tapas food

A spread of traditional mezes photograph by Peden & Munk

  • “Meze, which is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks as a course or as appetizers before a main dish.  A big part of the dining experience in Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Arab countries. The word “meze” means “taste” and/or “snack.” The concept is very similar to the tapas of Spain,”

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini (Tapas)

Ever since I ate tapas at a vegan Vegas restaurant, I been wanting Jain tapas. This is one recipe I’d love to try soon because all ingredients are easily available and it’ll take literally minutes to make. Eat small portions, that’s what tapas mean.


  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets (about 1 ½ lb.)
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • ¼ tsp paprika or crushed red chili peppers


  1. Place oven rack in top position. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss cauliflower with 2 tsp. olive oil, and season with salt. Spread on large cookie sheet, and bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until cauliflower is fork-tender and slightly browned.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tsp. olive oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in tahini, lemon juice, 5 Tbs. water, and salt. Simmer over low heat 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Divide cauliflower among plates. Whisk sauce, then spoon over cauliflower. Sprinkle with parsley/chives and sesame seeds/paprika, and serve.

Adapted for the Jain diet by Yummy Vegan.

Butterfly Ebi Mayo - A Healthy Version

If you’ve ever visited a Japanese Tapas Restaurant then you must be very familiar with this dish. Most Ebi Mayo dishes are deep fried but since deep frying is very much a hassle at home, I find that pan frying is equally as good and in a sense, a bit healthier.

I find that Tiger Prawns work best for Ebi Mayo since it’s a lot juicer and larger than most others, but if you can’t find those regular prawns work just as well.


  • 300g Tiger Prawns
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp white pepper powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/6 cup cilantro
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • Kewpie Mayonnaise (Japanese Mayonnaise)
  • Chipotle


1. First prepare the prawns. Rinse them well under cold running water. On a cutting board, lay the prawns flat on one side. Using a very sharp knife, start cutting on the front and keep slicing through the back to the tail. Make sure you don’t cut all the way through to where the belly is, otherwise it won’t be in a butterfly shape anymore.

2. After cutting, in a large bowl, mix together sesame oil, cilantro, white pepper powder, soy sauce and sugar. Mix thoroughly and use the marinade to coat all sides of the prawns.

3. In a large pan, heat up some olive oil until it is quite hot. Place the prawns in next and pan fry until they are cooked. You can leave them in a bit longer and wait for them to brown a little bit.

4. Serve with Kewpie Mayo and Chipotle once ready!