I had the pleasure of eating at a vegan restaurant just next to the West Lake Cultural Square subway station(只纯素食餐厅) a few weeks ago. Being a meat lover myself, I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant, which sits just by the main road and hidden from prying eyes, has a calming green colour scheme to it which I found to be quite relaxing.
The menu was a definite eye-opener. I found myself looking for anything familiar – one of the dishes, although having a striking resemblance to egg, ended up being beans and pumpkin.
The most surprising dish for me was the jiaozi(dumplings). It had an assortment of flavours, all distinguished by a different colour of skin. Only natural flavours are used to change the colours of the outside: some examples are dragon fruit for the red jiaozi and black rice to colour the black jiaozi. The restaurant manager was quite patient and helpful in explaining any dish I needed help understanding, including what is used to make each dish.
Due to them not using more conventional (and lazier!) methods of flavouring, they are pushed to use more creative ways of affecting the colour, flavour and texture of the dishes. None of the dishes here use additives, milk, eggs or MSG, so can truly be considered 100% natural. Onions are also avoided as it causes bad breath, which in some beliefs can encourage bad energy.
Why go vegan?
A plant-based diet can prevent illnesses and problems related to Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke among many people. Getting on a vegan diet means you have to pay attention to what you eat and make sure you maintain a balanced diet doing so. Also, by being on a vegan diet you help reduce the amount of fossil fuel consumption, thereby reducing air pollution. A vegan diet helps to reduce the resources required it takes to raise and manufacture some of our more popularly known foods like milk and eggs. Said funding could be directed at feeding undernourished people all around the world and help reduce famine.
For more details on why more and more people are making the switch to being vegan visit http://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/why-go-vegan
Address: 1F, Xiandai Building, Zhongshan Zhong Lu (20 metres from Westlake Cultural Square Exit C)中山北路607号现代城建大厦一楼，地铁一号线“西湖文化广场站” C口20米
Opening times: 09:00-14:00, 16:00-21:00