So I've been L-O for just over a month now, with veganism eventually in mind. But I slipped up for the first time last night, and it happened to be at an Asian restaurant.
It was my friend's birthday, and she invited me and my boyfriend out to dinner at this popular Asian restaurant to celebrate it. It was the first time I'd been there since I became vegetarian, and I was realizing, looking at the menu, just how few options I had. My personal favorite was the "Thai Vegetarian Chili", which had a note at the bottom: has a chicken stock base. Real vegetarian right there! I decided to get an appetizer of edemame and one of the specials, a vegetable platter with tofu. Now I didn't ask about the animal content of that vegetable platter because why would I need to? It's vegetables, dammit! And tofu, that means vegetarian, right?
So the edamame was tasty, of course - it's hard to screw that up. But when I got the vegetable platter, I took a few bites, and realized something was wrong. Yes, the entire thing was cooked in chicken stock, and it made me want to throw up. I asked the waitress about it, and she informed me that they have no vegetable stock, that almost everything in the store was cooked in chicken stock. (I explained this situation to my friend, and she didn't understand, and suggested it was "fake chicken.") She had the decency to remove it from the bill upon checkout, however, which is nicer than what some stores would have done.
What do you eat at Asian restaurants? How do you navigate a menu so heavily based upon animal products and such? Do you stick to the safe stuff like edamame, or is there anything a bit more flavorful that you like to order?