7-Day Vegan Challenge: Day 5

Today’s food was probably the best yet! I said I would try to eat at home as much as possible, which I think I’ve done an okay job at following through with. I had a dinner engagement to go to tonight, and was a little unsure where we’d actually end up. I was hoping I’d find out earlier today so I could plan out what I was going to eat. I also wanted to make sure that there was food I could actually eat. Thankfully when I found out where we were going, I knew that they could probably accommodate me. I split two dishes with my girlfriend, which was a great opportunity for me to try something new. Generally when I go out for Asian food, I play it safe and get Pad Thai or Chicken.

The picture above is Mongolian Tofu. I made sure it had no oyster or fish sauce in it. Having a girlfriend who is a vegetarian, I’ve become accustom to knowing that most dishes at Asian restaurants are listed as vegan or vegetarian, though they sometimes use fish or oyster sauce. It can be a little disconcerting; it’s important to make sure your server knows your dietary restrictions before placing your order.

For anyone who lives in Toronto and has had the opportunity to go to Korean Grill House on Queen St, the sauce used to baste the meat tasted very similar to the sauce used on the Mongolian Tofu. It actually kind of tasted a bit like chicken that you’d get from going to a Korean BBQ Restaurant. It was savoury, saucy, and delicious.

The second dish, which can be seen below was a Malaysian Golden Curry. It was a mix of vegetables, spices, ginger, and coconut milk. The curry was smooth and enjoyable. It mixed well with the rice. After the meal I was completely stuffed. I don’t think I’ve been this full in a couple of days.

Things that I’ve learned today

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  • Some restaurants cannot accommodate vegans. It is important to know where you’re going before you go.
  • Restaurants generally make tofu that is edible and delicious. Mine is neither.
  • I could probably eat coconut everyday for the rest of my life.
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