I realize a lot of people are dietary vegans, others live a vegan lifestyle, some are vegetarians, and almost everyone has dietary restrictions due to intolerances and allergies. What I didn’t realize was how well vegan foods can provide sustenance to everyone, no matter their restrictions, without compromising flavour, texture and scent. Having never experienced before, I was enthralled with the quality, flavour and price of these items.
My friend and I went out to lunch today. When she asked to get together I said sure, let’s go to your favourite restaurant! I didn’t know her favourite restaurant was a Pan-Asian Vegan restaurant, but when she told me what it was, I agreed to try it. And I am so very glad I did.
When I was very young I couldn’t ingest dairy products due to an intolerance to a protein (not lactose), so I spent many years enjoying soy and rice milk (almond milk was not common when I was a kid). Over time I built up a tolerance to dairy products, so that was no longer an issue for me. Later in life I chose to be a vegetarian to help me reduce my calorie intake. I can say it was not a good weight loss diet for me, but I did get a lot of good nutrients. What I’m saying here, is I have spent a good portion of my life with one dietary restriction or another and though I no longer have those particular restrictions, I can appreciate any place that can provide good food at good prices for people with restrictions.
So we get to lunch and I asked her what her favourite beverage there was, she says, The Green Tea Soy Latte, so I also ordered one. I don’t know how to explain the joy that is the Green Tea Soy Latte. There is a gentle sweetness, a strong matcha flavour, a richness coffee could never match and a delightful invigorating effect in the mind.
Apparently I really needed to try their “chicken”, which is some sort of combination that leads to an exact replica of chicken. I could not distinguish it from chicken in any way! The texture, the juiciness, the smell and the appearance was all that of chicken! It was served in this beautiful peanut gravy that had a lovely sweetness and richness that can not be described, only experienced. I can’t explain the confusion I felt as I bit into this skewer vegetable meat to experience the best chicken I have ever had.
After this I ordered a brunch item, as it was a Sunday when we went, and in my enjoyment, I did not photograph it. I had a lovely Coconut Banana French Toast. I couldn’t find a difference in texture from egg based French toast and their re-creation of it. It was topped with toasted coconut, fresh bananas, raspberries, cinnamon and syrup. It was so incredibly good.
I noticed something while I was reaching the end of the meal, and that was that though we ate a fair amount of food, and my stomach was full, I didn’t feel weighed down by my meal. I didn’t feel tired or groggy like I might after eating steak or turkey. I didn’t have a headache in my lower skull like I do after I eat a lot of sugar. I simply felt nourished, full and good.
I don’t think I would become vegan, but I will certainly enjoy vegan cooking when I can. If you live in Edmonton, or will be visiting, I would recommend you check out Padmanadi where the food is delicious and the prices are incredibly reasonable.
I ordered a delicious beverage and a hearty breakfast and spent less than twenty dollars! You can’t beat that quality at that price, real meat or vegan meat!