While people here in China eat plenty of veggies and eat fairly well health-wise (barely any fatties here ) , it can be tough to be a vegetarian. While ordering tofu sounds like a good choice for the vegetable-oriented among us , keep in mind that small bits of pork and beef are almost certain to be included. Stir-fried spinach sounds good? Yes , but only if you like the small dried shrimp that comes with it. And to make matters worse pretty much all the meals you can get at a restaurant are bound to be cooked in oil that was used to cook meat , or the wok wasn’t cleaned off and animal oils abound in it. Animal rights aren’t so hot here and people making the choice to not eat animals are pretty much limited to the Buddhist monks eating at their temples.
This may make matters tough for vegans/vegetarians planning on moving to or traveling in China. However , besides home-cooked options , there are a growing number of options available. Like I mentioned earlier , Buddhist temples are a sure-fire way of getting cheap , delicious, vegetarian fare but we have other places as well.
One of these places , recently discovered by me after a mention in That’s Shanghai , is Taiwan 7 Brother . Ohhh man is it good! The menu features a lot of veggie products designed to resemble meat and trick the eater into believing its meat, inda like Morning Star veggie bacon and spare ribs, as well as the just straight these are super tasty veggies enjoy dishes.
I sucked down the Spicy Numbing Tofu with fake pork , eggplant with pepper and carrot , and the amazing , thick , Shepard’s Herb ( Not exactly sure what that is ) Soup. The three dishes plus two bowls of rice hit the wallet for 60rmb (~$9.50) and was plenty to stuff two people . It’s a great find for those vegetarians , people who like good food , and people who are looking for healthy dining options ( the food was not loaded with oil like many restaurants here are known for doing ) .
Taiwan 7 Brother can be found at Dapuqiao Line 9 Metro Station’s SML basement found court. It’s tucked away near entrance #2 in the newly opened Taiwan Food Town near the 7/11 . Happy Eatings! (And be jealous all my Ohioan friends , mwhaha!)
Oh , and also in case you were wondering about the name. 7 and older brother are said qi and ge , respectively. Qige sounds like Vegan . Taa – daa!