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Category: Vegetarian

RED PAGODA

1408 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

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Time for a little Pho!!!! We went to Red Pagoda on a cold, crisp winter’s day, after a delightful morning snow-shoeing adventure up at Mount Seymour.

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Classy lil’ Pagoda

Red Pagoda doesn’t fit the mould for a typical Vancouver Vietnamese restaurant, but it’s on Commercial Drive, so that’s to be expected. Prices are slightly more than some other local Pho-eateries, but you won’t be disappointed by quantity or flavour! And you could take a date here because it’s not a grimy hole-in-the-wall.

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#26 Seafood and Pork Soup
(Sub veggies for pork)

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#17 Pagoda Hot and Sour Soup

Both the soups we tried were deeeeeliiciousss! Especially the Hot and Sour… I recommend!

Thanks Red Pagoda for the hot, tasty soups! NOM NOM

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HARVEST COMMUNITY FOODS

243 Union St, Vancouver, BC

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The 200 block of Union street in Chinatown has changed a lot in the last couple years. The whole block is now filled with boutique shops and restaurants with the exception of one remaining Chinese clothing store and an autoplan brokers. Harvest has been around since last summer, but it took me until now to set foot in the place.

Wares

Wares

Harvest Community Foods is a combination of a market and a cafe, which seems to be the trend lately in this neighborhood. I don’t know why anyone would come here for the “market” portion of the business, as they sell a totally random selection of products, some of which border on ridiculous. (Two cups of rolled oats in a mason jar…. why?).

But I heard that they added a mean Ramen to the cafe menu, and on a cold rainy day it was just what we were craving.

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Ramen w/ pork belly, corn, egg, candied bacon.

Ramen w/ pork belly, corn, egg, candied bacon.

Hazelnut Rice Noodles

Hazelnut Rice Noodles

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The Hazelnut Rice Noodles I had were delicious and really filling! And it was vegan! The sauce was made of ground Hazelnuts and it came with smoked chili oil. Considering that there are quite a few Vietnamese places close by to get a cheap bowl of noodles, the price was kind of steep. But I’m a sucker for Asian food with fancy ingredients, so I quite enjoyed it.

I give Harvest a NOM NOM.

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TANGENT CAFE

2095 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

Tangent Cafe is the new restaurant at Commercial and 5th ave. Over the last 5 years there have been three different restaurants at this location. Commercial Drivers will remember Me and Julios, the fun Mexican restaurant with the cheap drink specials. They lasted 4 years. Next came Sorry Babushka, whose name had me expecting tasty Eastern European treats, but instead offered a weird 90’s club vibe and shitty drinks.
I had low expectations when I first checked out Tangent and was pleasantly surprised! The decor is fresh and new, the menu is creative and the prices are reasonable.

White Bark Ale Mussels

The menu is a mix of Western food, (burgers, salads, wings… ) and Eastern, which in this case means Malaysian. Kind of a strange combo, but it works. I went for the mussels with Yam fries. They gave me a LOT of mussels and they were tasty and fresh.

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Beef Rendang

From the East we tried the Beef Rendang. It was tasty and came with some spicy beans and buttery roti.

I give Tangent Cafe a NOM NOM. I can’t wait to try some of their other menu items. And I am happy to have a decent restaurant back at that location.
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HANOI PHO

406 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC

Pho is a staple food in Vancouver. Everyone loves to go for a hot, filling bowl of Pho on a cold day. And everyone has a favorite Pho restaurant.

Sometimes vegetarians feel left out because all Vietnamese food is traditionally made with meat and meat-based broths. Really, there’s no reason that Vietnamese food can’t be made vegetarian, and fortunately a few Vancouver restaurants are finally starting to realize this. (See Three Jewels).

Hanoi Pho is my favorite because it’s a traditional Vietnamese restaurant that has evolved.

Shrimp Salad Rolls

Saucy sauces

Spring Rolls

And of course, the Vegetarian Pho. Jam-packed with fresh veggies and a combo of soft and fried tofu. Throw some beansprouts in, a little cilantro, some Hoisin…. BOOM, delicioso!

Veggie Pho

I give Hanoi Pho a big NOM NOM, for all my vegetarian needs.

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3G VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

3424 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC

3G is another another restaurant in the style of “Three Jewels” on commercial (maybe 3G stands for “Three Gems”??!!!).

Chinese food a la vegetarian, which means it includes a lot of fake meat products. I’ve visited 3G before for dinner and I remember enjoying it. This time we went for lunch.

Wonton Soup

Started off with a little won ton. They were filled with spinach. It was very “meh”.

Self-explanatory

Next up was stir-fried tofu and vegetables in sweet chili sauce. Tasted like what you make for dinner when you don’t really feel like cooking.

Curry Noodles

This was probably the worst one. It had some kind of mild flavored curry sauce that dyed your lips and tongue fluorescent yellow.

As much as it sounds like this place is not a winner, I think I need to give it one more try. The menu is huge and I think it might be possible that we just ordered very poorly. At lunch time they also offer a dim sum menu that might be a better way to go. And seriously, some of the stuff on the dinner menu sounds really interesting.

***I just looked at their website and learned that the 3 G’s are…. Graciousness, Gratefulness and Generosity. Therefore I Graciously, Gratefully  and Generously will withhold judgement on this place until I have tried it one more time. Third “G” ‘s the charm!!
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