Restaurant Review: Yuan Su Vegetarian in Portland, Oregon
Many American vegetarians and vegans avoid Chinese food like the plague due to the amount of animal products used. Everything from meat to fat to broth will creep into every dish on a typical Chinese menu. Yuan Su Vegetarian is where that trend stops.
Yuan Su Vegetarian creates 100% vegan, MSG-free, and GMO-free Chinese food in a large, former bar and performance space in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood of East Portland. The restaurant recently turned one and is currently on the down-low, so make sure to visit before they have lines out the door!
We recommend starting off your meal with the Sizzling Rice Soup. The light veggie broth and the crispy rice is great way to warm up and excite your palate.
The Mushroom Rolls are smoky and hearty, covered in a sweet, tangy, orange sauce.
Lovers of teriyaki chicken will not be disappointed with their vegan version. Their recipe tastes like dark meat covered in a light orange sauce. It’s lightly-fried and looks beautiful on the plate, but could benefit from a bit more acidity.
The Veggie Shrimp with Veggie Sea Cucumber stands out as one of the best dishes on the menu. Both “meats” have great texture, very similar to the original without tasting too spot-on, and are smothered in a complementary “seafood” sauce.
End the meal with their green tea blended in house, and you’re in for a treat. Vegans can now rejoice as they can welcome Chinese food back into their life without settling for a vegetable chow mein. There’s so much more than that at Yuan Su Vegetarian.
Brianne Nemiroff-Hagerty is a freelance writer and editor originally from Los Angeles, California. She has had her work published in multiple magazines including VIVA GLAM Magazine, One Green Planet, and CraftBeer.com. She is currently traveling around the U.S. and Canada discovering the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants, products, and festivals that each city has to offer!
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