Monday, May 16, 2011
QUAN YIN CHAY -- Veggie Good Eating
Many years ago, I became a lacto-ovo vegetarian.
I ate only vegetables and dairy and egg products. This phase lasted for four years.
Since I shifted back to being carnivorous (or omnivorous in my case), I still pop back into vegetarian mode for 40 days each year, specifically during the lenten season.
I still find it easy to just stop eating all meat and sea food specially when there are many delicious dishes for vegetarians.
There is a very good vegetarian restaurant in the heart of
Chinatown called Quan Yin Chay.
If you are on Ongpin Street, turn at Salazar and you will find it at the very end, where Salazar intersects Masangkay.
Quan Yin Chay has been around for ages and offers a lot of vegan dishes.
Choose from sauteed veggies like spinach, broccoli, bok choy, chinese style fresh lumpia.
There are all sorts of mock meat dishes like gluten barbecue, mock pata tim, mock asado, mock kare kare.
Ampalaya with mock beef. There's mock chicken empanada even a vegan ginataan and pancit palabok.
However, I am not too keen on the veggie meat and gluten dishes that are all masquerading as meat imitations.
I should think it would be harder to keep to the vegetarian lifestyle
if you constantly tempt yourself with dishes that still remind you of meat.
That said, the food at Quan Yin Chay is all yummy and it's all veggie.
I can't say that it's all healthy though since some of the dishes are deep fried or sauteed in a lot of oil.
If you want a vegetarian pantry at home, Quan Yin Chay also has a fully stocked
mini store selling everything you could ever need to make that lifestyle shift.
Next time you're in Chinatown, try something different.
Quan Yin Chay welcomes vegetarians, vegans, carnivores and omnivores alike.