Ching Po Leung - Best Soup for Vegetarians & Vegans
Just like other Cantonese herbal soup, Ching Po Leung is usually cooked with pork bones or chicken for stock. That being said, the inclusion of Job's Tears (Yi Mi), Chinese Yam Rhizome (Shan Yao) and Lotus Seed adds to the rich creamy stock without meaty ingredients, which has made it a perfect alternative for vegetarian and vegan soup lovers.
For those meat substitutes working well for this recipe, beans (e.g. soybeans, fresh green beans) and mushrooms (fresh is preferable than dried) are you go-to choices, as they contain plant-based protein as well as have a meaty texture. If you prefer many-veggie types of soups, sweet corns, carrots and zucchini are also highly recommended --- on top of the umami flavour, they also serve as the natural sweetness and aesthetics!