This recipe is courtesy of Shirley Fong-Torres.
Watch Lidia Bastianich visit Shirley in San Francisco. Together they celebrate Chinese New Year, as part of Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables & Traditions.
Lo han jai, also known as Buddhist vegetarian stew, is traditionally served on the first day of the lunar Chinese New Year, to cleanse the body. The traditional version calls for dried oysters, gingko nuts, dried mushrooms, and dried fungus, while this version uses more fresh ingredients.