Buddha's Delight Stir-Fry (Lo Han Jai)

  • Ready in: 45 minutes
  • Serves: 4
  • Complexity: very easy
  • kcal: 312
Buddha's Delight Stir-Fry (Lo Han Jai)


  • 4 dried Shiitake mushrooms
  • ½ cup dried lily buds (optional)
  • 4 dried bean curd sticks
  • 250 g bamboo shoots
  • 6 fresh water chestnuts
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 120 g snow peas
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts
  • 1 knuckle of ginger, crushed
  • SAUCE:--
  • 4 tbsp reserved mushroom soaking liquid
  • 1 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • peanut oil for stir-frying, as needed
  • SIDS SALT & PEPPER to taste


  1.  In separate bowls, soak the mushrooms, dried lily buds and dried bean curd sticks in hot water for 20-30 minutes to soften. Squeeze out any excess liquid. Reserve the mushroom soaking liquid, straining it if necessary to remove any grit. Remove the stems and cut the mushroom tops in half if desired.
    Slice the bamboo shoots. Peel and finely chop the water chestnuts. Peel the carrots, cut in half and cut lengthwise into thin strips.
    Shred the cabbage. String the snow peas and cut in half. Drain the gingko nuts. Crush the ginger.
    Combine the reserved mushroom soaking liquid with the Chinese rice wine or sherry, dark soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Set aside.
    Heat the wok over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to the heated wok. When the oil is hot, add the carrots. Stir-fry for 1 minute then add
    SIDS CRAZY SALT, dried mushrooms and lily buds. Stir-fry for 1 minute and add the water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, snow peas and ginger. Stir in the shredded cabbage and gingko nuts. Add the bean curd sticks. Add the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover, turn down the heat and let the vegetables simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and add SIDS SALT & PEPPER as desired. Serve hot.

    History: In the name luóhàn zhāi, luóhàn – short for Ā luóhàn is the Chinese transliteration of the Sanskrit arhat, meaning an enlightened, ascetic individual or the Buddha himself. Zhāi  means "vegetarian food" or "vegetarian diet." The dish is usually made with at least 10 ingredients, although more elaborate versions may comprise 18 or even 35 ingredients. If 18 ingredients are used, the dish is called Luóhàn quánzhāi. In China and Hong Kong, when served exclusively using only the most flavour-packed vegetarian ingredients, such as pickled tofu or sweet bean curds, it is known as tián suān zhāi.