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Best Chinese veg 2014?

ns1 Apr 26, 2014 06:26 PM

Parents rejecting happy family and veg gourmet. Any other suggestions? 626 or 714 preferred.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: ns1 Apr 26, 2014 06:44 PM

    Why are they rejecting Happy Family?

    Veg Gourmet I can understand, but why Happy Family?

    In any event, next best bet to Happy Family is probably Happy Veggie in Rowland Heights.

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      ns1 RE: ipsedixit Apr 26, 2014 08:09 PM

      They don't like the new environment. They prefer the old hole in the wall Chinese restaurant feeling, vs the giant window uv light cafe feeling. It's a vibe thing.

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      narcissisticnonsense RE: ns1 Apr 26, 2014 08:06 PM

      i never understood the veg chinese fascination. when i was eating vegetarian i always preferred to just go to restaurants and get scallion pancakes, leek and egg bao or dumplings, a green vegetable, a meatless garlic noodle, etc

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        ns1 RE: narcissisticnonsense Apr 26, 2014 08:10 PM

        Fried oyster mushrooms. Button mushrooms in the style of orange chicken. Game changers.

        Also: need an environment more appropriate for Mother's Day.

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          ipsedixit RE: narcissisticnonsense Apr 26, 2014 08:19 PM

          Many Chinese people (and others of different nationality) go to Chinese vegetarian restaurants not just to eat vegetables, but because they lead a vegetarian lifestyle -- either by choice or by religion.

          Many of the vegetable dishes (even vegetable-only dishes) at typical (i.e., non-vegetarian) Chinese restaurants are prepped in such a way that they contain meat derivatives (e.g. pork stock or broth, conpoy, etc.)

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            narcissisticnonsense RE: ipsedixit Apr 26, 2014 10:30 PM

            yeah, but i know plenty of people that are flexible and like to seek out happy family and such. but button mushrooms, i guess - to each his own.

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              barryc RE: narcissisticnonsense Apr 27, 2014 12:23 PM

              you clearly don't get it, but at least you've chosen an appropriate moniker.

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                j_gordon RE: barryc Apr 27, 2014 02:34 PM

                I think by flexible he means not religious and not strict about meat derivatives. I know a lot of vegetarians that ease up their diet when at a restaurant for convenient's sake. And if we're just considering taste, I'd grab some leek dumplings at Luscious over Happy Family.

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          ns1 RE: ns1 Apr 26, 2014 10:48 PM

          This is where they're thinking...

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            ipsedixit RE: ns1 Apr 27, 2014 09:59 AM

            Go in with the expectation that they are more Indo-Malay-Thai (or, in other words SE Asian) Vegetarian than truly Chinese Vegetarian.

            Just FYI.

            They do good business, but I find their food inescapably bad.

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              ns1 RE: ns1 May 12, 2014 09:55 AM

              Reporting back from Bodhi Veggie Cuisine

              Overall pretty decent. Very nice restaurant - wide open spaces, giant tables, super comfy seats. Not what I expect from a chinese restaurant.

              Ordered ~10 dishes, mostly the classics. Overall good, nothing was bad, per se. Notable standouts were house special "chicken" w/ brown sauce (mushrooms), and fried shiitake mushrooms in orange sauce.

              Fairly heavy on the saucing, they lean sweet instead of salty so expect alot of sweet sauces and a lot less MSG.
              2 gratis rounds of dessert, 1 giant section of watermelon and some funky rice porridge like dessert.

              Good, and I might return for the seats and house special "chicken", but overall vege gourmet/happy family better IMO.

            2. barryc RE: ns1 Apr 27, 2014 12:27 PM

              know any chinese buddhists? you might ask them for recommendations.

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                ns1 RE: barryc Apr 27, 2014 12:42 PM

                Not a single one

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                Sgee RE: ns1 Apr 27, 2014 04:46 PM

                Vege Paradise @ Focus Plz.

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                  indigirl RE: Sgee Apr 27, 2014 09:06 PM

                  +1 on Vege Paradise. Get the crispy shiitake mushrooms! Skip the Buddha's delight, which is the only thing I've been really disappointed by there.

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                  ns1 RE: ns1 Apr 28, 2014 07:23 PM

                  Also: any of these places have beer? Need something to help with the msg.

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                    Kalivs RE: ns1 Apr 28, 2014 08:28 PM

                    I remember some discussion about QQ in Temple City. I believe it was in reference to an LAist article.

                    1. Mr Taster RE: ns1 Apr 29, 2014 12:08 PM

                      My vote for best Chinese veg 2014 is A菜

                      Mr Taster

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                        ns1 RE: Mr Taster Apr 29, 2014 12:11 PM


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                          raytamsgv RE: Mr Taster Apr 29, 2014 02:05 PM

                          Definitely an A-list choice.

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