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I almost never eat Chinese food from a restaurant as I never know what to order. Most places just list the name of a dish and nothing else (besides the price, of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> ).<br><br><br><br>
So, I wondered if you guys could help me with some names of some yummy Chinese Meals that are vegan (or I could make vegan by having them omit meat, etc) AND... are on the sweeter side of the palate range.<br><br><br><br>
I naturally prefer meals that have a certain sweetness to them and always have. Just goes down nicer. YKWIM?<br><br><br><br>
So... next time I walk in a place (or order take out from up the street), what do you suggest I try?<br><br><br><br>
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Asian food is difficult.<br><br><br><br>
While dairy is not ususally found in Asian food, you will have problems avoiding fish sauce, oyster sauce, nuoc mam (fish sauce), shrimp paste, whole shrimp and egg.<br><br><br><br>
Many traditional stir frys use egg, usually cracked over the fry during cooking.<br><br><br><br>
Many Asian dishes also use fish sauces (outlined above) for flavor.<br><br><br><br>
Your best bet is to approach you server and simply tell them you do not eat any meat or seafood and SPECIFY fish or oyster sauce, etc.... Many asian restaurants can and will cook Buddhist dishes which could meet your needs, but other restaurants may not understand vegan or Buddhist cuisine.<br><br><br><br>
"Many Buddhist traditions state the Buddha himself taught that meat offered as charity to monks and nuns should not be refused (as this was the only way for them to gain sustenance), unless the killing was done specifically for the monks and nuns." From Wikipedia<br><br><br><br>
So, in short, just talk to the server and be specific or you may get a surprise.
 

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Yes, I am very familiar with the various additions to asian food that make it not vegan.<br><br><br><br>
But that's not what I'm looking for... I need dish name suggestions for the sweeter dishes...please?<br><br><br><br>
I've already tried at a few places to find out what I could order that was SWEET-ish but it was too difficult with the language barrier when one starts to ask "too many things". They ended up confused, and I'd end up frustrated. And hungry b/c I've been told too many times there was nothing I could order. I know that isn't true and they were just saying that b/c either (a) they didn't want to accomodate me or (b) didn't properly understand what I was trying to convey.<br><br><br><br>
That's why I was asking here for a few names of "sweet" dishes on the menu from which I could make simple alterations. This way, everyone is happy.<br><br><br><br>
Besides, I'm getting bored with the same thai dishes. (One restaurant serves Thai, Japanese and has a huge chinese menu, too. They do NOT use any fish or shrimp paste or sauce. It would be nice to try something else from the menu other than my "go-to" curry thai dishes.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Tx for the help!
 

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Sorry I have no idea. Everything I've been able to eat at chinese places has been salty. The sweet sauces are always poured over fried meat, as far as I've seen.<br><br><br><br>
I agree with the other info about oyster sauce / fish sauce. You have to be very, very clear about it.
 

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Dishes vary so much by restaurant that even dishes with the same name might be sweet at one place and not at another. The place I go to most often has Sweet and Sour Chicken/Pork/Shrimp and is able to make it without the meat. They also have a Mandarin Beef dish that has a sweet sauce. That sauce is really good on snap peas! For some reason, their Chicken & Vegetables special is in a super sweet sauce too. Any chance of finding someone who speaks fluent English at this place?<br><br><br><br>
There's a take-out place I go to that won't make any main dish vegetarian, but has little packets of an orange sauce called Duck Sauce. It was sweet and vegan (which I never would have guessed if the ingredients weren't printed on the packet, LOL). I've mixed that with white rice and their side of vegetables.
 

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You might try any "Buddha's ________" dish. Buddha's Delight, Buddha's Treasure, Buddha's Basket, etc. It's typically 8 (I think?) vegetables steamed or stir fried in a light sauce, and is always* vegan. It may be served with soft noodles or with rice.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
*I'm pretty sure.
 

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A lot of places will have a "family style" or "home style" bean curd. That has a fairly sweet sauce assuming that by sweet you don't mean american sweet and sour or american lemon chicken. Almost nothing is that sweet (except those and similar dishes).
 

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Many places offer a vegetarian menu that features things from plain steamed veggies to all-out mock meats made of seitan or tofu. Veggie General's chik'n or Orange chik'n are kinda sweet and spicy, as well as broccoli with garlic sauce (doesn't sound sweet, but it is). Check with your local restaurant to see if they use egg noodles or rice noodles for their lo meins and such... if they use rice, there is a pretty good dish called Noodles with Sesame Sauce.. it has a sweet but spicy Thai-peanutty flavor if you're into that. Or, you could always order plain steamed veggies and rice and either ask for a sweet sauce on the side or just use the little packets of duck sauce they usually give you with your food.<br><br><br><br>
Depending on where you live, you might be able to find an all-vegetarian Asian restaurant (they seem to be rather popular in the South NJ/Philly area).. They are accustomed to serving vegan customers, so they are well-prepared for answering questions and altering dishes to be 100% vegan. It's fun to go into a restaurant and know that you can order almost anything on the menu... good luck
 

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There is an eggplant dish that I usually get that is sweet and spicy. At PF Changs, they call it stir-fry eggplant and it's cooked in a chili pepper sauce. So good. I know PF Changs is kind of "American" but they have a lot of good vegetarian choices. HTH.
 
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