Rice Cakes with Mixed Vegetables  by: Sarah 0 Comments Jump to Recipe Posted:1/20/2023Updated:12/22/2022 This stir-fry of Chinese rice cakes with mixed vegetables is colorful, satisfying, and happens to be vegan and vegetarian.  Rice cakes are called niángāo in Mandarin (or neen goh in Cantonese), which is a homonym for Chinese words that mean “higher year.” It symbolizes growth in the new year, which is why families enjoy niángāo in its many forms around the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival.A Vegan & Vegetarian Rice Cake Stir-fry We’ve posted rice cake recipes in the past, including our Stir-fried Rice Cakes with Pork, Shanghai Stir-fried Rice Cakes with Shepherd’s Purse, our Spicy Rice Cakes, and our Steak & Scallion Rice Cakes.But we’ve never posted a version that was all veggie!  To give the stir-fry a meaty flavor, we included oyster mushrooms.

You can also substitute fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms.We also have lots of different textures coming from the napa cabbage, carrots, and bean sprouts.As a longtime rice cake enthusiast, I was frankly surprised while developing this recipe that I really didn’t miss the meat here! Layering Flavor with Spices & Aromatics  In some ways, cooking vegan and vegetarian dishes requires more creativity than cooking with meat.

If you add chicken, pork, or beef to a dish, you have built-in flavor.But without them, you have to reach for more creative ideas to b

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