Eating out at Veggie Heaven
An Asian restaurant, Veggie Heaven is also all vegan, although they don’t call themselves vegan, just vegetarian.
We ordered an appetizer of “B.B.Q. Stick (Beef and Chicken),” and I was actively surprised when they arrived, because I was genuinely concerned for a minute that they were using actual beef.
I had the same thought when I got my entree, a Thai coconut Red curry hotpot, because of the flavor and texture of the meats.
One of the memories that I have of take-out Chinese food is that the cuts of beef were always thin, stringy, and fatty. As if they couldn’t afford good cuts of beef, and had to make do with whatever leftovers they could get.
Now, I agree that that doesn’t sound in any way appealing, but that is exactly what the meats at Veggie Heaven reminded me of.
They were more meaty than Gardein, Tofurkey, FieldRoast, or any other replacement meat, including my own seitan. They explain that that their “‘meat’. ‘poultry’ and ‘seafood’ are made from bean curd, taro root, wheat gluten, mushrooms, yams and other vegetables” right on their place mats, and that homemade recipe must be what really sets them apart.
I’m not sure that I’m ambitious enough to even consider trying to replicate their food, although the idea of putting some time in once school ends and summer is here is tempting. Of course, asking you to try it first is even more tempting, so if you were willing to try it, you could always let me know, you know. . .
Just sayin’. . .