Buddha's Delight | Luohan Zhai 羅漢齋
By Ellen L. Published: 2012-03-13As with all other aspects of life, for the Chinese even religiosity is tied to their love of food. This delectable dish is the Buddha's Delight or Luohan Zhai, Nowadays, the Buddha's Delight is a popular festival dish for ordinary folk as well, to particularly be served on the first day of the Chinese New Year. For the Chinese, this eating of vegetarian dishes at the very beginning of the new year becomes their act of piety and cleansing. No church going, no confessions: just the supreme sacrifice of eating vegetarian fare (delicious vegetarian fare, I might add). For us, however, it was mostly something special and easy yet spectacular to cook up for a simple Chinese New Year celebration at home. famous vegetarian fare that traditionally was eaten by Buddhist monks (who, as you know, are forbidden to eat meat).