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BuildingMyBento Sep 3, 2012 04:58 PM

I overheard a woman saying she lived in Japan for a year (doesn't seem like the "easiest" place to be vegan, let alone vegetarian) and relied on happycow.net for her meals. In case you already know about it, would you recommend it (at least for US cities)? If not, enjoy!

  1. choctastic Sep 3, 2012 07:10 PM

    happycow wasalso the most reliable source of vegetarian restaurants in Seoul, Korea for me.

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      callmijane Sep 4, 2012 10:46 AM

      It's a good jumping-off point. I would say it has a big lack in the vegetarian-friendly category.

      1. Peaches to Poutine Sep 4, 2012 12:32 PM

        I love Happy Cow; it can be very helpful. But I suspect most of its listings come from its users and therefore they can be inaccurate. For example, when doing research earlier this summer, I found a handful of vegan bakeries in Ontario that weren't listed in their pages. I don't know why that is, but if you're looking for something like that and assume it doesn't exist because no one has noted it, it can be misleading.

        1. pikawicca Sep 4, 2012 04:42 PM

          There are many, many vegetable-based dishes in traditional Japanese cooking; it's one of my favorite cuisines for vegan meals.

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            mrsleny Sep 5, 2012 06:52 PM

            I have found when dining out in Japanese restaurants a lot of the vegetable based dishes are cooked with dashi.

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              pikawicca Sep 5, 2012 07:17 PM

              I make my own broth and only use kombu.

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