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Miri1 Jan 17, 2012 03:46 PM

I'm searching for a good vegan or vegetarian Chinese place, preferably in WeHo, West LA, or even the Valley. Alternatively, a good place that has a lot of veg options. I'm not a fan of Chinese food, but my friends promise that if I have GOOD Chnese, I will love it as much as they do. So any recommendations will be great!

Thanks!

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    Chandavkl Jan 17, 2012 07:17 PM

    Even good garden variety Chinese (pun intended) of any type is scarce to non-existent in most of the Westside and Valley, so asking for good Chinese vegetarian in those locations is asking for too much. However, there is another Chinese vegetarian place in the Valley, Garden Wok on Reseda Blvd. in Reseda, so that is another potential choice in that genre.

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      will47 Jan 17, 2012 11:25 PM

      I think Garden Wok is run by a relative of the owners of Veg Delight -- similar menu. And, while it's a Vietnamese place (with some Chinese / Viet influence), Vinh Loi Tofu in Reseda is well regarded for its noodle soups.

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        westsidegal Jan 18, 2012 09:45 AM

        i enthusiatically endorse, will47's recommendation of vinh loi tofu.
        everything i've ever had there has been good.

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        choctastic Jan 22, 2012 09:28 PM

        I've been to Garden Wok. It's decent, if unspectacular.

        Vinh Loi Tofu is close by; I'd go there instead, even though it's Vietnamese.

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          raytamsgv Jan 23, 2012 03:08 PM

          Vinh Loi might be Vietnamese-Chinese. My wife told me that at least one of the workers there spoke a few dialects of Chinese.

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            will47 Jan 23, 2012 10:02 PM

            Yeah, I believe the owner is Viet-Chinese.

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        PandanExpress Jan 17, 2012 05:57 PM

        You will not find GOOD Chinese anywhere in WeHo, West LA, or even the Valley, unless you mean the San Gabriel Valley.

        With that in mind, if you want average vegetarian Chinese food in the valley, you can try Vegetable Delight in Chatsworth. While it's not bad, I wouldn't be a fan of Chinese food either if I had to eat that as my only Chinese food option.

        If you're willing to venture to the San Gabriel Valley, possibilities open up.

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          Miri1 Jan 17, 2012 06:05 PM

          Ok, if it means GOOD Chibee, then I'm willing to make the trek.

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            will47 Jan 17, 2012 11:36 PM

            Lots of threads about veggie places in the SGV. Some places mentioned in other threads may be closed. Despite spotty service, I'd probably recommend Supreme Vegetarian Restaurant, as mentioned in this thread:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/823960

            Happy Family (the one on Atlantic) is also a classic choice. I like Bean Sprouts in Arcadia, if only for being different from the herd, but the food is a little bland. If you order the right dishes, there are some good things there, though.

            I don't know if you're concerned about vegan food; Buddhist vegetarian places will almost always mark dishes with egg clearly, if there are even any on the menu. However, a lot of mock meats may contain dairy products like whey, casein, or, less commonly, egg whites. It will be hard to get a straight answer on this; I usually try to steer clear of processed fake meats anyway. Wheat gluten, konjac based foods, and tofu / tofu derivatives will usually be safe.

            I really like these two threads about vegetarian Chinese food at non-vegetarian SGV Chinese restaurants. It can be done, and often you'll end up with more flavor than at Buddhist vegetarian places, which generally don't use garlic, onion, leek, etc., however, there is some risk that you'll end up with not entirely vegetarian food. Din Tai Fung has some good veggie options (though no veggie xiaolongbao), and should be relatively trustworthy.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/516879
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/808840

            Dairy is rare in Chinese food, and most handmade noodles and handmade dumpling wrappers won't have egg (wonton wrappers often will). Always, always, always ask about chicken base / chicken powder, which is ubiquitous (vs. just plain MSG).

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              ipsedixit Jan 18, 2012 06:32 AM

              Just a note on Buddhist vegetarian places. They will almost always have egg (or egg by products) in their food, and most of the time it will not be denoted as such. Vegetarian Buddhists generally have not qualms about eating eggs.

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