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Plantasia: A Vegetarian Cookbook Through Asia

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by Pamelia Chia
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Plantasia contains vegetarian (frequently vegan) recipes from a deep range of East Asian cultures, some of them traditional, others the creation of talented chefs who are profiled in the book.   

Eight chapters, each focused on a different cooking technique such as steaming or frying, showcase recipes from more than fifteen different countries, from Burma to Vietnam. Author Pamelia Chia, a former restaurant cook who is now food writer based in Singapore, contributes her versions of many dishes, even as she pays tribute to cooks she admires.

The book offers a refreshing number of dishes that we have not commonly seen in other cookbooks. For instance:

  • Watercress noodles with split pea fritters
  • Grilled corn with coconut cream and scallions
  • Soba salad with charred greens and tahini
  • Charred brussels sprouts with grapefruit and yuba (tofu skin)
  • Turmeric carrots with dill and mung bean jelly

Where necessary, Chia includes step-by-step photo sequences that illustrate slightly complex processes like assembling vegetable rolls or dumplings.

Hardcover. Color photographs throughout. 



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