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West Side: Chinese with faux (vege) meats?

Wanshu Feb 19, 2008 12:29 PM

Anyone have a rec for a Chinese restaurant (or other Asian, but mostly craving Chinese) which has a good selection of faux meats on the west side?

In NJ we used to go to this fabulous place that had delicious spare ribs, Peking duck, hot & sour soup with "pork" etc.. all made out of TVP (textured vegetable protein)... it was soooooo good!

I realize it might not sound too tasty to a meat-eater but it really is surprisingly tasty when prepared well!

Ideas? and Thank You in advance!

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  1. adelly RE: Wanshu Feb 19, 2008 12:54 PM

    you can try papillon in el segundo.....

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    1. re: adelly
      westsidegal RE: adelly Feb 19, 2008 03:30 PM

      papillon, imho, serves food that is more like Filipino food than chinese food.

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      fdb RE: Wanshu Feb 19, 2008 07:34 PM

      There isn't really anything like that on the westside as far as I know. If you are willing to travel to the San Gabriel Vally, you'll have more options. My daughter is a pescaterian (seafood and veggies, no meat) and she loves those faux meat dishes.

      1. Emme RE: Wanshu Feb 19, 2008 09:25 PM

        Mao's Chinese Kitchen has exactly that... one location in Venice, one on Melrose. It's actually very taste, and in case you were interested, open late!

        Maos Kitchen
        1512 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

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          westsidegal RE: Emme Feb 20, 2008 08:16 AM

          also, mao's kitchen has free corkage, so bring whatever alcoholic beverage you like.

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          tigercactus RE: Wanshu Feb 20, 2008 10:46 AM

          california vegan on santa monica blvd (at bundy??) has the faux meat options. I've never had them (just the plain tofu) but the food is pretty decent

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