Chinese Five Vegetable Stew

February 18, 2021
This ultimate hearty vegetable stew is a delicious way to get your greens in for the whole day. Lightly spiced, warm, and filling, you'll love this healthier take on comfort food. Inspired by Shanghai hot sauce noodles, this Chinese five vegetable stew is what I make when I'm busy and trying to stay healthy—it is full of fiber and vitamins. The doubanjiang sauce is an essential ingredient, and you can find this at your local Chinese grocer.

With this recipe, it's super easy to adjust servings and freeze for future meals. A huge lifesaver when you're short on time or feeling hungry. Simply thaw the vegetable stew in the refrigerator for a couple of days, then reheat on the stove for 10 minutes. Or you can microwave on the defrost setting for 8–10 minutes. Enjoy!
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Chinese Five Vegetable Stew

utensils YIELDS 4–6 servings
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  • 1 Large onion
  • 1 bunch Garlic stems, diced
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 Large zucchinis, sliced into coins
  • 1 bunch Kale leaves, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup Green beans
  • 2 cups Mushroom
  • 1 cup Corn
  • 1/4 cup Doubanjiang (fermented chili bean paste)
  • 3 tbsp Five Spice powder
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
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1. In a large wok or saucepan, fry the onion and garlic stems in the olive oil over medium heat. If you can’t find garlic stems you can use 3–5 cloves of minced garlic instead.

2. When the onion is translucent, add the zucchini, green beans, mushroom, and kale. Fry for 2–3 minutes.

3. Add 4 cups of water. Bring this to a boil and add the corn.

4. Now stir in the doubanjiang and five spice powder. Add 2 more cups of water.

5. Simmer for 15–20 more minutes. Season with salt to taste. Your five veggie stew is complete. Serve hot with noodles or rice if you like. Enjoy!

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Debbie was born in Malaysia and grew up in New Zealand. She loves writing, musicals, and living a plant based life. A digital marketer by day, she is also passionate about visual storytelling. She hopes to show that living a more sustainable and compassionate lifestyle can be simple and fun! Debbie has volunteered for social and environmental causes over the years, and interviewed Dr Jane Goodall on her 2018 world tour. Visit her Instagram @debbietan96 for snaps of delicious food and plants, and YouTube for music.


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