Buddhist’s Delight

Buddhist's Delight

Last week for the Lunar New Year, I made Buddhist’s Delight also known as Buddha’s Delight, Vegetarian’s Delight or in Chinese, jai.

It’s a traditional vegetarian dish served on the first day to bring success and prosperity into the new year. Each family has its own variation but generally it includes a mix of dried and fresh ingredients symbolizing wealth and luck. Things such as:

  • Chinese dried black mushrooms
  • dried cloud ears
  • dried lily bulbs
  • cellophane noodles
  • shredded fresh bean curd sheet
  • fried tofu puffs
  • sliced napa cabbage
  • sliced carrots
  • ginger

Seems like a lot of stuff, but once you’re done with the soaking of the dried ingredients and the cutting, everything comes together fairly quickly.

So quickly in fact, that I didn’t really get down the recipe. But I will next time. Buddhist’s Delight or a variation of it can be served any ol’ time, it’s not just reserved for new year’s day.

I always thought it was funny that the custom is to feast on new year’s eve then have this one vegetarian dish on new year’s day (sorta like a cleansing thing) and then it’s back to feasting the following day.

Happy feasting in the Lunar New Year!

13 Comments so far

  1. CW on February 7th, 2009

    Happy New Year!

    This is always my favourite dish every New Year.

  2. VeganKorean on February 7th, 2009


  3. Chuck on February 7th, 2009

    OK, it looks beautiful, but I haven’t heard of half of those ingredients before lol. What the heck is dried cloud ears? lol.

    I bet it all tastes good! I think that is what I love about food. You can always learn something new.

  4. Veggie Wedgie on February 8th, 2009

    This looks good!

  5. lisa (show me vegan) on February 8th, 2009

    Mmm…I bet this tastes amazing!

  6. steph on February 9th, 2009

    ahaha, not one of my favourites but definitely one of those things you have to have. :o)

  7. Heikki on February 10th, 2009

    Looks delicious and beautiful!

  8. miss v on February 10th, 2009

    wow. that looks really good!

  9. chow on February 10th, 2009

    CW – My favorite too!

    VeganKorean – Thanks!

    Chuck – Dried cloud ears is a jelly fungi. It’s a dark colored mushroom that looks like ears growing on trees. It doesn’t really have much of a taste, it’s more of a texture thing. Yup, I’m always learning about and trying new foods.

    Veggie Wedgie – Thank you!

    lisa (show me vegan) – I think it’s the many different ingredients that makes it so good.

    steph – Totally a must have for new years day!

    Heikki – Thank you!

    miss v – Thanks!

  10. Vegiegail on February 12th, 2009

    Looks spectacular! Recipe, please!!!

  11. crystal on February 12th, 2009

    This is my favourite dish :) In fact, this dish is full of goodness, all the ingredients like mushroom, fungus, dried lily bulb are full of nutritients (iron … etc).

    BTW, I tried out your suggestion of using fremented beancurd for zucchini. The first time I did, the photo didn’t turn out right. I tried a second time, going to post soon. Nice and thank you so much.
    Cheers :)

  12. chow on February 13th, 2009

    Vegiegail – Thanks, recipe is going up next time I make the dish.

    crystal – Glad to hear it’s full of good stuff! Extra glad you liked the fermented beancurd with zucchini. Looking forward to seeing your post. :-)

  13. dreaminitvegan on February 14th, 2009

    So fresh looking!

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