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Wheel of Life Restaurant, Irvine

Eric and I met up with some  of his family in Orange County a couple of weeks back.  I had Yelped ahead of time and suggested Wheel of Life Restaurant in Irvine.  Their menu is 100% vegan, which makes ordering completely stress-free.

Overall, I would rate it a B+.  The focus seemed to be on traditional Thai dishes that were veganized, with most dishes including some kind of meat replacement.

They serve family style, so we got to try a number of dishes.

First, we tried the Thai Spring Rolls and Golden Papi Wraps.  The spring rolls were pretty basic, but the Golden Papi Wraps were awesome.  They were like Thai Samosas.  They were my favorites of the evening and I would definitely order them again.  The only disappointing aspect was the serving size.  The pictures in the menu show just three spring rolls, but I figured we would get more in actuality.  No such luck.  Three measly spring rolls for $6.

Next, Orange “Chicken” and “Chicken” Fried Rice.  I never ate a lot of fried rice and I never really cared for orange chicken in my pre-vegan days, so I’m not a great judge of these dishes.  I thought they both tasted fine, but I wouldn’t order them again.  Eric really liked them, however.

Eric’s a big fan of Satay, so we got an order of that as well as an order of Pad Thai “Chicken.”  The Satay was pretty decent, texture-wise.  It was just a little spongy, but the outer texture was a little tougher.  The Pad Thai was very good.  It seems like that dish is always well done when veganized.

I also got an order of Cashew “Chicken,” which was very tasty, but not spicy enough for my liking.  Sorry for the blurry photo.

Wheel of Life - Cashew "Chicken" | A Vegan in Progress

Cashew “Chicken”

Eric loved the meal and wished that it were closer so we could frequent it.  However, I preferred VegiLicious in Huntington Beach and would choose to eat there if I were in the area.

Most importantly, it was nice visiting with family.  This is me and our youngest niece, Olivia.  She’s a smart little handful.

Little Miss Olivia

Little Miss Olivia

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 Mae Ploy, Silverlake, Los Angeles

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Mae Ploy is very close to Mohawk Bend, in the trendy Los Angeles neighborhood of Silverlake.  Like I said before, my husband grew up in the area and doesn’t remember it being a nightlife and cafe hub – it was a bit more unsavory back then.  However, the Silverlake and Echo Park neighborhoods are getting better and better, even in the 10 years that we’ve been together.  We have ordered Mae Ploy quite a few times for dinner with his family, but I this was my first time eating their food as a vegan.

It was Eric’s mom’s birthday and she had picked up Chinese food for everyone and didn’t want me just eating white rice and soy sauce.  She insisted that we pick up something for me on the way, so Eric yelped vegan places while I drove.  He stumbled on yelp posts for Mae Ploy mentioning their vegan options.  He tried to find a menu, but it doesn’t seem like they have much of an internet presence.  I have since found this one, but what I ordered isn’t even listed, so it must not be current.  I suggest going in person or calling them and asking all the annoying questions necessary to get what you want.  I went by the yelp suggestions and just ordered what vegan reviewers enjoyed.

Since I was ordering food from a Thai restaurant, I figured, why not try the vegan Pad Thai with Tofu.  It was very tasty and the tofu was broken up-kind of resembling the bits of egg found in non-vegan pad thai, rather than in big tofu cubes.

Mae Ploy - Vegan Pad Thai with Tofu | A Vegan in Progress

Vegan Pad Thai with Tofu

My favorite of the evening was the Garlic Pepper Tofu.  I have never had tofu flavored that well!  It was delicious, but there were just a couple of tiny slivers of carrot.  For a vegan meal, I would have liked a lot more veggies.  It came with rice and was a plenty big meal.  I didn’t really need to order the Pad Thai, so we had a lot of leftovers.

Mae Ploy - Garlic Pepper Tofu | A Vegan in Progress

Garlic Pepper Tofu – get it!

I also had their Vegetable Spring Rolls, which were crispy and good, but just yer average spring roll.

There are a lot of vegan places to patronize in this part of LA, but if you’re looking for a good place for vegans and carnists alike, check out Mae Ploy!