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COMPASS MAGAZINE > October 2010
 

Healthy vibes with vegetarian dining--Chuan Xiang Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant, Li Ren Sun Mian Vegetarian Restaurant, Ju Zhong Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant, Xia Fan Dian (Eat Rice) Vegetarian Restaurant,Cheng Shi Vegetarian Restaurant

By Lishea Zheng
Translated by Naomi Lai

Whether it is for religious purposes, personal health or environmental concerns, a growing number of people are opting to become vegetarians. This includes many members of a younger generation who are also falling in love with the simplicity and energy-boosting benefits of a vegetarian diet. Thankfully, Taichung continues to see more than its share of places to discover the flavorful joys of a fruit and vegetable based meal.

 

Chuan Xiang Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant

Chuan Xiang Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant

 

 

Chuan Xiang Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant

(04) 2319-3530
9, DaRong E 1st St
Hours: 11:30 am-2pm;5-8:30 pm
closed Mondays
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.

Shanxi Sliced Noodles, Cat Ears Pasta (similar to orecchiette) and Steamed Dumplings are the owner's specialties here. Use of culinary skills passed down through the family for over 30 years results in nine authentic northern noodle delights. The Spicy Pickled Cabbage Noodles (NT$85) are packed with the sour but delicious flavors of pickled cabbage. The Steamed Dumplings (NT$90/steamer) are stuffed with cabbage, black fungus, green bean noodles, fried bean curd and mushrooms. Also on the menu are nine types of stir-fry dishes (NT$120), Sweet and Sour Yams (NT$200), Xiang Yuan Stir-Fry (NT$180), Kung Pao Cabbage (NT$120), Stir-Fried Black Fungus With Cat Ears (NT$120), and Sour and Spicy Soup (NT$55). All dishes are fresh-made when ordered. Appetizers (NT$35) include Pickled Potatoes, and Hot White Gourd Tea is served at the restaurant. Take-out frozen dumplings are NT$200 for 50 dumplings.

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Li Ren Sun Mian Vegetarian Restaurant

Li Ren Sun Mian Vegetarian Restaurant

3, TaiZhongGang Rd (Taichung Port Rd), Sec 2
(across from Evergreen Laurel Hotel)
Hours: 11 am-9:30 pm (closed Sundays and government holidays)
Credit cards not accepted.

Li Ren uses only certified organic and natural vegetables, with the aim of directing the earth's energy into the restaurant's wonderful cuisine. Entrees (NT$90-120) include soup (rice can be ordered separately). Add NT$60 for a meal set with additional salad and dessert. Hot Pots (NT$250) include white rice and dessert. This place also serves nine types of light snacks (NT$40-70) and beverages (NT$60-140) such as cold/hot tea, fruit vinegar and juice. Kimchi Bibimbap (NT$170) can be made with white or five-grain rice. A meal set includes White Gourd Soup, salad and sweet beverage. Other dishes on the menu include Sichuan Tofu Pot Set (NT$180, original or mild) and Organic Modanyaki (Japanese Pancake, NT$110), made with a variety of vegetables, noodles and dried seaweed. Appetizers (NT$40) include Vegetarian Snails, and Seaweed. The second floor also features various books and a reading area where you can spend a leisurely afternoon.

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Ju Zhong Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant

Ju Zhong Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant

 

Ju Zhong Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant

(04) 2327-4318
101, DaDun 19th St
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 5:30-8 pm
closed Sundays
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge

This restaurant is hidden on a street corner behind greenery and bamboo fences. You can explore summery, sweet and smooth mango flavors by combining Handmade Caramel Panna Cotta (NT$30) with fruit (NT$60). Eight to 10 types of appetizers (NT$20/plate) include Okinawa Spinach (gynura bicolor) with Black Sesame Sauce, Bitter Gourd with Fruit Vinegar, Ferns with Tomato, and Pickled Lappa Burdock (greater burdock). Other delicacies on the menu include Wonton Noodles (NT$70), with wontons made from seasonal vegetables such as baby bak choi and fennel. In October you can also try their unique Black Sesame Sauce Cold Noodles and Nanman Curry Noodles (NT$70 more for extra curry with peanut powder), which are both colorful, refreshing dishes. Among other special appetizers are Seasonal Vegetables (NT$60) and the crispy Pickled Black Fungus and Bamboo (NT$90).

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Xia Fan Dian (Eat Rice) Vegetarian Restaurant

Xia Fan Dian (Eat Rice) Vegetarian Restaurant

Xia Fan Dian (Eat Rice) Vegetarian Restaurant

(04) 2254-2658
531, GongYi Rd, Sec 2
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 5:30-9 pm
closed Mondays
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.

This restaurant has a minimalist first-floor kitchen and ordering area. The second floor is a white-colored, open family dining area with special chairs and tables for children, plus toy boxes to keep them entertained. The menu includes colorful dishes like Fruit and Vegetable Wraps (NT$60, 3 wraps), packed with various vegetables and five-grain powder; Fruit Yogurt (NT$70) made with seasonal berries or passion fruit, cranberry yogurt, bananas, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, raisins and pumpkin seeds; and Vegetable Noodles Soup (NT$100), featuring tomatoes, red yeast rice miso, pumpkin and various vegetables. Bibimbap (NT$120) has Chinese mahogany and pine nut flavorings and Kimchi flavors. Other dishes include Fried Tofu with Tender Green and Rice (NT$130), with stewed tofu and mushrooms, and Plum Juice Pickled Pumpkin as a side dish.

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Cheng Shi Vegetarian Restaurant

Cheng Shi Vegetarian Restaurant

Cheng Shi Vegetarian Restaurant

(04) 2329-2789
29, JingCheng 22nd St
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 5-9 pm
closed Wednesdays, except 1st/15th days of the lunar calendar
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge. Minimum purchase NT$80.

This restaurant is decorated with a Japanese zen-style fashion and bright glass windows. The owner has a special love for fried foods and learned to make his tempura from masters in Japan. The store special is the Tempura Cold Noodles (NT$160), made with fresh seasonal vegetables such as sweet potatoes, green vegetables, baby corn, carrots and king oyster mushrooms. This meal set comes with hot soup, pickles, fruit and seasonal dessert--Pineapple Soup for this season. Another popular dish is the Vegetarian Cordon Bleu With Rice (NT$190), which includes a pork cordon bleu vegetarian substitute with pickled cucumbers and seaweed. The Kimchi Vegetarian Rice is very appetizing. You can also buy a NT$1,000 Cheng Shi Anniversary Gift Card, which can be used for NT$1,200 of purchases and as a 10% discount card in the future. This winter, new additions to the menu will include heart-warming Oden.

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