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Mar 19, 2009 09:00 AM

Best Vegetarian Dish at Asia Cafe (not too spicy)?

Taking my vegetarian daughter to Asia Cafe today for lunch. She is 10, but more adventurous than most 10 yr olds. I've had plenty of meat dishes, but that won't help. The only veggie dishes that i've had are spicy (green beans, eggplant). The green beans probably won't be too spicy, but the eggplant definitely would be.
I noticed these 2 on the menu, which I've never tried:
Soy Bean w/Mustard Green
Dry Bean Curd w/Mustard Green

Any suggestions?

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  1. Well, We just got back. My daughter had the braised tofu which she liked very much. I tried it and agreed. It came with some assorted veggies (bok choy, carrot, onion, baby corn), and a light sauce. Also the above mentioned green beans, which were good as usual.

    1. Did you guys try the Stir-Fried Pea Leaves? Those are usually a favorite, except that if you get it too late in the season, the greens start becoming more stringy and tend to get in between your teeth.

      Also, you can get the "Szechuan Hot & Spicy Rice Jelly", which can be tuned in its level of spicyness. (The jelly itself is pretty bland, and comes immersed in a bowl of the very red but less-spicy-than-it-looks Szechuan pepper sauce.)

      If you are feeling adventurous, you can get the Sweet & Spicy Lotus Root. Lotus roots, when cooked, will produce some goo from its starches (like mixing tapioca powder with water). This combines with a crunchiness to make a very interesting texture. I personally love it, my wife is OK with it but not wild about it, and my parents think it's as good as the ones they make at home (with lotus roots harvested from their own pond).

      1. We recently had the Black and White Mushroom with Baby Bok Choy and quite enjoyed it. Also, the soy bean with mustard green can be ok, but a little boring after a while.