarians can use chicken essence powder.
- Serving Size: 1 plate
- Calories: 258
- Sugar: 7.8 g
- Sodium: 612.7 mg
- Fat: 16.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 25.1 g
- Protein: 12.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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