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December 20, 2022

20 Delicious Vegan Asian Recipes To Make At Home

Switching to veganism greatly impacts one’s life. It involves not only dietary change but also plenty of adjustments and compromises. This shift alters your personal and social life, and presents new kinds of challenges: one of them being not being able to enjoy cuisines which are predominantly meat-based.

We love Asian Food! So easy to make, and so delicious to eat! The average person may associate Asian recipes with juicy and tender meaty bites with slurpy noodles (meaning Asian recipes are usually meat-based…yes? Actually, no.) There are plenty of vegan options for your favourite Asian recipes! All you have to do is swap the meat with the likes of tofu, tempeh, seitan or even cottage cheese - and it’ll be just as delicious.

We want to change the notion that being vegan restricts you to boring, bland or unsavory food. You may not always find vegan substitues for your most cherished Asian recipes at restaurants, but you can always cook them at home, with some basic know-how. 

We have curated a list of 20 Vegan Asian Recipes for you to try. Most of them use easily available ingredients, are simple and can be cooked in less than 45 minutes. 

20 Easy Vegan Asian Recipes To Make At Home

1. Pad Thai Noodles

The trick to making pad thai noodles vegan is replacing fish sauce with soy. It helps pad thai achieve the same apt balance of sour and spicy. To top it off, tofu acts as the best meat replacement supplying the desired protein. It adds a fusion of nutty sweetness and crumbly goodness to this vegan Asian dish.

Read the complete recipe here.

Vegan Pad Thai, made by Nymble.

2. Vegan Thai Green Curry

Thai green curry is traditionally made using sea ingredients: fish sauce and shrimp paste. Alternatively, the freshness of lime and lemongrass makes this dish truly unique. So, stir some curry paste, coconut milk and soy sauce in a pan; add fresh vegetables along with the herbs and see this scrumptious Thai dish simmer to wholesome goodness.

Read the complete recipe here. 

Vegan Thai Green Curry, made by Nymble.

3. General Tso’s Tofu

The vegan way to prepare the famous Taiwanese General Tso's chicken is to add tofu to the base sauce. It is a delectable blend of hoisin and soy sauce with ginger, red chili flakes and sugar tossing in the perfect sweet-spicy taste. Baked or crispy fried tofu is added to this saporous base making for one of the best vegan Asian recipes.

Read the complete recipe here

General Tso's Tofu, made by Nymble.

4. Kimchi Fried Rice with Tempeh

When it comes to cooking wholesome meals with minimal ingredients, Korean recipes have your back; they generally make for the easiest weeknight dinners. Besides, kimchi's briny fermented flavor assures delectable addition to any dish. So, keep some kimchi and rice handy to whip up one of the healthiest Asian vegan dishes when takeout cravings hit you.

This version of Kimchi fried rice uses tempeh as a meaty protein to complement the stirred rice and veggies. You may also use tofu, seitan or even mock-meat options as per the availability.

Read the complete recipe here.

5. Vegan Thai Noodle Soup

Packed with nutritious vegetables and Thai flavors, this soup might be your comfort food this winter. So grab some noodles and Thai curry paste off the shelf the next time you go buying groceries. This one-pot vegan Asian dish is the right balance of spicy, sweet and zesty freshness. 

Read the complete recipe here. 

Vegan Thai Noodle Soup, made by Nymble.

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6. Hot and Sour Tofu

Crispy chewy tofu in a sour base with occasional sweetness enliven the palate like nothing else. So, when those takeout cravings hit hard, assemble pineapple juice, rice vinegar, and a few sauces you have in your pantry to make this delectable hot and sour sauce. Fry corn flour-coated tofu until crisp and let it simmer in the sauce to absorb all the flavors.

Read the complete recipe here.

7. Teriyaki Tofu

Another on the list of moreish vegan Asian recipes is teriyaki tofu. 

Traditional teriyaki sauce uses mirin (a Japanese rice wine), soy sauce, and sugar base to bring an exceptional tangy-sweet balance to any meal. You can use it as a dip or stir fry with tofu, rice, and/or noodles to rejuvenate your palate. 

This version of the recipe utilizes crispy tofu doused and simmered in thick teriyaki sauce. 

Read the complete recipe here.

Teriyaki Tofu, made by Nymble.

8. Thai Noodle Salad with Grilled Pineapple

Thai food incorporates freshness to even the spiciest curries. So, the herbs and lime in this salad make for one the most refreshing healthy Asian vegan dishes. 

While the salad dressing is a mix of tamari, lime juice, sesame, and spices, grilled pineapple cubes add an essence of smoky tenderness to the meal. Top it off with some peanuts or pineapple shreds for extra crunch.

Read the complete recipe here.

9. Vegan Mapo Tofu

Packed with traditional Sichuan flavors, this version of mapo tofu makes for one of the best vegan Asian side dishes. In this recipe, tofu is set in a thin spicy sauce made of chili and fermented beans. While caramelized mushrooms are optional, their involvement adds a pinch of buttery sweetness to the fiery deliciousness of Sichuan peppercorn.

Read the complete recipe here. 

Vegan Mapo Tofu, made by Nymble.

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10. Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

With its creamy texture, absorbing nature and quirkily vegetal taste: eggplant makes for a versatile ingredient. However, it is usually tricky to get right, especially because eggplant gets soggy or mushy if not cooked well. As such, this recipe is a boon! It lays down the best way to cook eggplant, charring it before seasoning it with soy sauce and a dash of sugar. 

Read the complete recipe here. 

11. Vegan Jajangmyeon

Jjajangmyeon translates to saucy noodles in English. This Korean delicacy is essentially a version of black bean noodles, one of the must-tries vegan Asian recipes. 

The rich taste of black bean sauce is toned down with broth and a generous sprinkle of sugar making it a delightful base for the noodles and veggies. Don't forget to sauté the bean paste in oil along with other spices to bring out the umami smack.

Read the complete recipe here. 

12. Kung Pao Tofu

Did you know kung pao sauce is a mix of soy sauce, vinegar and sugar? Yes, it’s that easy to make!

So, if you are on the lookout for delectable vegan Asian side dishes, here is your muse. Douse some cubes of tofu in a mouthwatering kung pao base along with cashews and vegetables of your choice. Let it simmer to perfection and serve over rice or noodles of your choice.

Read the complete recipe here. 

13. Miso Udon Noodle Soup with Mock Abalone

With winter around the corner, a warm bowl of soup is all we need most evenings. And what makes for better noodle soup than mealy udon? So, stir it with some veggies, miso paste and other seasonings, and simmer till cooked. 

Top it off with sauteed mock abalone to make one of the healthy Asian vegan dishes.

Read the complete recipe here.

14. Avocado Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Sushi rolls serve as the perfect entrees in any dinner party. Wholesome cauliflower rice, fresh cucumber and creamy avocado impart zest to every meal. This delectable blend of nutty luxury with earthy freshness and zesty tang is the vegan Asian dish we all deserve. Serve with pickled ginger and miso soup for an enhanced sushi dining experience.

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe from Simple Veganista.

15. Scallion Pancakes

Green onion cakes or scallion pancakes are a Chinese breakfast staple. These tender flatbreads are easy to make like regular pancakes. Just sprinkle the dough with some green onions and season with salt and pepper before rolling. You can even make your own version of the dish by experimenting with onion powder, vegan cheese and/or tofu.

Read the complete recipe here.

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16. Panang Curry with Tofu and Vegetables

Packed with Thai lime zest and traditionally rich flavors, Panang curry is one of the most delectable vegan Asian side dishes.  Simmer tofu and vegetables in a mix of Thai curry paste, coconut milk and vegan fish sauce. This recipe requires no extra seasoning like pepper. So, top it off with lime leaves (that zesty freshness!) and serve over rice.

Read the complete recipe here. 

17. Spicy Vegan Orange Ground Chicken Bowls

This recipe uses seitan to make the vegan Asian dish. Seitan is a protein-rich meat substitute made out of wheat gluten, thus also called wheat meat. 

It is ground in a food processor and tossed with vegetable dices into thick orange sauce. Made with maple syrup, orange extract, lemon and spices, the sauce is a unique blend of sweetly spicy tang. 

Read the complete recipe here. 

18. Vegan Yakitori

Yakitori is Japanese style skewered chicken. This recipe barbecues oyster mushrooms and bok choy with Japanese glaze, which is an inimitable blend of sour-spicy-sweet flavors. The glaze is a mix of soy sauce and rice vinegar seasoned with caster sugar, lime and spices. So, if you are planning to invite friends over for dinner this holiday, this is your sign to make it a barbeque!

Read the complete recipe here.

Recipe from Avande Garde Vegan.

19. Vegan Wonton Soup

Another one of healthy Asian vegan dishes, this wonton soup will bring warmth to your life, one bowl at a time. Wontons are fairly quick and easy to make.  Crumble some tofu with mushrooms and green onions for the filling while your soup comes to a boil. Now, all that is left is to wrap the crumbled filling in wonton covers and let simmer till cooked. Remember to season generously with vinegar and soy sauce.

Read the complete recipe here

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20. Vegan Banh Xeo

A type of Vietnamese crepes, Bánh Xèo’s are thin and crispy on the edges and filled with loads of vegetables, tofu, mushrooms and bean sprouts. Turmeric is used to impart their vibrant yellow hue.

An important component of the dish is the dipping sauce called nước chấm. It uses fish sauce, sugar and zesty lime to reach a delectable balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy. 

Read the complete recipe here. 

The list of vegan Asian recipes goes on. However, now that you know that you can eat varied foods without compromising on dietary preferences, treat yourself with scrumptious delicacies. Whether it be weekday lunches, weekend dinners or family gatherings, these dishes fit every mood. 

or have Nymble cook for you?

While these vegan Asian recipes are super easy to whip up under an hour, a busy day or an unforeseen task can often set you back from your daily cooking schedule. You may love cooking, and discovering new recipes but it could be even more streamlined if you have someone who can cook you the food you want to eat, always as per your wants and abiding to your no-go zones. Nymble is a fully-automated cooking robot that can transform your eating habits from the get-go. You can try over 100 vegan options, customize these recipes according to your liking, schedule meals ahead of time and track them from your phone, and this is only a small preview for you! It is the perfect all-inclusive solution to your daily cooking hassles. To learn more about our nifty robot-chef, visit here.

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