Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Chinese New Year and Pancake Day

I am little late posting these pics we took on Sunday at Chinese New Year. We went to a vegetarian Chinese restaurant called Garden Wok in Tarzana that we found out about on the internet a while ago and just got round to trying out. Almost everything on the menu was vegan. The three or so things that weren’t were clearly marked. We decided to order the Complete Dinner which included an appetizer sampler, soup, entrĂ©e and ice cream to finish. Needless to say it was far too much! It was really scrummy and we will definitely be back. The photos were all taken on my phone so they are not the greatest...
Spring roll, crispy wonton and chicken drumstick (the drumstick wasn’t actually vegan...I probably should have asked them to miss it out or substitute it, but I forgot when ordering).
My Corn Tofu soup. I realised when eating this that it has been years since I have eaten any kind of soup in a Chinese restaurant. I am never quite convinced that it will be vegetarian, but in this case I was pretty sure!
Wee G had Wonton soup. He also tried mine and said mine was better...ha ha!!

“Chicken” curry. This was Wee G’s main course. He really enjoyed it as he always loves getting curry at the Chinese places at home. This was a little spicier than most at home, but he still loved it!
For my main, I got Asian Flavoured Tofu. It came with a choice of sauce and I chose home style. It was so nice...a little sweet and a little spicy and a whole lot yummy! I really love fried tofu from the Chinese, but I prefer a little less tofu and a little more veggies on my plate, so I will have to find something more veggielicous next time...any excuse to go back!!

I never got a photo of the ice cream...we were too busy eating it!! I had cherry soy ice cream and Wee G had blueberry...yum!

And today is Pancake Day which is traditionally the day to use up all the stuff you’re supposed to give up for lent. I think it’s generally called Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) here in the U.S. We are not religious, but always happy to eat pancakes!! We had these yesterday for brunch as Wee G had the day off work. I always use this recipe (halved, and omitting the oil) for our pancakes and I usually use about half whole wheat flour and half white flour. Yesterday I made them with all whole wheat pastry flour and they were so good!! I only recently discovered whole wheat pastry flour and now I am using it for everything! For about the first six mouthfuls all I could get out of Wee G was “Mmmmmmmmmmmm”, so I think he liked them!

We had these with some apple, mango and kiwi fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon!


aTxVegn said...

Your tofu dinner looks really good, although you're right - it could use a few more veggies. Pancakes were a great idea. I love using WW pastry flour. I love all the different flavored flours. They are so much more interesting than plain ol' white!

bazu said...

Those pancakes are the prettiest, fluffiest ones I've seen! This year, I'm celebrating Mardi Gras without the pesky giving up something for Lent thing. =) Last year, I gave up sugar (including natural ones), and that was SO mind-numbingly difficult.

scottishvegan said...

atxvegn, I’ll need to start looking for some other different flours now and start experimenting!

Bazu, my husband took the photos of the pancakes...I think that’s why they look pretty good. He’s a much better photographer than me! I don’t think I would even attempt to give up sugar! I would miss chocolate too much!

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