I don’t know how it happened, but I think I have eaten more vegetarian burgers in Taipei than beef ones. I can’t complain however, as the quality has impressed a red-meat lover like myself. My latest burger escapade was at Miss Green 環保有機飲食概念店 (not exactly a Chinese translation of the name, but I’m not sure it even has one…) in Taipei. The cozy restaurant is completely vegan, for those who went vegetarian but then wanted to go the extra mile. Though the menu is small, there are some good choices that suit the urban nature aesthetic of the interior. And yes, they have brownies. Check out more photos after the jump.
To be honest, the phrase “vegetarian hamburger” doesn’t get me excited. When I think of hamburgers, I think of the biggest chunk of meat oozing with juice and slathered in barbeque sauce. About Animals 動物誌 has none of that, but it does have probably the best veggie hamburger I’ve ever had. The bread also rivals its more meatier counterparts, so it is certainly worth visiting even if it may be a bit out of your area of comfort. More info after the jump.
Taipei is often celebrated for its diversity of food. From small snacks to big banquets, from local traditional eats to modern western dishes, Taipei has a lot to offer. Outside of Taiwanese and Chinese food, I would have to say the city’s Japanese options are hard to top. Hoshina 穗科 is an udon shop looks like it was lifted straight out of Japan, and it may be the best udon I’ve ever had. As an added bonus (or penalty depending on who you are), it’s completely vegetarian! Check out more info after the jump.
Travel back to the Imperial Court of China at King Join 京兆尹 in Taipei. However, there’s a twist… it’s all vegetarian! The Manchu inspired dishes abolish meat for a more animal friendly alternative. It may sound strange to see these classic dishes without any meat, but your stomach won’t mind at all. Check out some pictures from my recent visit.
Hidden among all the mochi in Hualien is an interesting restaurant/museum/art gallery hybrid known as Flower Space 花草空間. I came here for the vegetarian food, but little did I know that inside was a very fanciful art gallery of very small settings all made of clay. The craftsmanship is incredible, and the food wasn’t so bad either. Check out some more photos after the jump.
Tasty is a popular restaurant all over Taiwan due to its dearth of food and nice presentation. If you enjoy Tasty, but don’t want all the meat, then Sufood 舒果 is for you. It’s basically a vegetarian clone of Tasty, and it’s even owned by the same company! Sufood has some diverse menu options that I haven’t seen at any other vegetarian restaurants. Check out more info after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
Every time I get pizza, I always opt for whichever has the most meat. Sometimes it may be called meat lover’s pizza, or four sausage pizza, but as long as it’s covered with meat I’m up for it. I had to change my strategy at Part Time Su 偶爾素一下 in Taipei since it’s a vegan pizza place. Can a pizza be called such without a quarter pound of sausage lathered on top? I enter a disturbing, yet tasty world of meatless pizza after the jump.
The vegan eatery Vege Creek 蔬河 has mix of interesting gimmicks. Is it a hot pot restaurant? A ramen place? A supermarket? The restaurant cherry picks some aspects from all of these places while mixing in some other creative ideas, such as having only one long table in the entire restaurant that everyone eats around. It is definitely one of the more distinctive restaurants I’ve been to in Taiwan. Check out some info after the jump.
Unbeknownst to me, Loving Hut 愛家國際餐飲 is a worldwide vegan restaurant chain, with many stores located in Taiwan. There are many different types as well, ranging from fast food to international fusion to hot pot. After doing some research, I was quite surprised to learn that the chain was so massive and there were actually a few near my home in America. Thankfully, I am no longer woefully ignorant as I made my first trip to a Loving Hut recently. Check out some photos after the jump.
If you’re looking for a vegetarian restaurant that also provides a very zen atmosphere, Easy House 寬心園 has you covered. You can find numerous Easy Houses throughout Taiwan and a few in Taipei. I had been to one in Banqiao that closely resembled an American restaurant, but the most recent one I visited traded in kitschy road signs for Buddha statues and a more traditional menu. I feel that if I am eating vegetarian food, I want the ambiance to match. Check out more info after the jump.