Lau Chay Thap Cam – Vegetable hotpot

Lau Chay

This is  easy and simple  version of  vegetable hot pot.  It is served as family soup on the week night or a fancy hot pot for vegan guests.

Make 2-4 servings


  • 1 box of firm tofu, washed, drained, cut into cubes
  • 1 box of deep fried tofu (optional, buy from store), cut into cubes
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz.) of vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp of mushroom power (optional)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 carrot, peeled, washed, cut into bite size pieces
  •  4-6 pieces of Napa cabbage, cut into 1-in pieces
  • 1/2 lb. of fresh Shiitake mushrooms, remove stems, cut into slices
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 sprigs of cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp of sugar ( best to use rock sugar)
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Bean thread noodles, soak in water and rinse (optional)


  1. In a skillet, add oil, chopped onion.  Cook onion until golden over high heat. Add Shiitake mushrooms, and sautéed for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a pot, add  carrot, water, vegetable broth.  Bring soup to boil and cook  for 5 minutes over high heat. Add mushroom powder, salt.  Taste the soup and adjust salt.
  3. Use  serving pot or electric skillet as a hot pot.   In the pot, first place Napa cabbage pieces, then tofu.  Second, carefully  add soup in part 2, finally add  sautéed mushroom and sugar, hot sauce.
  4. Sprinkle cilantro, green onion and ground black pepper.
  5. The hot pot is cooked on the table  with electric skillet or place the serving pot on a portable gas stove.  Reduce heat when the soup is too boiling. Add extra broth into the pot as need it.
  6. Serve with extra vegetables and bean thread noodles.

Cooking Tips

  • It’s best to use rock sugar since the regular sugar makes broth has little sour taste when cook it too long.
  • We can use any fresh vegetables like green beans, baby bok choys
  •  Add  white mushrooms, enoki,  oyster mushrooms
  • You can add deep fried tofu (buy from store) and vegan meat.



Cooking lau chay

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