What does a vegan order at…?:Pei Wei

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 11:58 am

What does a vegan order at Pei Wei?Ok, first things first: I apologize for this photo. I completely forgot to take it until after I’d already dug in and messed everything up. I tried to make it pretty again, but obviously I had some difficulty. You still get the idea though, right?

Anyway, what you see here is one of Pei Wei’s signature dishes, the Spicy Korean. The basic version of this meal consists of stir-fried garlic, white mushrooms, onions, carrots, long beans and toasted sesame seeds in a Korean hot pepper sauce. When served with tofu and vegetables, it’s a vegan delight. As with all of their main dishes, you have your choice of white or brown rice (I’m told you can get any dish with noodles as well). I obviously went for brown rice with vegetables and tofu – which brings me to my next point…

The tofu at Pei Wei is firm, baked and dipped in soy sauce – and it is killer. When I was still a veggie newbie, I couldn’t figure out what was so special about this stuff and why my homemade tofu never had that kind of texture or flavor.  Who’d have guessed that baked beats fried?!

The Spicy Korean is just one of several vegan options at Pei Wei, though I should mention that “vegan” does not account for sugar in this case. Though there are more calories in their dishes than you might expect, I really love this place because the food is yummy and generally good for you.  Best of all, any dish marked with a “leaf” symbol on their menu is free of meat and animal byproducts when ordered with tofu and vegetables, making it super easy to spot the vegan options. As I said, this designation does not account for sugar (anything that includes Teriyaki sauce is also excluded, as honey is an ingredient) but I’m willing to overlook that while dining out if it’s the only thing keeping the meal from being “officially” vegan.

So there you have it! The next time you’re out and about and looking for a veg-friendly dining option, stop in at Pei Wei and look for the leaves! Oh, and if you plan to photograph your meal (that’s normal, right?), try to remember to snap the pic before you’ve eaten half of what’s on the plate.

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5 Responses to “What does a vegan order at…?:Pei Wei”

  1. Jacki says:

    I eat pei wei all the time. brown rice, ftw! ha ha. I adore their tofu. What’s funny is that I was reading a Yelp review of our local one and someone was complaining about the tofu..” the tofu had this weird brown skin and an odd / fake texture” . I thought this was hilarious! I would love to always have tofu the way it is from Pei Wei!

  2. Kay says:

    That looks delicious. I was just wondering if it’s really hot, or just a little spicy? I like spicy, but I don’t like really hot lol

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi, Kay! This should be just right for you. I’ve dulled my senses a little bit with spice so it might be a little hotter than I realize but I hardly even think this dish qualifies as spicy. It’s just got a lot of good flavor. Let me know what you think!

  3. Sherlock says:

    I ate this last night but with the teriyaki sauce. I’m a little freaked out though. I was told by the manager it was vegan but looked on the allergy info sheet online and noticed t contained egg and milk!! Unless I read it wrong. The tofu was unreal. The best tofu I have ever eaten. At first I was like wtf. This isn’t tofu and had to ask the chef if it was really tofu because I have never had such a dense meat like texture kind of tofu like that. It was indeed tofu. Glad to know the Korean sauce in vegan.

  4. Azrunnergirl39 says:

    Thank you, I am headed there tonight and wondering what I am going to eat!

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