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Restaurant Review: Wild Ginger Pan Asian Vegan.

26 Apr

Wild Ginger is one of the best Asian vegan restaurants ever. Ever. Ever. I am not just saying this because I think all vegan and vegetarian food is the bomb I am saying this because it is the truth. At Wild Ginger they specifically serve Asian vegan, nothing more, nothing less. If you like Asian food then you better get your butt to Wild Ginger, meat eaters too because let me tell you carnies, at this joint you will not be able to tell the difference between their insanely delicious mock meats and the ‘real’ stuff you are used to. In fact most of the reviews on the web are by carnies who went to Wild Ginger with a vegetarian friend and every single review is 4 or 5 stars. I would have to agree 100%.

After a trip to Moo Shoes we ate lunch at Wild Ginger which means we were able to take advantage of their AMAZING lunch special. We got SO MUCH FOOD for such a ‘cheap’ price (were talking NYC here so its all relative, right? lol). We decided to start with the Crispy Soy Protein appetizer which was essentially something in the mock chicken nugget category. It was awesome and the dipping sauce that it came with was to die for, it was some type of plum sauce, delicious. We then both opted for the lunch special which comes with a main dish, miso soup, a spring roll and a steamed pumpkin slice, which was sooo good. I wish I ordered a side of the steamed pumpkin it was so good. So for the lunch specials we went with the Mango Soy Protein With Vegetables in Plum Sauce and the Sweet Citrus Soy Protein With Kale. For $8.50 there was a lot of perfectly prepared food. Both dishes were incredibly tasty and fresh, the vegetables were bright and colorful, nothing bland or wilted about this food. Strictly a perfect vegan lunch πŸ˜‰

Wild Ginger is a small little place with about 10 tables maybe, the staff is nice and the service is solid. The lunch special runs from 11:30-4:30 EVERYDAY. We actually caught it on a Sunday which was a surprise since lots of places do not offer the lunch specials on Sundays. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10:30pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am-11:00 and Sunday from 12:30pm-10:30pm. The address is 380 Broome St. NY,NY 10013 and their phone number is 212 966 2669. They also recently opened a new location in Brooklyn at112 Smith St. (between Pacific and Dean) Brooklyn, NY 11201.

http://wildgingeronline.com/ Homepage.

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The Goodness That Is Known As Hummus.

10 Sep
A dish of hummus (A Lebanese Dish) with pine n...

Traditional Israel Hummus.

Hummus is delicious. Hummus is nutritious and hummus is one of the many staples of a vegetarian/vegan diet. I add vegan in this because hummus is a vegan friendly food. Hummus is also something I REFUSED to try for YEARS because of the… well now that I think about it, because of the EVERYTHING. It looks like baby food and its made of chickpeas (which I hate the consistency of). Thanks, but no thanks. A few years back this all changed and I gave hummus a try. I did not die, and now I am obsessed with it. I eat it everyday, literally, and you should too πŸ˜‰

This spread/dip is rich in history and is actually thought to be one of the oldest prepared foods in the world!!! Whether it originated in The Middle East or The Mediterranean is up for discussion, and you will find hummus on menus at both types of restaurants. It’s made from mashed chickpeas, tahini paste (sesame), olive oil and some lemon juice. Depending on which style you buy or are served, you will notice pine nuts, paprika, olive oil and whole chick peas to be common ‘toppings’ on hummus. High in iron and vitamin C, chickpeas are also a great source of protein and fiber. When this spread is eaten with bread, it serves as a complete protein which is a great thing.

I tend to prefer to eat my hummus with pita. I choose whole wheat most of the time since I like the taste and it tends to have more fiber. If you are more of a crunchy chips kind of person, then Stacy’s makes an AMAZING baked pita chip that goes great with this creamy dip. In the stores there are many different flavors and varieties of hummus. It is all a matter of taste as to what you like best. Some will be more creamy then fluffy, some more fluffy then creamy. Some is made with olive oil, some with sunflower oil, and every brand is different and tastes different. I really enjoy roasted red pepper or spicy chipotle (or pepper). There are always at least two different flavors in our house at all times πŸ˜‰ They tend to have a decent shelf life, but must be eaten within a week of opening since its an all natural product. Hummus is a great substitute for mayo or other unhealthy dressings that are commonly found on sandwiches.

I encourage you to try hummus, use it as a dip for carrots, celery and pita. Spread it on the inside of your veggie or tofu wrap. Its great tasting and great for you.

Easy Hummus Recipe:

15 ounce can of chickpeas

2 cloves of garlic

a whole lemon

a half tablespoon of salt

2 tablespoons each of both tahini and virgin olive oil.

As you mix the ingredients up in your food processor, you can add a little water to get the consistency just the way to like it.

http://www.stacyssnacks.com/ Stacys Pita Chips Website

http://www.tribehummus.com/ Tribe Hummus is a popular all natural brand I see often in stores

http://www.sabra.com/products/category/Hummus Sabra is another popular brand I see often in stores

Chickpeas

Chickpeas. The Base Of Hummus.

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