Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Restaurant review: Paradise Noodle House

Last week I had the pleasure of dining at Paradise Noodle House in Burnaby. I had heard of this place a while back but the fact that its not downtown and I don't drive has not permitted me to visit until recently. Its a vegan Vietnamese restaurant. I LOVE Vietnamese food, but depending on where you go, it can be not so vegan friendly. Some places have tofu dishes and various vegetarian dishes that are just normally vegan but some really have nothing. I always get crazy excited when I go to a vegan place because now I can choose from a whole menu versus like 3 things. LOL Its like Christmas! It always takes me so long to choose. Luckily I'm also nerdy and like to do my research before. I check out the menu online and reviews to decide what I want before. I'll still look at the menu when I'm there in case I've had a craving or a last minute game changer, but I like to be prepared. :)

My friend Jimmy took me there. He's not vegan nor vegetarian at all, but he's awesome so off we went. Obviously when eating Asian food ordering a few items and sharing is the way to go; Family Styles. I love family style eating. Its way better than a one plater type meal. I always want to try so many things on the menu. So its nice to be able to do that.

Fresh Spring Rolls
These spring rolls came with tofu, veggie ham, rice noodles and lettuce and an amazingly delish peanut sauce that I'd like to drink. But I didn't, lol I refrained.

 Yummmmmm, the innards of the fresh spring roll. :)

Hot and Sour Soup

I've had a many a hot and sour soups in my day. But this one took the award for best. It was SO different than traditional hot and sour soup but it had the most amazing flavour combinations and spiciness all in one pot. Plus it came in this cool contraption that was keeping it hot from underneath.

Look at it!!! Not sure what the English name of that spongy looking this is but she said its called 'Bac Ha'. So if you know, please let me know! It was so delish. I asked my friend Dave but he had no idea. Lol useless.

MMMMMMmmmm, so inside this delish soup was Bac ha, pineapple, bean sprouts, tomatoes, and some veggie meat thingy. It was a tvp puff. YUMMY. Jimmy really liked those. As did I. The style of soup is different but don't let it fool you. It was so full of flavour.

Black bean tofu

Both Jimmy and I like spicy food, so when she was asking how spicy we wanted the soup, she suggested she make everything spicy!!! LOVE HER!!! And that she did. The dish wasn't supposed to be spicy but we're special like that. LOL I love black bean sauce. The tofu was firm, the sauce tasty and spicy. All things I love.

Lemongrass Veggie Chicken
This one was very spicy and very good! I loved the texture of the 'chicken'. Sometimes veggie meat is bad, like really bad. I've def experienced some really bad ones in my day but this was deelish. Nice firm texture. The dish had a great lemongrass taste. I love it, it adds so much depth to a dish. I try to use it as much as I can. I pick it up every time I'm at T&T or my local Asian shop.

SOOOOO, all that being said, I loved this place!! Its got this vegans thumbs up AND Jimmy loved it too! Plus he saw a coworker there who was not vegan or vegetarian. And we talked to some other folks next to us and they weren't vegan either. Well they didn't tell us that, but I was totally listening in on them and the questions they were asking clearly indicated they had no idea. LOL but they loved it and asked what we got for next time. ALSO it was packed when we got there so you know its good. CHECK IT OUT!!!

A little side note, she does like to spread vegan propaganda though. She's super passionate about being vegan and saving the world this way. But she's just so cute. So take it with a grain of salt. Listen, nod, take her reading material and leave when you're done. Its not my way but its hers. Its ok. We just listened and smiled. She was so passionate about it, you couldn't help but smile.

PS: My little blog has over 10k hits now!!! Thank you to all my readers!! I'm so happy that people are reading it and I can at least make you drool over some good vegan eats. Maybe a laugh or two in between. :)
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