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The Tropical Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein

I hadn't even heard of this and was playing around in Borders and decided on a whim to buy it.  I made the Spicy Tawainese-Style Black Sesame Noodles and it tasted great. I used 6 oz. of rice noodles instead of the Chinese noodles and added a little chili sauce to give it a bit more heat, but it was great. Here's a picture of it. I didn't have black sesame seeds, so I used the regular ones so it doesn't look as fancy as it might have.

The second picture is of malaysian hot and sour noodles with tofu and baby bok choy. My husband gave it 4.5 stars.

Thai-style stir-fry with crispy tofu and hoisin sauce - Most excellent.  It has many layers of flavor from the sweet hoison (I did not add the extra sugar she calls for), to Thai chili peppers (my addition instead of red pepper flakes), meaty baby portabellas, peppers, onions, ginger, garlic, cilantro and Thai basil, to lime.  Loved it.


Canary Island red pepper mojo sauce and potatoes - There is method of cooking the potatoes that involves 1/2 cup of salt (it's later drained out but helps to wrinkle to potatoes and then it's cooks and made into potatoes that can be dipped in the sauce) but I ignored all that and just boiled some potatoes and poured the sauce on top.  This was a very simple sauce of red bell pepper, olive oil, garlic, cumin, paprika and salt blended together.  It was very good...all the flavors go together real well.

Thai-style sweet-and-sour vegetables with turmeric - This was o.k.  Nothing to get too excited about, but good healthy food.


Malaysian hot-and-sour noodles with tofu and baby bok choy - I wanted this to be amazing and it was just average.  The tumeric and the lemon juice in this dish didn't work well for me and the flavors didn't come together well.


Ooh.. I think I found the TOC:

SingaporeStyle AvocadoCucumber Sushi Rolls

AvocadoMango Crostini

Black Bean and Tropical Fruit Salsa

ThaiStyle Glazed Cashews

Butter Bean Guacamole

ChipotleCorn Salsa

CaribbeanStyle PotatoVegetable Curry

Jamaican CookUp Rice

Jackfruit and Spice Rice with Pistachios and Coconut

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Thai Curried Peanut Butter Rice with Peas

Thai Fried Rice with Mixed Vegetables Peanuts and Basil

Curried Spinach and Peas in Coconut Milk over Basmati Rice

CaribbeanStyle Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chili Black Beans

Citrus Salsa

Baked Wonton Crisps

Taiwanese Black Sesame Focaccia

Kiwifruit Salsa

ThaiStyle Mango Salsa

OvenDried Mangoes

Nori Bundles with PeanutChutney Sauce

Haitian Peanut Sauce with Raw and Steamed Vegetables

CaribbeanSpiced Popcorn

Canary IslandStyle Wrinkled Potatoes with Red Pepper Mojo Sauce

ThaiStyle Curried Potato Puffs

SofritoGrilled Bread

MexicanSpiced Mini Pretzels

Tofu Satay with PeanutChutney Sauce

TaiwanStyle Vegetable Wraps with Pineapple FiveSpice Dipping Sauce

Fried Tofu Nuggets with Thai Peanut Sauce

Tomatillo Guacamole

Pineapple FiveSpice Dipping Sauce

Quick Caribbean Black Bean Soup

Caribbean Callaloo Soup

Brazilian Corn Soup

Chilled Avocado Soup

Thai HotandSour Lemongrass Soup with Mushrooms and Tofu

Hawaiian Long Rice Soup

Chilled Australian Curried Mango Soup

Plantain Soup

Caribbean Pumpkin Soup

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Thai Curried Red Pepper Coconut Soup

Cold Tomatillo Soup

Cambodian Tomato Soup

Brazilian Black Bean and Vegetable Stew

African Black Barley Stew with Okra and Tomatoes

Mexican Black Bean and Brown Rice Soup

Brazilian Black Bean Soup

African Curried Coconut Soup with Chickpeas

Indian BlackEyed Pea Soup

Thai CoconutNoodle Soup with Lemongrass

Thai Corn Chowder with Lime and Basil

African Groundnut Stew with Fufu

Vietnamese Noodle Soup

LentilPomegranate Stew with Spinach and Raisins

African Pineapple and Peanut Stew with Kale

VietnameseStyle Pot Sticker Soup

Arugula and Star Fruit Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Avocado and Mango Salad with Arugula and Red Onion

Avocado and Maui Onion Salad over Mixed Greens with Papaya Vinaigrette

Thai Fruit Salad with Hot Peanut Dressing

SingaporeStyle Green Bean and Sprout Salad

Peruvian Lima Bean and Red Radish Salad

Costa RicanStyle MangoAvocado Salad with Cabbage and Lime

St MartinStyle Orange and Red Onion Salad with TarragonCitrus Vinaigrette

Brazilian Palm and Tomato Salad

Papaya Jicama and Avocado Salad with Sour Orange Dressing

Thai Green Papaya and Peanut Salad

ThaiStyle Romaine Salad with Creamy CoconutTamari Dressing

Baby Spinach Salad with Pomegranates and Almonds

AussieStyle Curried Sweet Potato Salad with Orange

Caribbean Potato Salad

HawaiianStyle Seasoned Soybean Sprout Salad

Tomato Salad with Chilies and Lime

Fiesta Black Bean and Corn Salad

Tropical Couscous Salad

Luau Salad

Thai Glass Noodle Salad

Sesame Noodle Salad with Dried Pineapple

Vietnamese BunStyle Herbed Rice Noodle Salad

Tropical Pasta Salad

New ZealandStyle Brown Rice Salad with Kiwifruit and Apple

Brazilian Rice Salad

Curried Quinoa Salad with Mango

Caribbean Pigeon Pea and Brown Rice Salad

Indian BlackBarley Pilaf with Bananas and Oranges

African Beans and Potatoes

Costa Rican Beans and Rice

Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas with Chipotle Sauce

Black Beans with Sofrito over Rice

Traditional Cuban Black Beans over Rice

PhilippineStyle Eggplant in Coconut Cream over Rice

Island Bean Burgers with CaribbeanStyle Creole Sauce

BengaliStyle BlackEyed Peas with Mushrooms over Basmati Rice

Puerto Rican Pink Beans and White Rice

Costa Rican CabbageStuffed Tortillas

AussieStyle Fettuccine with BasilMacadamia Pesto

Spicy BolivianStyle Lentils over Rice

Thai Lettuce Wraps

Hot Mango Pilaf with Almonds

VietnameseStyle Cellophane Noodles with Mixed Vegetables

FusionStyle Dragon Noodles with Asparagus

Malaysian HotandSour Noodles with Tofu and Baby Bok Choy

ThaiStyle Fried Rice with Chili and Lime

BangkokStyle Rice Noodles

Spicy TaiwaneseStyle Black Sesame Noodles

Thai Pumpkin Curry

Pad Thai Vegetarian Noodles

Spicy ThaiStyle Pasta Twists

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

Thai Sweet Potato Curry

Grilled Tofu with Mango Slaw

HawaiianStyle Vegetable StirFry with Green Mango

Coconut Tofu with Spicy Pineapple Chutney over Rice

ThaiStyle StirFry with Crispy Tofu and Hoisin Sauce

HawaiianStyle PineappleTeriyaki Baked Tofu with Rice

Thai Red Curry with Tofu Mango and Snow Peas

Hawaiian SweetandSour Vegetables over Rice

Thai StirFried Mixed Vegetables over Jasmine Rice

ThaiStyle Spicy Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Milk over Rice

Roasted Vegetables in African Peanut Sauce with Fufu

Sweet Potato Patties with Green Mango Relish

CaribbeanStyle Black Beans

CubanStyle BlackEyed Pea Fritters

ThaiStyle Cabbage Slaw

Hawaiian OrangeGinger Carrots

VietnameseStyle Cauliflower

CambodianStyle Grilled Corn

Mexican Corn Relish

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

Cucumber and Chayote Slaw

CambodianStyle HotandSour Eggplant

Eggplant in CubanStyle Mojo Sauce

Sri LankanStyle Curried Green Beans with Cashews

Spicy Thai Green Beans and Tofu

BangkokStyle Basil Sesame Noodles

AussieStyle Green Mango Sauce

TrinidadStyle Curried Mashed Potatoes

Costa RicanStyle Tortillas with Potatoes

VenezuelanStyle Baked Potato Casserole

BrazilianStyle Braised Pumpkin

ThaiStyle Basil Rice

Puerto RicanStyle Green Rice with Tomatillos

IndonesianStyle Fried Rice

Mango Rice

ChiliRoasted Sweet Potato Fries

Caribbean Tomato Brown Rice

AfricanStyle Spinach and Zucchini Sauté with Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Pineapple

Gingered Sugar Snap Peas

AussieStyle Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Guava Jelly

JamaicanStyle Sweet Potato Casserole with Banana and Coconut

HawaiianStyle Mashed Taro with Ginger and Coconut

ThaiStyle Barbecued Vegetables

ThaiStyle SweetandSour Vegetables with Turmeric

Baked FrenchFried Yucca

JavaAlmond Fudge

Fuji Apples with Toasted Sesame Seeds

Brazilian Avocado Cream with Grapes

Banana Crepes with Tropical Fruit and Coconut Syrup

BananaChocolateCoconut Sushi Rolls

ThaiStyle Fried Banana Rolls

Indonesian Sweet Banana Compote

Mini BananaGuava Pies

AussieStyle Hurricane Finger Bananas

BananaOrange BrownRice Pudding

Taiwanese Bananas and Star Fruit with Cinnamon Coconut Cream Sauce

Hawaiian Beer Cake

Hawaiian Coconut Sauce

Caribbean Cocoa Ice

Hawaiian Coconut Pudding

Coconut Sorbet

Trinidad Coconut Tea Bread

Taiwanese Fruit Salad with FiveSpice

KiwifruitLime Sorbet

Mixed Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut Cream

Guava Ice

Florida Key Lime Ice

Lychee Sorbet

Hawaiian Macadamia Lace Cookies

Fresh Mango with Cointreau and Mint

Hot Gingered Mango

Australian Mango and Lychee Fruit Salad with Passion Fruit Syrup

Hawaiian MangoNut Sweet Bread

Mango Sorbet

CaramelLime Oranges

Baked Papaya

PapayaPineapple Strudel

AfricanStyle Caramelized Ripe Plantains

PomegranateCurrant Salad with Almonds and Papaya Coulis

Pumpkin Empanadas

Pineapple Sorbet

Malaysian Tapioca Cake

BelizeStyle Sweet Potato Pudding

Vietnamese Avocado Shakes

BananaChocolateCoconut Milkshakes

Guava Smoothie

Florida Keys Limeade

PineappleKey Lime Spritzers

Mango Smoothies

Mango and Melon Coladas

MangoPeach Freeze

PomegranateGinger Spritzers

StrawberryKiwifruit Smoothies


Thai pumpkin curry - Good.  This has pumpkin or butternut squash, carrots, red bell pepper, and chickpeas in a curry sauce.  The sauce is made from orange juice and coconut milk, with red curry and other spices.  The orange taste adds an unusual and unexpected flavor that was pretty good.


Bangkok-style rice noodles - OK......I make so many dishes like this I'm finding myself not easily impressed anymore.  Not that this wasn't good, it was.  The addition of tomatoes didn't seem Thai to me but was a nice twist that I enjoyed.

Jackfruit and spice rice with pistachios and and coconut - Wasn't expecting much but this was delicious!  I used brown rice and for broth I used the chicken style powder I made from World Vegan Feast.  She calls for cardamom pods, whole cloves and a cinnamon stick for spice, but powdered worked real well.  The jackfruit I used was in syrup which I drained off well, so I used unsweetened coconut.  I had to stop myself from gobbling up the whole recipe.



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