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Jan 8, 2011 07:36 PM

Vegetarian Orange Chicken?

I've been a vegetarian since I was in elementary school, so whenever I have a craving for some sort of meat product I haven't had in over a decade I generally ignore it. However, lately I haven't been able to shake a craving for orange chicken. Does anyone know of someplace where I can get either orange fake-chicken or tofu prepared in the style of orange chicken? Somewhere in the East Bay would be preferable, but if it's out there I'd probably be willing to cross a bridge for it.

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  1. Golden Lotus, in Oakland, has Lemon Chicken
    # 39. Lemon Chicken Gà Xào Chanh 7.95
    It is pseudo-chicken of course. I'm sure it is the same as Orange Chicken (maybe with a different food coloring).

    Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
    1301 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612

    1. Great Wall Chinese Restaurant in Oakland has Sesame Chicken, szechwan chicken and lemon chicken. I would think that Long Life Vegi House in Berkeley would have similar offerings.

      Long Life Vegi House
      2129 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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      1. re: twocents

        I second the recommendation for Great Wall; I live nearby and enjoy a lot of the food.
        I expect the pseud-chicken version here to be different from the one in Golden Lotus.

        I am linking to the Great Wall in Oakland, not the one in Daly City, with which I am not familiar. .

        Great Wall
        6247 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

      2. If you make it into the city, we love Big Lantern in the Mission for fake chicken dishes. Their fake general's chicken is out of this world. They also have really excellent fake meat dim sum.

        Big Lantern Restaurant
        3170 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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        1. re: MissVeg

          Loving Hut has "Orange Sesame Bites: orange flavored textured soy protein, sprinkled with white sesame" on its menu. Close your eyes and it's chicken. Although, close your eyes and it's not orange.

          I've never eaten there, though.

          Loving Hut
          1365 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA

        2. And Golden Era has "Lemon Chicken batter-fried veggie "chicken" cooked in sweet & sour lemon sauce"

          Golden Era Vegetarian
          572 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. Ark in Alameda has a section with mock meat dishes. I think it was lemon mock chicken dish I had there. It was mock chicken but am not sure if it was lemon or orange (or orange peel chicken) we had. It was very good. Also in San Francisco Chinatown there is Lucky Creations on Washington which a large menu of vegetarian dishes (it may well be all vegetarian, have not been there for years and my memory is quickly going somewhere if someone find it please return to me).

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            1. re: yimster

              adding links:
              I looked online at the Lucky Creation menu and did not see a Lemon or Orange chicken.
              By the way, Lucky Creation (and some of the others) are vegan, while others (such as Great Wall in Oakland and Long Life Vegi House in Berkeley) serve seafood.
              The Buddhist Chinese places also do not use garlic or onions.

              Lucky Creation Vegetarian
              854 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94108

              Ark Chinese
              1405 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

              1. re: Joel

                Most Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese Buddhist Temples do not use wine, garlic, onion and green onions as part of their cooking. I could not cook that way. Joel thanks for the links.