Top 5 Dishes To Celebrate A Vegetarian Chinese New Year

The lunar cycle-based holiday Chinese New Year varies each year, and in 2018 (the year of the dog), it begins on Feb. 15. Unlike Western New Year celebrations, Chinese New Year festivities last for around two weeks. People often give red envelopes of money to friends and family during this period. And some like to offer food and drink to their ancestors. Feasting is central to the festivities, and many celebrants eat traditional foods and make dishes like dumplings to enjoy.

However, if you are a vegetarian, you may wonder what you can eat during these festivities. That’s why we’ve put together our top 5 vegetarian Chinese New Year dishes to help you celebrate deliciously.


5.) Vegetable Manchow Soup

Watch this video on how to make vegetarian manchow soup, a warm, comforting and healthy dish. This easy-to-follow recipe makes a great starter for your vegetarian Chinese New Year celebration.


  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1½ tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp. chopped ginger
  • ½ tbsp. green chile chopped
  • 1/3 cup heap each of cabbage, carrot, capsicum, cauliflower, beans and mushrooms (all finely chopped)
  • 2½ tsp.
  • ¼ tsp Chinese salt (optional)
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn flour mixed with 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup spring onion leaves and tops
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar


  • Heat oil in a wok
  • Add garlic, ginger and fry a little
  • Add green chilies and vegetables
  • Mix well
  • Add salt and fry for a minute
  • Add vegetable stock, sugar and soya sauce
  • Mix
  • When it boils, add corn flour slurry
  • Boil for a minute
  • Add spring onion tops and leaves
  • Serve hot with fried noodles