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COMPASS MAGAZINE > April 2017
 

Flavor-filled vegetarian dining--Dragon Kitchen, LusCoffee, Yehlusu Vegetarian Buffet, Yiyang Vegetarian Restaurant

By Uvia Chang
Translated by Anna Yang

 

Dragon Kitchen

0917-370-382
957, WuQuan W Rd, 2F, Nantun Dist (Tianmu Square Jade Market)
Hours: 11:30 am-7 pm (closed Tue-Wed)

This shop's limited options include exquisite noodle and rice dishes, including chewy, aromatic ramen. Youthful Chef Yu's healthy vegetarian cooking concepts do not use any eggs or milk, and the spicy sauces mixed with the noodles take five hours to make by hand with four types of herbs. The noodle soup base is prepared with tomatoes and persimmons for a mild, fruity tartness. Another curry broth here contains cumin, coriander, cardamom and other Southeast Asian ground spices, plus Taiwan-grown turmeric, giving it a rich, lasting and exceptionally authentic flavor. Noodles with Clear Soup with Side Dishes (NT$130), made with GMO soy milk and wheat powder, features yet another savory soup base. The spicy Curry Rice, topped with quinoa and covered with cauliflower and coconut milk, goes perfectly with vegetable soup.

Dragon Kitchen Dragon Kitchen

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LusCoffee

0984-110-165
957, WuQuan W Rd, 2F, Nantun Dist (Tianmu Square Jade Market)
Hours: 9 am-7 pm (closed Tue-Wed)

This exotic vegetarian corner cafe is run by young owner Lucas, who enjoys trading books and socializing with customers, and its displayed knickknacks are made from recycled items. Food includes risotto options like Truffle Mushroom and Curry Mushroom (NT$160) and Vegetarian Sauce Pasta (NT$160), prepared with spicy chilies, butter and cheese. Set meals (add NT$99) include a salad, soup and menu beverage (NT$60 or less). There are also single-origin coffees from Asia, South Africa and South America, plus Brown Sugar Latte (NT$80) and Mocha. Lucas supports and promotes local farmers and seasonal fruit and vegetables, and the chef's creative cooking produces delicious items like Kimchi Pizza, made with pineapple slices, pumpkin and cheese, providing a blend of fruit and pungent kimchi flavors that goes well with the thin crust.

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Yehlusu Vegetarian Buffet

(04) 2493-2000
340, TuCheng Rd, Dali Dist
Hours: 11 am-8 pm (closed Sun)

While this vegetarian buffet restaurant doesn't distinguish itself from any other buffet spot on the outside, its broad range of delectable dishes certainly does. This variety includes stir-fried vegetables, tofu, crispy fried items, desserts, mixed vegetarian hot pots, sweet and sour dishes, mushrooms, fried rice, noodles, and potato congee, helping to also attract non-vegetarian customers. The chef/owner, who previous worked in a high-end hotel, decided to open his own vegetarian restaurant offering mouthwatering, creative dishes that provide a good impression of this cuisine style. Buffet selections are sold by weight and most diners can savor a full plate of tasty food for about NT$100, with free soup and drinks also provided.

Yehlusu Vegetarian Buffet Yehlusu Vegetarian Buffet

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Yiyang Vegetarian Restaurant

(04) 2426-1779
802, ZhongQing Rd, Sec 2, Beitun Dist
Hours: 11 am-2 pm, 5-9 pm

Although this restaurant is limited in size, it offers both Chinese and western dining options like Omelet over Rice, or Grilled Cheese over Rice. Add NT$90 for a set meal that includes a salad, drink and soup. The Fresh Crock Pot Soup (NT$75) options include bamboo shoot, cordyceps, mushroom, and lotus flavors, all exuding a mild herbal aroma. There are also either milk or tomato flavor choices for the Grilled Cheese over Rice (NT$145), made with generous portions of cheese. Other menu selections include Mushroom Pasta (NT$135), Vegetable Ramen, Herbal Thin Noodles, Pumpkin Vermicelli, and Shengkeng Tofu Noodles (NT$119), which has a mild stinky-tofu flavor, as well as hot pots, side dishes, radish cakes, french fries and many other attractive delicacies.

Yiyang Vegetarian Restaurant Yiyang Vegetarian Restaurant

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