Supreme Vege Cuisine New In Arcadia
Following up on Will47s passing reference in another thread and his Yelp review, I drove to the famous corner of Baldwin Ave. and Las Tunas Dr. in Arcadia and the recently opened Supreme Vege Cuisine. This was where H. K. Gourmet Delight had landed after they moved from Monterey Park (where will I get my minced fish with pine nuts fix now?), and for those of you with good memories (or records), the one time home of the Arcadia branch of Mandarin Shanghai. Supreme Vege Cuisine is full on Buddhist vegetarian, complete with Buddhist TV on the flat screen and nice floral decorations. Mock meat and vegetable dishes line an extensive menu. Already found a couple of winners there, bean curd skin with spinach, which is a ball of spinach wrapped in a very soft bean curd skin, and the smoked bean curd skin, which is their name for what passes elsewhere as vegetarian goose or vegetarian duck. Street address is 558 W. Las Tunas.
Las Tunas Restaurant
3603 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Yeah - it's really not too bad, especially for having opened fairly recently. It's most comparable to the place in Dahua plaza ("Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant" or something like that), and like that place, the menu is somewhat overreaching (with sushi and some other random stuff that really doesn't belong), and heavily focused on mock meat, even for a Chinese Buddhist vegetarian place. They have the same pumpkin porridge. Not sure if there's any official connection between the two, but I think the food is maybe a little better at this place. The first time I was there, the fresh chili peppers were pretty good, and packed more heat and flavor than the ones you'd usually find at a vegetarian place. Unfortunately, the second time I visited, they were replaced by more standard fresh chilis.
Despite the "supreme" in the English name (Chinese name is 一品齋), it doesn't appear to be related to the Supreme Master Ching Hai cult as far as I can tell.
Would love to see a more focused menu, and some better dishes featuring vegetables and more traditional / less processed mock meats.
I haven't seen anyone try it yet, but they do have a vegetarian (though I assume not vegan) o-ah jian (oyster omelette).