Lo Han Jai: Living Light and Right

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Have you ever heard of Buddha’s Delight? It’s not a state of mind although it might be a nice side effect to have, it is a delicious vegetarian dish called Lo Han Jai. It has originate from China and Hong Kong, where it’s closely linked to Buddhist practices. Yet, it also is a Chinese cuisine.

Lo Han Jai was traditionally given in the Chinese-Buddhist monasteries, which the dish is made of various plants, vegetables, and flavored with soy sauce. Similar to vegetarian stir-fries, this dish is a culinary representation of Buddhist vegetarianism, which reflects the purification and spiritual discipline.

This dish blossomed beyond the monastery walls into being a part of celebrations. It is also enjoyed during Chinese New Year. Today, it has been a crowd-pleaser. In Malaysia, particularly among the Chinese Malaysian community, Lo Han Jai holds an important place on the tables of family reunions and cultural events.

Although this dish has originated through a religious context, it has become a great option of food, which you can simply either be a vegetarian or not, yet you will enjoy this flavorful and healthy dish.

Lo Han Jai is more than just a dish, it’s a journey through tradition, culture and flavors’ that has been kept going for years. You can find it at vegetarian restaurants and community gatherings. So, if you are looking for something that’s satisfying, filling, and healthy, look no more than this Buddha approved dish!

Article curated by Shelina Winthya