This was a fantastic meal in Guangzhou, I had all vegetarian dishes brought to us (can’t speak to the sauces unfortunately). My favorites were grilled spicy pepper, and eggplant dishes.
I saw those delivered to someone at our hotel and ordered some to our room. These are THE largest lychees I’ve ever seen, about the size of a tangerine. Gotta say they weren’t very tasty..but glad I got to try them. The seeds were about 6 times the size of the normal lychee seeds. I brought a few home for planting.
Finding vegan food in Asian cities is definitely not easy. We were at the Coastal City Mall in Nashan District in Shenzhen and got hungry. About an hour and 25 restaurants later, we found a Szechuan restaurant that served the dish below they called “grains”. Very simple steamed dish with peanuts, potatoes and other veggies. Love the presentation and simplicity of this dish. The rest of the menu included all sorts of things that I really don’t even want to recall.
Tonight felt like I was back in East Village. Vegan ice scream, raw food, graffitied walls, wonderful & diverse crowd. The event was organized by the Green Sustainable Meetup and held on the Blue Roof in Sheung Wan, someones private rooftop, which is generously used for community events and movie nights. Earlier today, I really wanted ice scream and was looking at labels not finding anything milk-free, so I was really excited to meet the creators of Happy Cow, the first vegan ice scream in Hong Kong. It was fun to see another gardeners rooftop – I’m mega jealous of the wooden planters and sweet baby watermelons. I took a few seeds home to plant my own. Here are some photos of the event.
I received a bunch of seed packets over the weekend as a gift (best gift!), and imagine my surprise when out came neon pink seeds in the Fruit Cucumber packet. There are some pretty colorful fruits and flowers out there, but I’ve never seen seeds this color.
I figured they must be dyed for some reason or experimental GMO seeds. To test if they were dyed, I used a paper napkin to see if the dye comes off, and it did, but no differently then the natural dye in red onions. So the napkin test was inconclusive.
Searching for pink seeds on Google produced little information, but then a friend found this article on How Stuff Works,”Seed companies will include seeds — usually indicated by a pink dye on the seed — that will produce male flowers with such hybrid varieties. These hybrids are usually more productive and set earlier than other varieties.”
Now I know I have a male cucumber plant. I planted it earlier today, along with eggplant, and yellow pepper seeds.
I have a new veggie friend in HK! She made this incredible raw kale salad with nut pate for our lunch and generously wrote out the recipe, see below.
Massaged Kale Salad with Nut Pate
Kale is nutritious! Delicious! And, hard to digest. Massaged kale salad is an easy way to add more raw food into your diet without the tummy ache (gas and bloating) that may occur when you are first introducing raw food into your diet (many of us lack the enzymes, and are unaccustomed to digesting cellulose, the fiber present in many raw vegetables). So what’s a kale lover to do? Put some love into your kale and massage it! The heat of your hands helps to “pre-cook” it, and the massaging action also helps to break down some of the fiber, making it easier to digest. Apple cider vinegar not only adds an extra tang, but also gives an extra digestive boost.
- 1 bunch kale, washed, dried, and chopped
- 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ – 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Add all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Using both hands, massage the leaves for 2-5 minutes. Yes, you are literally rubbing the leaves (kale is hearty, it can handle it!) Let it sit to marinate, or eat immediately.
For a little crunch you can sprinkles with sunflower seeds, or for a creamier protein option, mix your kale salad with a simple nut pate.
Basic nut pate
- 2 cups raw nuts (your choice), soaked for 2 hours, then drained
- ½ chopped zucchini
- 1 ½ lemons
- 1/2 tsp salt or soy sauce
- 1tsp- 1tbsp herb of your choice (fresh or dried, could be basil, rosemary, seasoning blend, etc).
- 1/3 red onion
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until you reach your desired consistency. Add water or oil for a smoother, creamier pate or spread.
Was invited to a re-branding party at Sol Wellness in Central. It’s a Yoga/Meditation/Alternative Medicine studio. They also teach raw food classes and served tasty treats at the party. This is VERY unusual for Hong Kong to have raw food. It was an unexpected and very lovely night. Thanks Maya for making this and doing a raw chocolate demo.
The do exist! They don’t have a store front, but you can order from them directly or find them at various events in HK. Ain’t Your Mama’s https://www.facebook.com/aintyourmamas?fref=ts
Checked out the Happy Veggies restaurant, with a new veggie friend last week, R. Chinese vegetarian food with a pre-set lunch/dinner menu. Unlike a similar restaurant in Tin Hau, this place makes it easy to choose your selection. The food was simple and tasty. $52HKD for 3 options, soup, and a drink.