Have I broken up with meat? Has this woman who loves her bacon, pork chops, chicken Alfredo sworn off animal proteins? Hell no. But I’m usually up to trying new things and vegetables are good for diets, right. So last night the boyfriend, a friend of ours, and I went to Zen Gardens for dinner. Try to wrap your brain around vegetarian Chinese food for a moment. Now go check out their website, look at the pictures of the dishes flash across the screen THEN read their menu. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Now that you’ve read the menu (I hope) I can reveal what I ate. For starters I had the Veggie Chicken Balls. For me how food looks, smells, tastes is all a part of the experience. As a meat eater I probably should have closed my eyes to eat the “chicken” balls. Because on the inside they definitely didn’t look like chicken. But with a little splash of the sweet and sour sauce they were actually quite tasty.
For my main entree I had the curry Vermicelli. At first I ate only the noodles and the red and green peppers. Stick with what you know, right? But I had promised myself I would try the vegetable proteins, get a feel for what vegetarians eat. The bean curd was actually good. Had the texture of chicken and I suspect it was supposed to “be” the “chicken” in the dish. Now, the seitan in the dish did NOT look appetizing at all. Looked to me like what I’m sure meat probably looks like to a vegetarian. I did try it however. It was pretty tasty too. Again, probably should have just worn a blindfold so I couldn’t see what I was eating and just enjoy the tastes.
Have I been converted? Hell no. I love meat. I admit that even though humans need protein in their diet they probably don’t need that protein to be from animals. But I like the taste of meat. Will I eat there again? Yes. I’ll try something different next time. Maybe one of their “steaks” to see if they can fool my taste buds.
Off to bed.