Mu Shu vegetables, vegan but your friends will never know!

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Author Notes: Awww, Chinese food! I probably ate more Americanized Chinese as a kid then at home, so for me Chinese take-out or eat in is total comfort food. My mom worked at a restaurant called “China Nite” in my hometown, and even though it had been decades since she worked there, we would eat there often. It has since been knocked down, and the giant Hoi Toi statue is sitting in a junk pile somewhere. After “Nite” closed, we started to venture out to other local options, one being “Golden Dynasty”, in high school my bestie Holly and myself would go there for hot and sour soup and Mu shu pork. Mu shu is my favorite order and I have had it many places, a great veggie option as it is full of flavor and super easy to recreate at home. So I am going to share my no fail, easy, plant based version of this comfort classic.Alexandra V. Jones

Serves 4-6

  • 6 flour tortillas, or rice flour wrappers (Asian market), I used the Tortilla land brand that you cook at home. Use whatever you like, you can also healthify even more with whole grain varieties.
  • 1 small head of cabbage, shredded or if you need to be super duper fast use a good quality bagged “coleslaw” variety, it will work fine.
  • 1 carrot, shredded (if you are using bagged slaw you can omit this)
  • 5 green onions, white parts cut lengthwise, green parts sliced.
  • 8 shitake mushrooms, stems removed, tops sliced.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar, I used red wine, but rice wine is optimal, use what you have, but not balsamic.
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons plus a bit extra for the wrappers, Hoisin sauce.
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil.
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame seeds for garnish.
  • Asian Micro greens for garnish, totally optional.
  • 1 block firm tofu, drained, sliced, I baked ours (Pre-heat oven to 375, slice your tofu into four slices, rub hoisin and bragg’s on to each piece, place on a parchment lined sheet pan, bake 30 minutes, or stir fry it with garlic and ginger)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil of choice, I used canola.
  1. In a large skillet or wok over high heat oil till shimmering, add ginger and garlic, add white parts of green onions, add mushrooms, cook a few minutes till mushrooms brown a bit.
  2. Add sesame oil, cabbage, carrots, cook a few minutes, add vinegar and soy, stir, add tofu and 2 T of hoisin sauce, combine, add green parts of onions, test for seasoning adjust with salt and pepper if needed.
  3. Remove from heat. Warm your wrappers of choice, divide filling evenly into wrappers and top with a bit of sesame seeds and hoisin. Rock and roll em’ up…gobble em’ up! You won’t ever need to order take-out again! These are fast, easy, and full of veggies and flavor!
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3 months ago BABblingBeth

Very tasty and easy! I didn't do the tofu. Instead served as a side dish with Chinese Style Honey Hoisin Sticky Ribs. Also added some fiddlehead ferns, could get creative with additional veggies. Thanks for the tip about using a bagged slaw mix to make life easier: I used Wegmans Asian Slaw, which was perfect.


3 months ago Alexandra V. Jones

Thanks for giving it a go! Sooo glad it was successful! You can always sub whatever fresh veg you and have I used some chard the other day and it was great....egg can be used instead of tofu, that is the traditional route. Happy cooking!


over 1 year ago sil entre jardins

Never heard of Mu Shu, but this recipe sure seems tasty!


over 1 year ago loubaby

I love MuShu Pork, so I am definitely going to try these..thanks so much for sharing


over 1 year ago Alexandra V. Jones

My pleasure! Hope you enjoy it!


over 1 year ago Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

Alexandra, these sound delicious. Can you add more details to the recipe about how you bake the tofu? (Temperature and length of time?) Thanks!


over 1 year ago Alexandra V. Jones

Sure! Pre-heat oven to 375, slice your tofu into four slices, I like to dunk each piece in bragg’s liquid aminos to jazz up the flavor, place on a parchment lined sheet pan, bake 30 minutes.