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Vegan at Sawasdee, Simi Valley

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My family is lucky enough to have the quality Thai food restaurant, Sawasdee, in their area.  When ordering a meal for all of us, it’s often our go-to because omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans can all find something that makes them happy.  It’s a small place in a strip mall; pleasant to dine in and easy to get take out from.

Sawasdee, Simi Valley | A Vegan in Progress

I’m a creature of habit, so I almost always order the same thing.  You can opt for tofu instead of any other protein, but you MUST ask for everything you order to be cooked “without fish sauce”.

This is the Spicy Tofu Cashew Nut dish.  It comes with onions, carrots, water chestnuts, and cashews.  I ordered it with brown rice.  It’s lots of food and I always end up stuffed because it tastes so good that I don’t want to stop eating.

Tofu Cashew Nuts - Sawasdee | A Vegan in Progress

Pad Thai - Sawasdee | A Vegan in ProgressI have tried their Pad Thai many times and it is very tasty.  I don’t even particularly like Pad Thai.  Make sure to order it without fish sauce or egg.

I’m positive we will eat at Sawasdee again.  For a city that doesn’t have a lot of vegan options, this is a good restaurant to try.

Vegan at Vegetable Delight, Granada Hills

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This semester I actually had a final on a Saturday, Mother’s Day weekend.  While that sucked, I planned to hang out with my mom for the afternoon afterward.  We went to lunch at Vegetable Delight in Granada Hills.  The restaurant is entirely vegetarian and mostly vegan, with an extensive menu.

Every time I have been there, it has been mostly empty, but the people that do go there really like it.  They have great reviews on yelp, happy cow, and urban spoon.

Vegetable Delight, Granada Hills | A Vegan in Progress

My mom and I ordered Pan Fried Vegetable Dumplings to start off.

They were really, really good – all warm and crispy.  I would definitely order these again.

We also shared the Mu Shu Vegetable, which is always a favorite of ours.

Mu Shu Vegetable - Vegetable Delight | A Vegan in Progress

The waitress very cutely called these “Chinese burritos” and encouraged us to ask for those if we forgot what they were actually called.

For our entrees, we ordered Lemon Veggie Chicken…

Lemon Veggie Chicken - Vegetable Delight | A Vegan in Progress

Lemon Veggie Chicken

And Veggie Chicken with Cashew Nuts.

Veggie Chicken with Cashew Nuts - Vegetable Delight | A Vegan in Progress

Veggie Chicken with Cashew Nuts

I’m not usually a fan of fruit sauces (orange or lemon, usually) on savory meals, but the lemon chicken tasted good for what it was.  I love cashew nuts and veggies, and the Veggie Chicken with Cashew Nuts was delicious.

Although we didn’t try any, they offer a ton of vegan desserts.  They have a flip menu listing ingredients including things like organic rolled oat flour .

  • Vegan Chocolate Lava Cake
  • Vegan Organic Carrot Cake
  • Vegan Tiramisu
  • Raw Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Cake
  • Raw Vegan Raspberry Lemon Cake
  • Raw Vegan Lemon Chi-z Cake
  • Raw Vegan Chocolate Banana Cake

I really like this place.  They have a lot to choose from and never rush you.  The whole family likes it, so we will definitely be back.