Whatcha’ Eatin’? – Chinese Food
Quick quiz: What is the one place that, no matter where in the country you are, there is always tofu?
If you said “Chinese food,” then you’re right!
No matter where you go in the United States, it’s a pretty safe bet that you can find a Chinese Food restaurant, and without fail, that restaurant will almost definitely have tofu on the menu.
Luckily, the Blonde and I have a really good Chinese restaurant, called Hunan House, about 5 miles away.
And not just a decent restaurant, but they offer brown rice, admittedly for $1 extra, and not just tofu, but “vegetarian chicken.”
We’ve asked before, and they swear that the vegetarian chicken has no animal products in it, and while I shudder to think about what “artificial flavors” might mean, at least the only animal harmed in the making of these meals is me.
Not that we get dinner out all that often, but when we do, I admit, we go the whole nine yards. My personal choice from Hunan house before we went vegan was General Tso’s chicken. Now, on the “special vegetarian menu,” my first choice is General Tso’s “chicken.”
The sauce could be spicier, but the inclusion of whole hot peppers is a nice change from many restaurants, where the sauce is some magical “red” flavor, where “red” means hot. The food itself is good, if not great, but it has very little of that MSG-ey tang that is so unfortunately common from mediocre Chinese food, and the second option, after tofu, makes Hunan House our first choice.
Now, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have way too many non veg options on their menu, they do, but slowly and surely, we’re making a difference. Soon we’ll start asking for more options, like a vegetarian beef for us, so that we can have Szechuan “beef,” but one thing at a time. . .