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Is there anything vegan in Chinese seafood restaurants?

Question by Isabella: Is there anything vegan in Chinese seafood restaurants?
My friends want to meet for lunch after years and they decided to meet at a Chinese seafood restaurant. I am the only vegan person among the large group. I am concerned because the last time I was at another Chinese seafood restaurant even plain steamed rice smelled like fish and I was offered a “veggie” dish that had chunks of meat or chicken removed, which I declined, but I was still sick even after eating the plain rice for a few days – so there must have been something “secret” added to it, and I do not want to be sick again. I did not see any clearly labeled vegan or even vegetarian dishes on the online menu of the restaurant we are to meet at.

So – are there any vegan Chinese dishes? Thank you for your help!
That’s the place http://www.capital-seafood.com/irvine/

Thank you for all your help!
Rayehawk,
I have several Chinese friends and was in various local, small restaurants with them in the past – as a vegetarian – and on several occasions I was at the buffet and was asking for vegetarian dish, telling the server I do not eat meat, and that’s exactly what they did – they told me I can just eat veggies from the “meat and veggie” or “chicken and veggie” dish, and leave the chunks of meat out. I do not know whether my Chinese friends chose restaurants where servers were totally ignorant about anything vegetarian, not mentioning vegan, but after a few times like this, and after eating rice tasting like fish, I did not want to go to other Chinese restaurants.

While I am aware that Chinese have great veggie dishes, great natural medicine, etc., my problem is that the employees at Chinese restaurants I went to in Southern California seem to be totally ignorant as to what is vegetarian, not mentioning vegan. I remember once a server pointing out a veggie dish for me on the men
on the menu, and the description read that it was veggies based on a chicken broth or something. I do not have problems with $ $ $ $ $ restaurants – they always have vegan dishes – but the small family restaurants have employees that totally do not understand what vegetarians or vegans eat/do not eat.
And this applies to most small restaurants. However, in many restaurants I can just get a tossed green salad with no dressing – and this is not an option at a Chinese seafood restaurant.

Best answer:

Answer by Professor Logical
I’m sure vegan Chinese dishes exist, but there’s no way for me to tell you if they’ll appear on your local restaurant’s menu.

Look at it this way. Are these friends of yours close to you? If yes, I’m sure they’ll understand that you (a vegan) won’t be able to eat much there. Maybe they’d even offer to choose somewhere else if you spoke up? If that’s not an option, just eat something beforehand and if you DO spot something small and vegan on the menu, order that — otherwise stick to beverages.

And if they’re not very good friends in the first place, just skip it altogether.

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3 thoughts on “Is there anything vegan in Chinese seafood restaurants?”

  1. Yo shouldn’t have to worry so much about it.. and your friends should not care. the fact yall are hanging out together and enjoying time with each other is what should only matter.if there is nothing to eat there do not make a big deal out of it. Really.. that is one way to ruin any gathering. God luck

  2. call the restaurant and ask so you will know beforehand. 🙂
    also, im sure you can request they prepare your food with tofu…

  3. “I was at another Chinese seafood restaurant even plain steamed rice smelled like fish and I was offered a “veggie” dish that had chunks of meat or chicken removed, which I declined, but I was still sick even after eating the plain rice for a few days – so there must have been something “secret” added to it, and I do not want to be sick again. ”

    WOW! I haven’t seen anyone as bigoted as you seem to be for a long time.

    Of course there are vegetarian and vegan Chinese dishes. Many Buddhists are vegetarians, and some don’t even believe in harming vegetables, so won’t eat root veggies.

    Chinese people cook plain steamed rice just like Americans and Brits – with water. No secrets involved.

    All you have to do is ask the waiter. Tell them you want vegan food – vegetables, soy sauce, tofu are all vegan.

    And the idea you have that someone removed meat from a veggie dish? Why would you think that?

    When it comes to vegetarianism and spirituality OR health, the Chinese are generations beyond us. Why do you think the way you do?

    Very few restaurants have many vegan choices – you’re probably better off at Chinese.

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