Japanese cuisine inspired vegan recipes: a guest post by Rhian’s Recipes
Rhian creates Japanese cuisine inspired vegan recipes. Read about her passion below.
Hi! I’m Rhian and I write a food blog at rhiansrecipes.com. I focus on easy vegan and gluten-free recipes with lots of Japanese inspiration.
I’m half-Japanese and half-British and live near London, in the UK. In my early twenties, I recently graduated from the University of Cambridge where I studied languages.
I’m very passionate about developing and sharing plant-based recipes because I really want to make this way of eating as easy and delicious for everyone as possible. There are so many health and environmental advantages to incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet. I’d love to encourage people to at least give it a try!
Nearly all of my recipes are inspired by Japanese cuisine, which I’ve learned from my Japanese mother. I love how Japanese cuisine offers different and interesting vegan food alternatives that lots of people wouldn’t know about.
Japanese Cuisine Inspired Vegan Recipes
One example of this is Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheese, which I made using mochi.
Mochi is Japanese sticky rice cakes, which are made from pounding rice until it becomes very sticky. It is sold in many different forms, one of them being in small, hard blocks. When these blocks of mochi are melted, they become incredibly stretchy and gooey, kind of like cheese.
Using mochi allowed me to create a delicious dairy-free “cheese” that relies solely on naturally-occurring ingredients.
Inspired by the burgers sold at Japanese fast-food chains, I created a beautifully moist and tender tofu-based burger with a homemade, salty-sweet, umami-rich sauce. All of the ingredients I use in this burger are delicious foods in their own right, with flavours that I hope anyone can enjoy , regardless of dietary requirements or food intolerances.
These little sushi cups are very easy to make and highly customizable – I filled them with avocado, edamame paste, carrots, and peppers, but you can use whatever you fancy. They’re great for picnics, packed lunches and perfect for entertaining!
Obviously, it would be mean not to give you something sweet to finish! The vast majority of my dessert recipes I make refined sugar-free. I have a massive sweet tooth and I’m always craving sugary things, so I try my best to make relatively healthy, naturally sweetened sweet treats.
One of my favourites are these Salted Caramel Adzuki Bean Brownies, which are sweetened with dates.
Adzuki beans (or red beans) we use in a lot of traditional Japanese desserts, and so I knew they’d be perfect for brownies. These brownies are delicious not in spite of the adzuki beans but because of the adzuki beans, which give them such a fudgy and gooey texture. You can use black beans instead if you can’t get hold of adzuki beans.