VeggieBoards banner

1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
279 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
went to a Japanese restaurant last night. Ordered Vegetable Udon which was listed as steamed vegetables in a "thick Japanese noodle soup." There was a thing in my soup that was white and circular with a pink rim. I asked my vegan friend (who ordered the same) and he said "its a daigon (spelling?). a japanese radish. dont worry, its a vegetable." I ate one and it tasted funny...sort of spongy. my husband saw it and said "DONT EAT THAT" and took the others out of my bowl. some friends continued to insist it was this kind of radish. my husband (having grown up in singapore said that it wasnt). we asked the waitress and she said very casually "Oh, its a fish cake." UGGGGGGGGGGGH.<br><br><br><br>
is it so damn hard to list what is in the freakin soup?? "steamed vegetables" is not a catch all term for fish cakes. fish cakes do not go under the "steamed vegetable" category.<br><br><br><br>
good god I was annoyed. please sympathize with me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
XOXOXO<br><br>
Beth
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
0 Posts
[[[hugs]]]] I know how you feel..when I buy something, read the label at the store, and then get it home and make it, again reading the label or not, I get very upset that I ate or almost ate it...who says "everything" needs chicken broth or fat to taste good? Vegetarian broth tastes better to me and is less fat. I have started simmering/stirfrying my veggies in vegetablke broth instead of any oil or fats...and they are wonderful
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
142 Posts
oh poor thing! i know the stuff you are talking about (my mom's side is japanese) - that stuff is very deceiving - i don't even want to know how they get it to look like that!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,520 Posts
Never eat noodle in Japanese rest!!! Their soup base ALWAYS contain fish extract<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> . Actually, although Japanese food are healthy but can almost never be vegan. Trace of fish is all over the place. Once I bought some Japanese spongy cake that use fish oil-based shortening!! Talking about fish, they are even in the chocolate cake!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
776 Posts
You poor thing! Don't worry though, it is all over now. It happens now and again and it can't be helped. It makes you feel upset though I know.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,748 Posts
I thought I heard/read somewhere that Japanese restaurants were actually good places for vegetarians. I guess that might not be true.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
19,873 Posts
No, as freemouse said it's next to impossible to get anything vegetarian and even if you do you can never be sure of what you're eating. I never really liked Japanese food anyway and now I just don't even bother.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,301 Posts
The only Japanese food that you can count on to be Vegan is Shojin food (that is the style from the Zen Monestaries).<br><br><br><br>
Yes - that was fishcake, and I didn't even like it when I was a meat eater!! :)<br><br><br><br>
Japanese RESTAURANTS are not good for vegetarians (like someone said - fish is in everything - and it's pretty much true).<br><br>
however<br><br>
Japan offers so many wonderful vegan-friendly foods - we can forgive their inability to be totally meatless in the restaurants. In any Japanese market (and often times even the 7-11) you can find a huge varieties of rice products, all sorts of seaweeds, kanten "jello" (made from seaweed), a host of vegan pickled vegetables, miso (be careful though - some "instant" types have fish dashi in it), tofu, okara, yuba, and so much more!!! If you're a vegetarian - a Japanese grocery store is like DisneyLand!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,520 Posts
dvmarie I hear you. I live in Hawaii which is pretty much half Japan. Japanese versions of Jell-o are vegan, thank God!! One thing bugs me the most is that natto (you love it too, right?) sauce contains fish extract----and I loved it before I found out!!<br><br>
Now I have to throw away the little packets <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">.<br><br><br><br>
Okara rocks!! (tofu-making leftover????) I use it to make vegan burger and even cookies<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> .
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
142 Posts
nato! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> that stuff smells like butt. my grandparents got me to try it once, but i just couldn't take the stringy goobers coming off it...<br><br><br><br>
it's such a strange food though, either you LOVE it (as most of my japanese side (also in hawaii) does), or you HATE it - i don't think there is a happy medium.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,301 Posts
Freemouse: I wasn't aware that Natto had fish extract in it. I'll have to look into that. I eat Natto - and I admit to liking it (in a strange sort of way). It's got a long history, and it's supposed to be sooooooo goooood for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I'll get back about the fish thing - hopefully it's only certain brands.<br><br><br><br>
vegcat: What are you doing smelling butt??<br><br><br><br>
p.s: I'm also orginally from Hawaii you guys - one of those Waialua Hippy types <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
142 Posts
lol! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> that's what cats do! it's in my nature! *wink*<br><br><br><br>
well, maybe it's that butt smells like natto...but butt is definetly involved in this equation somewhere.<br><br><br><br>
i actually wish i could stomach the stuff, cuz among its other benefits, it's also a great source of B12!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,301 Posts
Only a segment of the Japanese population eats Natto (folks around Tokyo area) - most all others despise it too hahaha.<br><br><br><br>
I have directions on how to make it at home, but I haven't done it yet (need to get the natto baccilus stuff which is kind of like a starter for it....jeez doesn't that sound threatening??...."back off or I'll inject you with this natto baccilus!!").
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Top