[Sca-cooks] More on Jai/Buddhist Delight, was, Re: OOP: Tentative Lunar New Year Menu

otsisto otsisto at socket.net
Tue Jan 20 21:50:00 PST 2009

I didn't say Buddhists were barred from eating meat or fish. I said that
Buddhist/Buddha's Delight usually is a vegetarian dish. That it is a
Buddhist tradition to not eat meat, fish or poultry during the first five
days of the new year (for cleansing of the body) and therefore
Buddha's/Buddhist delight is recommended which implies that there isn't
seafood in it when eaten on one of those five days.
Reading the wikipedia article it has the quail eggs, shrimp, and dried
oysters as less commonly used which would indicate that the vegen recipe is
more common.


-----Original Message-----
On Jan 20, 2009, at 9:54 PM, Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius wrote:

>  here's a quote from the Buddha his ownself on the subject of meat
> and fish being eaten by Buddhist monks:
> http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma3/meat.html
> According to that source, they're not barred from eating meat or
> fish; they're primarily barred from killing meat or fish, or eating
> meat or fish that has been specifically killed for their benefit.

The wikipedia article on Buddhist Delight also indicates that dried
seafood as an ingredient (mostly dried oysters, as well as quail eggs
and, apparently, fresh/undried shrimp) is sometimes included.


As I say, I've seen many, many recipes for jai which include oyster
sauce, so apparently the idea of a strictly vegan interpretation is
actually rarer than one might think.

I can't find any recipes calling for dried scallops as an ingredient;
this could conceivably be a nod to the fact that my wife is aware of
my loathing of dried oysters, except in the form of oyster sauce.


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