It was the noisy last night of the Stanley Cup above the general din, (we got there after the Bruins clinched it), and we grabbed two seats at the bar. When I looked through the menu I got that "chicken stock in the vegetable dishes" feeling. I asked the bartender if he knew what a vegan was and his, "What?!" was a combination of puzzlement, (really, never heard the word vegan before ... ok), and annoyance, (another pain in the ass special needs diner mucking up an outstanding revenue stream. I asked him where he was from and when the answer was "Hong Kong", (no, not Polynesia silly), I whipped out my VeggiePassport and laid some kanji on him.
Immediately defensive, he said the only thing was steamed veggies with soy sauce because how could they know if they used a powder or something if there was animal product or not. OK, that's one of the most honest answers I have gotten ... to my knowledge. So I went with the steamed veggies and when I asked if they could do fried rice, (somehow I forgot to ask for brown rice but seeing it on the menu would have jogged my memory. I didn't see it), and he thought for a moment and said sure, no egg.
Here's the result which aside from some of the veggies tasting a bit canned, was pretty good. Of course, slathering it with duck sauce, mustard, soy sauce and hot chili sauce helped! And I must say the fried rice was "shovel in your face" good. So this proves you can always find something. Well almost always.
|Standard steamed veggies with deep fried tofu.|