Chinese Vegetarian Dinner
A standard Chinese vegetarian meal involves a lot of tofu and soy. The dishes at Vege Paradise are Taiwanese-inspired.
Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms
This was the "meatiest" dish of the bunch. It's shiitake mushrooms sauteed with a heavy sauce and topped with sesame seeds over a bed of shredded lettuce.
Crispy "Chicken" Nuggets with Basil
This is a vegetarian take on Taiwanese popcorn chicken. It's sauteed with basil.
Kung Pao "Shrimp"
A popular dish among Westerners, the realistic-looking kung pao "shrimp" is mixed in with cold cucumber slices, peanuts and chili peppers.
Chopped Mustard Green with Bean Curd Sheet
This is a relatively straightforward cold vegetable dish. It consists of mustard greens, edamame beans, and bean curd sheets.
Shredded "Pork" with Baby Bamboo
One of the most convincing faux meat dishes, the "pork" is made with soy and served with tender shoots of baby bamboo. This goes great with white rice.
"Fish" with Tofu and Hot Bean Sauce
It's all about presentation at Chinese vegetarian restaurants. The "fish" is made with soy and the "skin" wrapped around it is made from seaweed.
"Kidney" with Basil
Another classic Taiwanese dish, the "kidney" is made with konnyaku, a jelly made from yam starch. The slices on the "kidneys" are a decorative addition. They're made to imitate the texture of a typical Chinese pork kidney dish.
Sliced "Sausage" with Pickled Napa Cabbage
The sliced "sausage" is made with wheat gluten. The pickled cabbage gives the dish a sour taste.