I went for dinner with some friends recently, and we were overwhelmed by the dazzling array of menu options. I only remember seeing three items on the entire menu that were not vegan, and these were clearly marked to let you know that the items contained casein and/or whey. As I mentioned before, I've only recently delved into the world of vegan seafood, because, well, it kind of scared me. I just thought that seafood, in both taste and texture, would be much more difficult to replicate in a vegan form. I will have you know that I have seen the light. I have been converted. Vegan seafood can be absolutely delicious and taste just like the "real" thing, without all the environmental destruction, the toxins, and, you know, killing and stuff. And Soy & Sake had some of the very best vegan seafood that I've tasted yet.
We started our dinner with some Coconut Shrimp and Pork Buns. The shrimp were so deliciously crunchy and coconutty (is that a word?), and tasted exactly like I remembered them. I've never had real pork buns before, but these were great. The bun itself was soft and spongy, and the "pork" filling inside had a savory barbecue flavor that was utterly addictive. They actually brought us out a small bowl of some extra filling, and we couldn't stop eating it.
|"Pork" Buns with some extra "pork" filling on the side|
|Black Dragon Roll: soy crab & avocado, topped with eel|
|Volcano Roll: deep fried roll with spicy tuna, cucumber, & asparagus|
Stuffed as we were, we agreed to share a small bowl of pistachio vegan ice cream, because we all agreed that vegan pistachio is surprisingly hard to find. It was a perfect pistachio ice cream, complete with the familiar green hue. Not only that, but they also serve Vegan Treats there, and we were indeed treated to a slice of Oreo Cookie Cake - rich, sweet, decadent, heavenly, Oreo Cookie Cake. The desserts didn't really fit with the Asian theme of the rest of our meal, but who cares, because it was all vegan and all delicious. Vegan good things, for sure.
|Pistachio vegan ice cream|
|Oreo Cookie Cake from Vegan Treats|
|Happy diners at Soy & Sake (that's me on the left).|
Soy & Sake Village
47 7th Ave. South (between Bleecker & Morton St.)
New York, NY 10014