Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Wesak day is celebrated by Buddhists everywhere, as it is tradition to eat vegetarian, here is a recipe that is commonly used in Malaysia for this holiday. 

Wesak day is the biggest Buddhist celebration of the year. In Malaysia it is a national holiday and Buddhists gather at dawn to meditate and offerings of flowers, candles are made to the temples. This holiday is celebrated differently in each country, to see first hand how the Malaysians do it, book a Johor Bahru hotel or take a trip to Kuala Lumpur.

A focus of Wesak day is to make an effort to bring happiness to others by lending a hand, donating money, clothes or cleaning your local temple. Often food is offered to the monks and the less fortunate as a way to bring joy to others. Being a day where the Buddhists 8 precepts are observed with most sincerity, people in Malaysia eat vegetarian for the day. So the food offered whether it's for donation or celebration of Wesak is vegetarian as well. Here is a common and popular recipe used on Wesak day:

Vegetarian Fried Meehoon


400 g Meehoon (rice vermicelli)

200 g bean sprouts, rinsed and drained

20 dried or fresh shitake mushrooms (if dried, soak in warm water until soft, remove stems and slice)

1 cup tofu sliced

200 g round cabbage, sliced thinly

100 g french beans, sliced into ½ inch

150 g grated carrots

2½ tablespoons light soy sauce

1tbsp chopped garlic

600 ml vegetable stock

1½ teaspoons salt

Pepper to taste

Vegetable oil for frying


1. Soak vermicelli in water until soft, then drain

2. Heat oil in wok and lightly fry the tofu until slightly brown then remove and put aside for later

3. Heat oil in wok over high heat and add garlic, shredded mushrooms and carrots and stir-fry until fragrant.

4. Add sliced cabbage, french beans, bean sprouts, soy sauce and vegetable stock. Stir evenly then braise over low heat for 5 minutes.

5. Add vermicelli and tofu. Cook until water is absorbed.

6. Season with salt and pepper. Stir continuously to coat all the noodles and incorporate all the vegetables.

7. Use tong or a large pair of chopsticks to toss the vermicelli, so as not to risk breaking it up and making it mush.

8. Serve while hot

Try it at Wesak Day this year!

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