Friday, January 23, 2015

Healthy Tips for Dining Out: Plant-Based Asian Cuisine

Faux Shrimp Won Ton soup at Wheel of Life Vegan - Irvine, CA
Asian food is absolutely one of my favorite types of food! Whether I'm going out to eat, or I'm cooking and preparing dinner in my own kitchen, Asian food makes me a HAPPY girl! 

I owe my love of Asian food to my parents!  I can still remember the comforting feeling I would get as a child  at our favorite Chinese food restaurant.slowly sipping my hot delicious Wor Wonton noodle soup with crunchy noodles on top.

Since I went Vegan in 2007, I avoided many of my favorite foods because plant-based cuisine was not as popular and definitely not understood.  Now, thankfully, most Asian restaurants, especially Thai, Vietnamese, and Sushi, are vegan-friendly!  I always recommend calling ahead to make sure they can accommodate a vegan diet, some restaurants make their broths and sauces with bones or fish flakes and may not be able to alter a recipe.

Remember to do your research before you go out.  I have gone through many evenings driving around looking for the perfect Pho restaurant or Sushi spot that could accommodate my special requests.

Here are some tips for enjoying your favorite Asian food when dining out:

  • Substitute Tofu for meat in any dish.
  • Ask for No Egg in Fried Rice dishes and Pad Thai.
  • Request vegetarian broth made with no meat.
  • Ask for ingredients in sauces, make sure they don't use Fish flakes.
  • Embracing my Asian heritage
  • Teppanyaki: ask for the chef to prepare your veggies first, without butter.
Suitable for Vegans:

  • Salad dressings made with ginger and miso
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • Tofu based dishes
  • Vegetable chow mein
  • Pad Thai with Tofu (specify No Egg)
  • Steamed brown rice
  • Sesame noodles
  • Vegetable broth Pho 
  • Vegetable sushi rolls
  • Miso soup (without fish flakes)
  • Korean Soon Tofu with vegetarian broth
  • Sriracha
  • Black bean sauce
  • Boba Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Jasmine Tea
I hope you will continue to enjoy your favorite types of cuisine, whether you eat out or dine in!  With so many options, meat alternatives, and substitutes, we are free to explore our taste buds with passion!

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