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8 Naturally Vegan Meals to Enjoy During CNY (Chinese New Year)

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8 Naturally Vegan Meals to Enjoy During CNY (Chinese New Year)

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As the Chinese New Year is approaching, everyone is looking forward to this delicious food-filled family reunion celebration season. While many of the popular Chinese dishes usually enjoyed during Chinese New Year contain meat and egg products, several traditional dishes have stood the test of time and are still entirely plant-based.

For vegans who want a taste of meat this season without breaking their eating habit, they can indulge in some plant-based meat available in stores across Malaysia.

Here are eight Chinese New Year dishes you can enjoy that are naturally vegan. 

1. Ring Rolls

A must-have for Chinese New Year is ring rolls. The Everbest Ring Rolls that are made of specially selected non-GMO soybean imported from Canada. They are crispy on both the outside and inside. Best served with different hotpot soup bases like mala soup, tom yam soup, tomato soup and more, this golden perfection is a must-have hotpot ingredient for Chinese New Year.

Bean curd ring rolls for vegan steamboat during chinese new year

2. Turnip Cake (Lo Bak Go)

The season for the spring festival is full of cakes! While this iconic dish has become a favourite dim sum staple enjoyed year-round, people reserve the dish for the Lunar New Year. We love this vegan-friendly Lo Bak Go recipe that uses grated turnips, rice flour, diced mushrooms and vegetable and can be enjoyed either steamed or pan-fried until it turns golden brown. 

3. Chinese Seaweed Salad

The Chinese Seaweed Salad is not only refreshing. It is healthy – packed with several nutritious ingredients, and a perfect addition to your Chinese New Year meal. You’ll certainly want to pile up your plate with a second serving when made with the homemade Chinese-style spicy dressing.

4. Colourful Tofu Mushroom and Scallion Dumplings

Dumplings are a part of the celebration of China’s New Year. It might be a little labour intensive to make these Colorful Tofu Mushroom and Scallion Dumplings, but they look pretty on a dinner table. These dumplings are coloured with turmeric, spirulina, cabbage, and beet powder and have a mushroom, tofu, and scallion filling. They are delicious and fun to eat.

5. You Po Mian: 10-Minute Chinese Hot Oil Noodles

Long noodles represent long life during the Chinese New Year. This hearty and spicy You Po Mian is full of Chinese cuisine’s authentic flavours. It’s unlike anything you’ll get in Chinese take-out. The traditional version of this recipe uses wheat noodles, but it becomes lighter and gluten-free using rice noodles.

6. Lo Han Jai: Buddha's Delight

This Buddha’s Delight provides a special treat, whether you’re looking for a festive Lunar New Year dish to celebrate or a zen meal to revitalize! It’s also a vegetarian classic usually served on the first day of the New Year that appears in many Chinese restaurants.  


The Buddha’s Delight deserves of the title “king of stir fry” with its rich mix of fresh ingredients and a range of delicate ingredients, such as fat choy (black moss), lily flowers and Everbest Mix Soy Knot Wrap for good luck and prosperity.

everbest mix soy knot during Chinese New Year

7. Ang Ku Kueh

In a sticky dough made of glutinous rice flour, these little snacks commonly contain peanut, red bean and mung bean fillings. Roasting, boiling and steaming are the different preparation processes – healthier than deep-fried treats. Bear in mind their sugar content and enjoy them in small quantities.

8. Sichuan Stir-fried Potatoes

The idea of stir-fried potatoes was new until we began consuming more Sichuan cuisine. One of our all-time favourite traditional Chinese vegan dishes is potatoes cut into thin matchsticks. The tastes of salty, numbing Sichuan peppercorns, dried chillies, and garlic readily soak up the potatoes. Keep the potato skins on to gain an added nutritional boost!

In a Nutshell

If you would like to have a healthy Chinese New Year, keep away from calorific meals. Mandarin oranges are a nice addition to your meals (abundant this festive season). You should snack on seeds and nuts as well, which are not only delicious but also nutritious. For more choices on vegan meals, including plant-based meat, visit Everbest, a leading integrated soybean products manufacturing company and exporter in Malaysia.

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Quick and Easy Spicy Bean Curd Knots

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Quick and Easy Spicy Bean Curd Knots

Spicy Bean Curd Knots

When you boil soy milk for a few minutes, bean curd skin, also known as yuba, will develop on the surface. It is then separated and dried from the soy milk.

Bean curd skin can be found in different forms like boards, strips, or even knots in most Malaysian supermarkets (where they shelve vegetarian or soybean products) in dry or frozen portions.

The dried bean curd knots are a popular Chinese cuisine and can be used as a gluten-free, vegetarian option with great texture. The dried bean curd knots made from soybeans need to be rehydrated before it’s cooked.

They need to be soaked in hot water for at least 5 minutes to get them softer. These knots absorb the flavours of everything they are cooked in, just like tofu, so you need to add a few to flavoured broths and red-braised dishes to get the best taste out of this delicious dish.

 

How to Get Started

Start by boiling the knots of dried bean curd for about 10 minutes, or until they have a pasta-like texture. Then drain the liquid. On the side, you can prepare the chilli oil consisting of red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, ginger, sesame seeds and garlic (optional) — fry until it turns golden brown.

The bean curd knots are sautéed for a few minutes in the chilli oil until slightly golden so that they can soak up the flavours. Finally, add salt and umami soy sauce, maple syrup for a delicate sweetness, and a drizzle of lime juice for flavour.

Sprinkle with green chopped onions and serve on the side with your favourite greens! Some people choose to go with Pak Choy. Other good alternatives include kale, spinach, or even broccoli.

Watch out! These bean curd knots are not only easy to make but are also spicy and flavorful.

In a Nutshell

Most of the benefits of the spicy bean curd knots come from its favourable nutritional profile, high flexibility, and inclusion in various diets, including those that adopt or require low-carb, grain-free, gluten-free, milk-free alternatives.

In short, it’s perfect for those that follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle (the use of onions and garlic is optional and based on personal preferences). The good news is, this amazing vegetarian or soybean product can be easily obtained from the supermarket in Malaysia.

Spicy Bean Curd Knots

Spicy Bean Curd Knots

The dried bean curd knots are a popular Chinese cuisine and can be used as a gluten-free, vegetarian option with great texture.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese

Ingredients
  

  • 155 g dried bean curd knots
  • 3 tbsp neutral oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced (optional)
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Boil a large pot of water. After it has cooked, add the knots of dried bean curd and let it simmer for 20 minutes or until tender. Remove the knots from the heat and drain. To extract excess water, press them gently with a spatula. Cover and set aside.
  • Set stove to medium heat. Then heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds and garlic (optional) once it is warmed. Fry for 2-3 minutes or until the sesame seeds turn golden brown.
  • Add the knots of bean curd to the skillet and sauté for 2-3 minutes while stirring to avoid sticking.
  • Allow the soy sauce, lime juice, and maple syrup, deglaze the pan, and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and top with green onions or chopped cilantro.
  • Serve the knots of spicy bean curd on the side with sautéed greens such as Pak Choy, spinach, kale, etc.

Notes

Tip: Bean curd knots can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, and they can also be eaten cold.
When serving this dish, you can use Pak Choy, kale, chopped cilantro, or green onions.
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8 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight Without Exercising

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8 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight Without Exercising

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Many people have tried but failed to lose weight, even after spending a lot of money on weight loss products, diets, and programs. Going by way of a conventional diet and exercise plan can be quite tasking, making most people lose their enthusiasm and fall back to their unhealthy lifestyle, resulting in more weight gain. 

Thankfully, there are ways to help us eat fewer calories, thereby reducing our weight and even preventing future weight gain without the need for exercising. Here are eight great ways to lose weight without exercising.

1. Chew Your Food Thoroughly and Eat Slowly

When you take time to chew your food thoroughly, you eat more slowly, which leads to decreased food intake and increased fullness. Eating slowly can make you feel more full with fewer calories since your brain needs time to process that you’ve had enough to eat.

Eating your food slowly is an easy way to lose weight and prevent weight gain.

2. Use Small Plates For Unhealthy Foods

Most food plates are now larger than they used to be, and this trend has significantly contributed to the weight gain.

Eating with smaller plates may help you eat less by making portions look bigger. Bigger plates make the portion look small, making you want to add more food.

This simple psychology can be used to your advantage by serving healthy foods on bigger plates and less healthy ones on smaller plates.

3. Substitute Meat With Plant-based Meat

Most people now believe that plant-based meats are tasty as real meat and are even better for the environment. Plant-based meat is believed to help with weight loss because of its satisfying effect.

Plant-based meat helps you feel more satisfied after a meal and stay fuller for a longer time.

Therefore, consuming more plant-based meats, which are low in calories, will keep you fuller for more extended periods without needing to eat some calorie-packed foods.

The best plant-based meats in Malaysia can be shopped at Everbest. Some of them include veg. spiced duck, chai gor, veg. yuba fish, veg. drumsticks, etc.

4. Drink More Water

Drinking water helps you eat less and lose weight, especially when you drink before a meal. Several studies had shown that adults who drink half a litre of water about 30 minutes before meals reduced hunger and calorie intake.

The participants of this study who drank water before a meal lost more weight over 12 weeks than people who did not. Replacing calorie-loaded drinks like soda or juice with water can even have a greater effect on losing weight.

5. Get a Healthy Amount of Sleep Regularly

Without enough sleep, your body increases levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin and reduces the satiety hormone leptin, resulting in unignorable hunger pangs.

Studies have shown that a sleep-deprived person will crave more unhealthy, high-calorie, and high-fat foods, which means that you won’t just be eating more, but you will also be feeding on more junk.

6. Keep Your Freezer Stocked With Veggies

After a long day at work and you get home hungry, you have two options: order a high-calorie, greasy food delivery, or thaw the frozen veggies and fill up on some healthy foods.

Having healthy ingredients in your freezer, such as fruits, veggies, and pre-portioned plant-based meat, will reduce your chances of ordering unhealthy delivery foods that will promote weight gain.

7. Eat Eggs in the Morning

Eating eggs for breakfast makes you full and can help you eat fewer calories throughout the day, which will help you lose weight.

One large boiled egg, which is about 50 grams, contains less than one gram of carbs and is an excellent protein source. Eggs are also packed with amino acids, antioxidants, and healthy fats.

8. Practice Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is excellent for weight management. It helps reduce food cravings and improve portion control.

To practice mindful eating, avoid distractions such watch TV, laptop, and reading. Eat at a table, and concentrate more on the taste of the food, and be aware of signs that your stomach is full.

In a Nutshell

So here you go. The eight great tips you can follow to lose weight without exercising. Act today and start making positive changes in your lifestyle.

Remember, you don’t have to lose 10kg in a month. Take one step at a time, stick to your healthy ways, and never give up. Good luck!

 

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The Beginner’s Guide to a Vegetarian Diet

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The Beginner's Guide to a Vegetarian Diet

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People adopt a vegetarian diet due to several reasons. Apart from the ethical and environmental benefits of switching to a vegetarian diet, a well-planned vegan diet can also reduce your risk of chronic disease, promote weight loss, and improve the overall quality of your diet.

As a beginner in vegetarianism, you need some research and meal planning for a wholesome vegetarian diet that doesn’t put you at risk of nutrient deficiency. You need to ensure that you have all the essential nutrients to avoid falling into any classic vegetarian trap. 

Therefore, starting your vegetarian journey with Everbest is one of the ideal ways to ensure you have all the required nutrients and foods in your body and home.

Vegetarian Traps to Avoid as a Beginner

As a beginner in the world vegetarianism, it’s easy to make a lot of mistakes. So here’s a guide to what to eat and what not to eat.

1. Eat assorted foods and a balanced diet

Newbies tend to fall into the habit of eating the same foods every day. Avoid this habit. Eat assorted foods to ensure that you get all the vital nutrients.

2. Don't depend on carbs

Avoid having so much of carbs like bread and pasta. They are a good source of starchy carbohydrates, but they can quickly get you filled before getting all the other nutrients your body needs.

3. Limit your cheese intake

Although cheese is an excellent source of protein and calcium, it is also high in saturated fat. Avoid taking so much cheese. Choose vegetarian cheese like those made from milk with vegetarian rennet.

4. Don't eat so much fast food

Fast foods such as crisps, chips, and vegetarian pizza are ideal for vegans, but they are usually high in fat. Therefore, eating such foods in large quantities won’t be good for your waistline.

Most beginners think that it’s hard to make the switch to become a vegetarian. But it’s easier than you may think. Focusing on how difficult being a vegetarian is might make the process difficult for you, but when you focus on ways you can incorporate more plant-based diets (for example, plant-based meat) into your meal plan, then the process will be seamless and more fun. 

Focus your thoughts on the new foods you will discover today or next week rather than what you should avoid. As you progress in your journey, you won’t have to worry about it so much, it will become second nature, and you will establish ways to be consistent in eating the right foods. 

This is where we come in. Everbest makes it easier for beginners to have a seamless start into a vegetarian diet. You can get soya beans products, plant-based meat, yuba sheet, and more.

 

Tips for Vegan Diet Beginners

Plan for extra time in meal preparation

New habits require extra effort at the start. As you progress, you get used to it, and the meal planning time will decrease.

 

Keep essentials always available

It can be a challenge to follow your new choice of diet when you don’t have the necessary ingredients available. Ensure that you have foods like eggs, fresh vegetables, soy milk, soya bean products, yuba sheet, vegetarian meat and ring rolls from Everbest Malaysia always available in your home.

 

Be determined and remember why started

Why did you decide to go vegan? Ensure that the reason is solid on your mind—write it down if you may—so that if you begin to have any doubts, you can always refer to it.

 

Most of the time, we don’t have enough time to prepare meals due to work or other reasons. Everbest products are always available to kick-start a vegetarian beginner’s diet, helping reduce your cook time. For more information, feel free to get in touch with us.

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Vegetarian Lamb Curry

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Vegetarian Lamb Curry

vegetarian lamb curry

The pungent smell of a good curry and its taste on the taste buds will make anyone tingle with excitement. Just because you are vegan or vegetarian, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the rich taste of curries. These days, thanks to modern-day technology, you can try vegetarian lamb made from soy protein or textured vegetable protein (TVP).

In this blog post, you will learn how to make the vegetarian lamb curry. Most of the ingredients you will need can be found in any grocery shop in Malaysia. For plant-based meat or other vegetarian products, you can easily purchase them from Everbest Malaysia. 

vegetarian lamb curry

Vegetarian Lamb Curry

A warm and hearty meal that can be comforting any day of the week.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

  • 250 gm Everbest Veg. Stewed Lamb Chunk
  • 200 gm fresh grounded chilli paste
  • 800 gm coconut milk (optional)
  • 1 tbsp curry leaves
  • 1 big onion (optional)
  • 15 gm ginger
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 big tomato 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 300 ml water
  • 1 Lemongrass
  • 2 Pandan leaves (optional)

Spices

  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp biryani powder
  • 2 pods cardamom
  • 2 pinch cinnamon

Instructions
 

Preparations

  • Cut vegetarian lamb into bite-size pieces.
  • Slice the green chilli pepper into nice rings.
  • Slice the tomato into nice rings (remove the seeds).
  • Chop the curry leaves.
  • Chop the ginger finely. Alternatively, you can also make it into a paste.

Methods

  • Set the wok or pan on the stove to heat.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and allow to heat.
  • Add 2 pinches of cinnamon, 2 pods of cardamom, and 1 dry chilli. Fry until the aroma is all over the place.
  • Add in the pandan leaves and lemongrass. Pandan leaves are optional however, they can add to the taste as well as enhance the aroma of the meal.
  • If you are planning to include onions in your recipe, you can add them now. Make sure they are chopped finely. Allow to fry for about 10 minutes, then add the chopped curry leaves.
  • Add the chopped tomato and allow to fry for extra 2 minutes.
  • Add finely chopped ginger and allow to fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the Veg. stewed lamb chunk and allow to fry for 3 minutes.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of curry powder, 1 teaspoon of coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder, and 1 teaspoon of biryani powder.
  • Add 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of salt.
  • Cover and leave to boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • For a richer, creamier curry add 1/3 cup of coconut milk and cook uncovered for 3 minutes.
  • Taste for seasoning, and add as required.

Notes

Balance is the key when cooking the vegetarian curry lamb. A good curry lamb meal, cooked by the hand of an expert, has all of its elements working in sync, each finding its sweet spot in the flavour palette.
Keyword Vegetarian lamb chunks

Your delicious vegetarian lamb curry is ready! The aroma of curry spices is strong and delicious — one that will linger in your kitchen for the whole day. So don’t wait, have all the ingredients ready and start cooking. Don’t forget to try more vegetarian meat or other vegetarian products from Everbest Malaysia.

Happy cooking! Enjoy your meal!

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Quick and Easy Weekday Recipe: Vegetarian Kung Pao

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Quick and Easy Weekday Recipe: Vegetarian Kung Pao

Vegetarian Kung Pao

The secret to the delicious tasting Vegan Kung Pao is a plant based meat. The plant based meat is a perfect substitute for chicken in the classic Chinese meal because it soaks up the flavours perfectly. Another bonus to this delicious recipe is that it can be prepared and serve in only 30 minutes! 

The Vegetarian Ku Loh Meat is also a great option for vegans who want variety in their meals. It perfectly substitutes for chicken and pork while being rich and savoury. It is salty, sweet, and deliciously spicy. The chilli releases some of its sweet spicinesses into the oil before adding your fresh ginger and red peppers.

Veg. Ku Loh Meat

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The veg. Ku Loh meat is a traditional and famous product of Chinese dishes. Everbest is responsible for producing high-quality mock meat that are made of Non-GMO Soy Bean and can be cooked in various many ways. 

This soya bean product is flavourful, springy, rich in protein and other nutritious ingredients. The veg. Ku Loh meat is a superb plant-based choice for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Vegetarian Kung Pao

Vegetarian Kung Pao

The plant based meat is a perfect substitute for chicken in the classic Chinese meal because it soaks up the flavours perfectly.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for Kung Pao Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Dark Brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ginger (chopped finely)
  • 1 tsp Cornflour
  • 100 ml Vegetable stock
  • 5 tbsp Light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine or Mirin or dry white wine (Optional)
  • 2 tsp Hoisin sauce

Instructions
 

  • Add browns sugar, cornflour, ground ginger, rice wine (or white wine), rice vinegar, Dark & Light Soy Sauce, vegetable stock. Finally, add Hoisin Sauce. Even though most Hoisin sauces are vegan, double-check to ensure it doesn't contain fish sauce.
  • Place the sauce on one side for now and then coat the veg. Ku Loh with cornflour, bicarbonate of soda, and light soy sauce. The coating of the vegan meat helps it brown quickly on the outside and remain juicy inside. It also helps to thicken the sauce when added. Fry using sesame oil for 5 minutes until it is slightly browned. Then remove from pan.
  • Add more oil to the pan, with Chilli (pureed or sliced), fresh ginger, and peppers. Fry on high heat for one minute before adding the Kung Pao sauce. Stir continuously until it boils. Add the veg. Ku Loh back in the pan. Stir for another 3 minutes before you add cashew nuts. Lastly, stir for two minutes.
    Your Vegan Kung Pao dish is ready to serve!

Notes

The chilli gives your vegan kung pao a fantastic spicy punch to get your taste buds tingling, but if you don’t like it spicy use only one chilli (or none!).
Keyword Plant-based meat, Veg. Ku Loh Meat

You can serve your Kung Pao up with basmati rice cooked with star anise to stick with the Asian taste or make some vegan noodles to serve with. You can also add some vegan-friendly spring rolls too! To get your favourite vegetarian products and soya bean products in Malaysia, feel free to browse Everbest extensive selection here

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Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup

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Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup

Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup

The Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup is a vegan version of the popular Tom Yum Thai Soup. Tom Yum Soup is famous across the world because it is not only delicious but promotes good health by boosting the immune system and help to fight off cold and flu viruses.

The original Tom Yum Thai Soup doesn’t have coconut milk added to it. But vegans can add coconut milk as a thickener. With coconut milk added, the soup becomes Tom Kha.

However, most people use Carnation evaporated milk to thicken the soup, which is also an excellent option for vegetarians. Other delicious ingredients vegetarians to add to the soup to provide more texture are ring roll and veg. 5 species ball.

 

What is the Ring Roll? ​

everbest ring roll

The ring roll is a delicious, nutritious, and easy-to-prepare plant-based food made from soybeans.

Ring rolls from Everbest are made with high-quality bean curd skin, passed through a quick fried process, and then hand-wrapped into a roll.

Ring rolls can be eaten with soup-based dishes like the vegetarian Tom Yum Soup to enjoy a pleasant aroma and a crispy texture.

What is Veg. 5 Species Ball?

Veg. 5 Spices Ball

The veg. 5 species ball from Everbest features tender, moist, and light meatballs with a delicious taste.

It is easy to cook and can be eaten with rice. It is also a nice ingredient to add to your vegetarian Tom Yum Soup to give it an interesting texture and taste.

Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup

Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup

A balanced and refreshing mix of sweet, sour and spicy will tantalise your tastebuds.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Thai

Ingredients
  

  • 5-6 cups vegetable stock (or good-quality vegetarian chicken stock)
  • 1-2 stalks stalks of lemongrass (minced, or 3 to 4 tablespoons of already prepared frozen lemongrass)
  • 3 leafs whole makrut lime leaves (can be bought fresh or frozen at vegetarian product stores in Malaysia)
  • 1 Red chillies (sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed chilli, or 1 to 2 teaspoons chilli sauce)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 inch galangal (or ginger, sliced into thin matchsticks)
  • 1 cup fresh, sliced mushrooms (such as shiitake)
  • 2 cups Baby bok choy (leaves separated or chopped if large, or substitute broccoli or bell pepper)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 can coconut milk (good-quality)(Optional)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp soy sauce (for gluten-free diets, use a wheat-free product)
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1-2 cups Soft tofu (sliced into cubes)
  • 1/2 cups fresh basil (roughly chopped)
  • 1/3 cups fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves (roughly chopped)
  • 1 pkt Ring rolls from Everbest
  • 1 pkt Veg. 5 species ball from Everbest (depending on the size of serving)

Instructions
 

How to Cook Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup?

  • Make sure you have all the ingredients available. Cut the lemongrass, lime leaves, chilli, garlic, and galangal or ginger into small pieces.
    If it’s more convenient, blend them all together in a food processor and make a fragrant paste out of them.
  • Pour the stock into your soup pot. Add prepared lemongrass, the lime leaves, chilli, garlic, and galangal or ginger.
    Boil, the mixture for 5 minutes, or until broth is very fragrant.
  • Add mushrooms and reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, or until mushrooms are soft.
  • Next add the veg. 5 species ball, bok choy, and cherry tomatoes. Gently simmer 1 to 2 more minutes (bok choy should remain on the crisp side).
  • Reduce heat to low and add coconut milk or Carnation evaporated milk, sugar, soy sauce, and lime juice.
    Add the soft tofu and stir gently. Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  • To serve, ladle soup into bowls with fresh basil and coriander sprinkled over.
  • Before serving, add the ring rolls in the soup.

Notes

You can find all these vegetarian products in stores and markets in Malaysia.
Keyword Tom Yum Soup, Veg. 5 spices ball

The Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup can be a delicious appetizer or nutritionally complete meal eaten for lunch or dinner.

Try it and you’ll love it! Feel free to check out more vegetarian meat, ring roll and soya bean products in Malaysia on our website.

For more information, get in touch with usHappy eating!

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How Can a Plant-based Diet Help The Environment?

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How Can a Plant-based Diet Help The Environment?

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The challenges we’re faced with today — with regard to the environment — are vast and diverse.

These challenges range from the destruction of animal and plant habitats through deforestation to the predictions of leading environmental experts about global warming.

If you are just like us, health-conscious and environment-conscious, the predictions can be terrifying. Thankfully, there are actionable ways we can protect our environment and the earth at large.

One way we can help save and protect the environment is by eating more plant-based diets such as soybeans products, vegetarian products, and plant-based meat.

Ways that Plant-based Diets Can Help the Environment

1. Reduce Carbon Footprint

Animal agriculture has contributed significantly to global warming. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, livestock production is responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. 

The manure produced by livestock is responsible for 37% of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Also, manure and its management in factory farms produce large amounts of methane — a gas that warms the earth 20 times faster than carbon dioxide.

2. Conserve Water

Agriculture takes up about 70% of freshwater use. It makes the agricultural sector the largest water-consuming industry in the world. In this statistic, meat and dairy products are at the forefront of large water consumption. 

According to the Water Footprint Network, it takes 2,000 gallons of water to produce just one gallon of milk. Which is why plant based products such as soy beans, oats, almonds and cashews are recommended substitutes to dairy products.

3. Reduce or Eliminate Dead Zones

The leading cause of pollution and ocean dead zones is animal agriculture. The wastes from factory farms are usually kept in giant lagoons and applied to crops as fertilizer — untreated. 

The thousands of toxins contained in such large amounts of manure cannot all be absorbed by the soil. The unabsorbed toxins find their way into groundwater and then into rivers and oceans, where they end up destroying marine ecosystems due to oxygen depletion.

4. Provide Cleaner Air

All those tons of manure that results in dead zones are also responsible for producing ammonia, which is the most potent form of nitrogen, that kills fish, encourages algae growth, and contributes to smog. 

Furthermore, the air surrounding factory farms usually contains high levels of hydrogen sulfide, particulate matter, endotoxins, carbon dioxide, and methane.

5. Reduce Climate Change Impact

Food production contributes up to 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions, with animal products contributing up to three-quarters of these effects. 

Future projections show that vegetarian diets were associated with the most considerable reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions. Another research  also found that consuming more beans instead of animal product such as beef could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

6. Alleviates Hunger

There are several reports that more than 800 million people across the world lack adequate food. The reason is directly related to the fact that almost two-thirds of all soybeans, maize, barley, and a third of all grains are used to produce animal foods.

The fight to protect our environment is fought on our plates daily, with the food choice we make. By eating more plant-based diets, you can reduce your carbon footprint, eliminate dead zones, breathe cleaner air, and ensure that essential crops are available to feed people instead of livestock. 

With the abundance of plant-based meat, soybeans, and vegetarian products in Malaysia, it is now easy to eat with the consciousness of helping the environment. For more information, feel free to get in touch with us.

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Benefits of Including Soy-based Protein in Your Diet

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Benefits of Including Soy-based Protein in Your Diet

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There is a misconception that vegetarians and vegans often have an inadequate amount of protein because of the diets they follow. This is not true as soy-based products are able to fill in the gap and offer vegetarians and vegans a source of complete proteins. This is the main reason why soya food products form such an integral part of a vegan and vegetarian diet.

However, food products made from soybeans are not just for vegans! A meat-eater too can gain from the benefits of these amazing soya-based products without compromising on taste.

Soybean Products Nutritional Information

Malaysia vegetarian food manufacturers, such as Everbest often include soy-based products, which are full of nutrients as listed below:

Benefits of Eating Soy-based Products

1. Increase Your Protein Consumption

Eating soybean-based products is the perfect way to increase your protein consumption. Studies have shown that when you eat more plant protein in your diet, as opposed to more carbohydrate, it has more benefits, including:

  • Reduces appetite and hunger levels
  • Increases muscle mass and strength
  • Good for your bones
  • Boosts metabolism and increase fat burning
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Reduces craving and desire for late-night snacking
  • Helps maintain weight loss

Here are some of the best meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans.

a) Tofu (20 grams of protein)

Tofu is condensed soy milk that manufacturers press into blocks of varying firmness, similar to how dairy milk becomes cheese. It is a good source of protein, calcium, iron and amino acids.

Tofu (also known as bean curd) is very popular in Malaysia, Japan and China.


b) Tempeh (33.7 grams of protein)
Tempeh is a soy meat product that has a few differences from tofu. The main difference is that tempeh is made from the whole soybean, not soy milk, and they use a fermentation process. It has a drier texture, and some of them may contain a mixture of other beans or grains.

Tempeh can be a great barbeque meat substitute or it can be sautéd or stir-fried (to be added to salads or sandwiches).


c) Edamame (18.5 grams of protein)

Edamame beans are whole, immature soybeans sometimes referred to as vegetable-type soybeans. It is high in protein as 155 grams of cooked edamame provides around 18.5 grams of protein. It provides all the essential amino acids your body needs. It can lower cholesterol and it doesn’t raise blood sugar.

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2. Great Way To Boost Your Fibre Intake
Eating soy-based products is the perfect way to boost your fibre intake. Eating a diet rich in fibre has many benefits like:
  • Promotes a healthy gastrointestinal system
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease
Including fibre-rich soya bean foods like edamame, soy nuts and tempeh in your diet will help you boost your daily dietary fibre.
3. Help Weight Loss
Including soy-based products in your daily diet can help you lose weight without limiting calories and nutrients. Studies show that soy-based high-protein diets are as effective for weight loss as animal-based high-protein diets.

Keep in mind that people who follow soy-protein-based diet can lose an average of 2 kilograms more than those following a standard diet.
4. Soy-based Products Are A Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals
Soy foods are a great source of B-vitamins, Iron, Zinc, Omega-3 fats, Calcium and Vitamin D.
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The Bottom Line
So, as you can see, including soy-based products in your diet has amazing benefits. No matter if you are a vegetarian or a meat lover, including soya beans products in your diet makes a lot of sense. And they taste delicious too!

Check out our vegetarian meat and soy-based products and add them to your diet, you will not regret it!
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Fresh Soy Sticks: The King of Multiple Serving Method Ingredients

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Fresh Soy Sticks: The King of Multiple Serving Method Ingredients

Fresh Soy Stick
Vegetarian food suppliers in Malaysia offer soy-based products that are great for your health. This is because eating food products made from soybeans can help lower your bad cholesterol, plus they are a good source of protein, fiber and omega-3.

Soy is a cholesterol-free food that is low in saturated fat. The good news is soya bean products are versatile and can be added to your daily diet easily.

All you have to do is go to a Malaysia vegetarian food manufacturer to find all the delicious soy food products that are available.

In fact, one can easily benefit from soy products by just making a few changes to his/her daily food intake.

Fresh Soy Stick

Fresh Soy Sticks, also known as bean curd sticks is a food made from soybeans. It comes in several varieties and is used in many ways in Malaysia cuisine.

Bean curd sticks or Soy Sticks are made from the skin that forms on the surface of boiled soy milk.

In a traditional way, to cook soy sticks, you must rehydrate first. Next, soak them in cold water and leave them there for at least eight hours or overnight. Once you finished rehydrating, you must drain the water and cut into the size you like.
Fresh Soy Stick
However, with Everbest Fresh Soy Sticks, no soaking is required. In other words, once unpacked, you can cook them right way, save time, save hassle!

Soy sticks have a meaty texture. In Malaysia, many vegetarian restaurants use bean curd sticks as a substitution of meat. Besides, they are healthy and an excellent source of protein.

There are many ways you can enjoy soy sticks, that’s why they are known as the king of multiple serving method ingredients.
For example, you can use fresh soy sticks knotted and placed in stews. The best thing is that the fresh soy stick knots look cute and they absorb all the broth.

To store soy sticks, just place them in a cool place indefinitely.

Soy sticks are not only delicious but healthy. Here are two of the many recipes you can make use of soy sticks.

Fresh Soy Sticks Broiled with Soy Sauce, Ginger and Honey

fresh soy sticks broiled with soy sauce ginger and honey
Ingredients
Step by Step Cooking
1. Combine soy sauce, honey, pepper, ginger, and pepper flakes in a medium bowl and set aside.

2. Unpack Everbest fresh soy sticks. You can rinse for a little while before cutting them into 2-inch segments. Place them on a baking sheet or skillet lined with foil. Brush the glaze onto the fresh soy sticks. Place them under the broiler, and cook until the tops are a little crispy, which should take around 3 to 5 minutes. Check when it’s almost ready to prevent scorching. Serve immediately.

Fresh Soy Sticks Stir-fried With Chinese Chives Recipe

fresh soy sticks stir fried with chinese chives
Ingredients
Step by Step Cooking
1. Cut the chives into 1-inch segments and discard the tough tips. Alternatively, you can set aside the tough tips to use in stock.

2. Heat oil in wok over high heat and bring to simmer. Add chives and stir-fry until tender, which should take about 1 minute. Remove the chives from the wok.

3. Unpack Everbest fresh soy sticks. You may directly add in without rinsing. Season with soy sauce and stir-fry for a minute longer, or until the sticks have absorbed all the liquid in the wok. Add the chives back to the wok and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt. Serve immediately. Drizzle with chili oil or sesame oil to give an extra punch.

In a Nutshell

​As you can see, bean curd sticks/soy sticks are the perfect way to add soy food products to your daily diet. They are not only delicious but an excellent source of protein.

Soya Bean suppliers in Malaysia like Everbest offer a wide variety of soy-based products, such as tofu, bean curd skin, ring roll, bean curd sheet, bean curd roll, fucuk, frozen vegetarian food and tofu skin.

Gentle reminder: make sure the soy food products you buy are made from non-GMO soybeans for high nutritional value.