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Chinese Veg Restaurants in Philly

spyturtle008 Jul 25, 2006 07:59 PM

Out of curiosity for those of you who frequent any/all of the vegan Chinese restaurants clustered in Chinatown -- which is your favorite:

Cherry Street
Harmony
Singapore
Kingdom of Vegetarians

It seems like the veg community is divided fairly equally into camps on this front, so I'm interested to hear what you Chowhounders think. For me, my hands-down favorite is Cherry Street. The food is always excellent -- I dream about their house special wonton soup especially. The atmosphere is cozy, and the service is always friendly.

Less than friendly service dining late one night at Harmony (if you don't want to be open late, then change your hours!!) turned me off of them a bit, and less than consistent dishes. Loved Kindom of Vegetarians the first time we went, but on the second visit the restaurant seemed a little less than clean... Found Singapore's food to be very bland on our one visit.

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    sondra Aug 6, 2006 12:21 PM

    of the four you mentioned, i like new harmony best, followed by singapore and lastly, cherry street. i've not been to kingdom of veg. yet. all of them are rather greasy, but i thought new harmony had the most interesting and varied flavors and the least unappealing ambiance. still, though none of the spaces really evoke fine dining. i wrote more detailed reviews on these for anyone interested - www.sondraslair.com/phillyrestaurants...

    1. saturninus Aug 1, 2006 08:27 PM

      I went to Su Xing House the week it opened and my food was terrible. All the dishes we ordered were mushy, chewy and inedible. We joked and said it was the worst meal ever. Has it really improved?
      Is the food no longer grey and slimy?
      The iced teas we ordered were obnoxiously sweet. Have they improved?

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        mazza3 Aug 1, 2006 05:53 PM

        don't go to kingdom, it is crap. the vegetarian menu at golden empress is awesome, and you can go with meat eaters...

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          paprika Jul 28, 2006 03:04 PM

          I was wondering the same and hope to check out the places you mentioned. A couple of weeks ago I had a Saturday lunch at New Harmony. The food was earnest and OK. A noodle seafood dish was pretty good but the broccoli with garlic was sweet. The service, however, was good, and the people very friendly. The worst part was a large party talking and yukking it up very loudly. After they left, things were much better.

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            Bride of the Juggler Jul 28, 2006 02:48 PM

            Of those, I like New Harmony for take-out (especially the dim sum platters) and Cherry Street for big group dinners. I also really like the new Su Xing House (or something like that) at 15th and Sansom. I really like the mock shrimp (called 'stuffed tofu skin rolls or something) and the seitan steak. They use excellent spicy peppers that have actual flavor, not just heat. Thank you.

            1. joypirate Jul 26, 2006 04:05 PM

              I have some Hindi friends that I turned onto Rangoon and now they swear by it. Though not completely vegetarian it has more interesting vegetarian options than many places they've tried around the city.

              I don't know how many of its dishes would be considered vegan.

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