A couple years ago I was Foodie Pen Pals with three Vegans. I thought it was quite odd that I was paired with them considering that I don’t live a vegan lifestyle, but enjoy eating vegan food when the opportunity presents itself. For the food package exchange, I sent them my fondest vegan recipes, some Asian food items (vegan), and a list of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the Los Angeles area that I enjoy dining in. One vegan restaurant that I had on that list was Vinh Loi Tofu, a Vegan Vietnamese Restaurant in the heart of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
Tucked in a tiny Reseda mini-mall, Vinh Loi Tofu is not in any of the popular LA dining areas like Chinatown or SGV where ethinic dining crowds tend to flock. The San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles doesn’t come close to being a foodie destination, but at least, it has restaurants like Vinh Loi Tofu that takes you to great food along the off the beaten path.
The tofu and seitan replaces the meats like beef, chicken, pork, duck, and seafood. The owner/chef makes them from scratch, which then magically transforms into delicious vegan meats like vegan beef, duck, chicken, pork, and shrimp. Whether it’s sauteed with udon noodles, served cold with vermicelli noodles or accompanied in a vegan pho (soup), the fresh and flavorful vegan meats at Vinh Loi Tofu makes you forget that you’re eating meat substitutes.
For lunch, my friends and I shared Udon Stir-fried with BBQ Duck, Udon Stir-fried with Curry Duck (Special order), and Bun Bi Thit Nuong (a cold Rice Vermicelli dish with vegan beef. Dessert was a warm Tofu Pudding with an Organic Ginger Syrup.