Another Veggie Option: Bean Sprouts

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When it comes to a proper sit-down vegetarian restaurant, it seems you’re most likely to end up at one with an Asian twist, they just know how to do it right. Mexican and American style vegetarian cooking has a long way to go to catch up to the great veggie cuisine coming out of that far away continent. And it looks like Asian cooking is going to push ahead from the non-race just a bit more with this latest addition to the menu: Bean Sprouts Vegetarian Restaurant.

As you may have noticed, when it comes to understanding the intricate complexities of food preparation and the delicate balance of flavors that turns food into an oeuvre , I am a fucking brute. But I know what I like. And I sure do like the grub I’ve been getting here, which includes the following:

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The complimentary dish of sprouts with celery-carrot-mushroom slivers doused in some subtle sauce is very appreciated, like a bowl of chips to keep the hunger monster at bay.

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The hot and sour soup is unlike any other I’ve tasted, very light, fresh and not quite what I expected, but enjoyable. They skip that whole “heaviness” ingredient here, I guess it’s part of the Taiwanese style cuisine the waiter mentions. Not that I would notice any difference, I ain’t be knowing anything about nothing!

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The crispy seaweed wrap w/ bean curd skin are quite amazing: crispy, sweet, and with that powerful taste of the ocean the seaweed contributes. An excellent appetizer.

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My friend likes the “dan-dan rice” special, some sort of pickled ingredients.

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But I just love the oily Wonton with Hot Spicy Sauce, an incredible explosion of flavor packed into some nice floury shapes.

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The Crispy Soy Chicken goes perfectly with the wonton sauce, they just scream to be dunked into the that oily mess of perfection, along with the fried leaves of basil.

It’s a perfect veggie meal!

Bean Sprouts
103 E. Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA 91006
626.254.8708

2 Replies to “Another Veggie Option: Bean Sprouts”

  1. Holy moly. That’s the prettiest veggie food I’ve seen in a while.

    Heads up – Flor de Loto in Huntington Park does an interesting vegetarian Mexican food. They even use the Asian fake meats.

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