Vegetarian Chinese Fondue

Vegetarian Chinese Fondue

Thin slices of vegetables and tofu dipped in a communal pot of slowly simmering broth placed in the centre of the table.

Also known as a «Mongolian Firepot», this meal consists of two steps: first the fondue, then the soup. Apparently eating the soup at the end, rather than at the beginning as we do in the Western world, helps the digestion. There are no hard and fast rules for this meal, other than preparing a rather bland broth at the beginning (it will concentrate and get richer with time) and serving the tofu or vegetables with a rather seasoned sauce: the one proposed here is the traditional sauce for «Shabu-Shabu» (which is the Japanese for Chinese fondue).

4 servings
Preparation 15 min

450 calories per serving 


2/3 Napa cabbage   600 g
4 zucchini   500 g
2 leeks   600 g
3 1/2 cups soybean sprouts   240 g
28 button (white) mushrooms   400 g
600 g firm regular tofu, cut into 1,5 cm cubes   3 cups
3 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed   1 lemon
1/4 cup wheat-free soy sauce   65 mL
5 tbsp sesame seeds   45 g
1 1/2 cup water, approximately   375 mL
3 cups vegetable broth, low-sodium, approximately   750 mL
1 eggs size large [optional]    

Before you start

A fondue pot and a burner are needed for this recipe. Each guest should have a dipping fork (colour-coded if possible) and a small plate or bowl for the cooked food.


  1. Prepare the vegetables: detach the cabbage leaves, leaving them whole, and slice the other vegetables into thin strips. Place and arrange them nicely on a serving platter. If you do not like crunchy vegetables, you may blanch them a few minutes before placing them on the serving platter. Cut the tofu into 1,5 cm cubes and lay the cubes on the platter. Set aside.
  2. To prepare the dipping sauce, pour the lemon juice and soy sauce into a bowl. Grind or pound the sesame seeds and add them to the bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine the water and broth in a saucepan, bring the liquid to a boil, then transfer enough broth so that the fondue pot is approximately 2/3 to 3/4 full (how much broth you will need will depend on the size of the fondue pot). Draw about 3 tablespoons of broth per serving and add it to the dipping sauce bowl, mix well, then portion out the sauce into small individual serving bowls.
  4. Place the fondue pot on top of the burner in the centre of the table, and keep it simmering throughout the meal. Keep any remaining broth warm on the stovetop.
  5. To serve, each guest spears one of the tofu or vegetable pieces with a dipping fork, immerses it briefly in the broth until cooked to their liking, then dips it into the sauce as desired.
  6. After the food is cooked, the rich broth is distributed to whomever has enough room for it. As an option, one egg may be added to the broth. Cook 1-2 min with stirring, then ladle the broth into bowls.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (920g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




22 g

34 %

Saturated 3 g
+ Trans 0 g

14 %


0 mg


670 mg

28 %


36 g

12 %


8 g

32 %


11 g


39 g

Vitamin A

50 %

Vitamin C

140 %


45 %


50 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: servings
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Added Sugar, Cholesterol, Trans Fat
Low :
Calories, Saturated Fat, Sodium
Source of :
Vitamin B12, Vitamin E
Excellent source of :
Calcium, Copper, Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Zinc

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This recipe is in the following categories: Soy | Vegetables | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | High Calcium | High Fibre | High Iron | Kosher | Low Calorie | Low Cholesterol | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Vegetarian | Christmas | Valentine's Day | Chinese

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