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Nov 14, 2006 09:43 PM

veggie friendly Chinese and/or Korean in Flushing?

We've never been to the "real" Chinatown and Koreatown in Flushing, and are going to make the trip this weekend (assuming that this can be done via public transportation). Does anyone have any recommendations for good veggie-friendly food (we also eat seafood)?

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  1. Most Korean restaurants are veggie friendly. Skate fish with Cold Spicy Noodles. Monkfish with bean sprouts with pepper paste. For Chinese they usually have seafood especially Cantonese Restaurants. But if you really want good Vegetarian you should go to a Chinese Vegetarian restaurant. I'm not a vegetarian but I don't mind going for vegetarian chinese. I think there may be one on Main Street but its about a 10 minute walk South. Sorry forgot the name.

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    1. re: designerboy01

      I'm not a vegetarian either, but doesn't lots of "meatless" Korean food involve sauces and spice pastes made with dried fish and shellfish? There's crab in most restaurant kimchi, isn't there? Some years back, I went with a fairly strict vegetarian to Cho Dang Gol in Manhattan, which specializes in tofu and the staff said not a single dish was vegetarian. I don't know whether they've adapted since.

      Ditto Thai and Vietnamese. They don't call it fish sauce for nothing.

    2. I don't need a strictly vegetarian place; I need a recommendation for a good Chinese or other Asian place that has good vegetable and fish dishes, in Flushing.

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      1. re: bennyt

        Canton is very well known for seafood and veggies are always important to any chinese meal. Imperial Palace is pretty good for Cantonese. Its one of the restaurants that me and several others recommended up on CH.

        BrianS wrote a nice review:

        1. re: designerboy01

          Thanks for liking my review. As you can see, all the food I ate there was seafood, no meat. Seafood has a place of honor in most Cantonese places; the better restaurants call themselves "seafood restaurants" in Chinese, to assure their patrons they are a quality place.

      2. If you take the 7 train to Main Street, you're in the heart of Flushing and can easily walk up to Buddha Bodhai, which is all-vegetarian.

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        1. re: PlomeekSoup

          Yeah, I've read very mixed reviews of Buddha Bodhai though. What are your thoughts?

          1. re: bennyt

            I was there only once about two years ago and I wasn't impressed, but that's based on trying only one or two dishes. Perhaps it's the kind of place where you need to know what's good on the menu before you go? I might give it another try at some point.

            As for comparing it to places like VP2 or Dim Sum House, the few dishes I had didn't compare nearly as well to the good end of stunt meat available in vegetarian Asian cuisine.

        2. I prefer Happy Buddha
          on 37th Avenue just W of Main Street, even more convenient to the 7 train and also LIRR Port Washington line, also all vegetarian, but with both there is wide variety in the food. Many dishes are fried, and many depend on "mock meat".
          This "about" profile of Flushing--which is worth a visit even if you don't chow down--might be of interest to you

          As a vegetarian, I try to stick to vegetarian restaurants especially in places where English isn't spoken because communication with staff may not be perfect, and I want to be sure my meal doesn't have an ingredient or stock which I choose not to eat.

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          1. re: JanetG

            How would you compare Happy Buddha or Buddha Bodhai to places in Manhattan like Vegetarian's Paradise or Vegetarian Dim Sum?

          2. I haven't been to Vegetarian's Paradise on W. 4th St. since it reopened, but historically they were more mock-meat centered than either of the places you name (perhaps I should say "any", because there's also Buddha Bodai on Mott St. in Manhattan.) Vegetarian Dim Sum can't be compared to anything--the small dishes they make are duplicated nowhere.