Buddha's Delight

60 mins (prep 45)
22 ingredients
makes 8 servings (as part of a chinese meal)
Extremely subtle and very delicate, this special dish, called Buddha's Delight because it's completely vegetarian, is all about texture. The biggest challenge in making it is finding the right ingredients, but the reward is worth the effort. Prepared with fresh vegetables, this recipe is sublime. If you can't find them fresh, don't be tempted to use canned (frozen bamboo shoots and ginkgo nuts are acceptable, however). Traditional Buddha's Delight doesn't call for garlic, but we find it makes all the difference. The recipe also serves 4 as a fabulous vegetarian main course.

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  • 12 large dried black mushrooms (3 oz)
  • 5 cups boiling-hot water plus additional for soaking bean curd skins
  • 2 dried bean curd skins (2 oz total)
  • 1/2 lb fresh or thawed frozen large bamboo shoots
  • 2 to 3 oz very thin bean thread noodles (2 small skeins; also known as cellophane, glass, or mung bean noodles)
  • 1 (1/2-lb) firm fresh tofu cake, or 1/2 cake from a 14- to 16-oz package, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and very thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peeled shelled fresh or frozen ginkgo nuts
  • 1/3 cup vegetarian oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce (preferably pearl river bridge brand)
  • 1/4 cup chinese rice wine (preferably shaoxing) or medium-dry sherry
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups fresh soybean sprouts (1/4 lb)
  • 2 romaine hearts, trimmed and quartered lengthwise, then cut into 2-inch pieces (6 cups)


Serving Size (458.73 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 281.2 Calories from Fat 123.66
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13.74g 169.13%
Saturated Fat 3.1g 124.11%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 25.14mg 67.04%
Sodium 547.21mg 182.4%
Total Carbohydrate 16.98g 45.29%
Dietary Fiber 1.85 g 59.15%
Sugars 5.15 g %
Protein 23.6g 377.54%
Vitamin A 207.32IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 191.39mg% Iron 2.45mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
dried black mushrooms, plus, dried bean curd, or, large, bean thread noodles, thin, peanut or vegetable oil, peeled, fresh or frozen, vegetarian oyster sauce, light soy sauce, chinese rice wine, soybean sprouts, fresh