Planet Veg cooks up vegan butter chicken in Vancouver

Soy butter chicken

The soy butter chicken is gluten-free at Planet Veg. (Stephen Hui)

Since I live nearby, I’ve eaten at Planet Veg (1941 Cornwall Avenue) in Vancouver many times. This vegetarian restaurant, in the Kitsilano Point neighbourhood, has served Indian-style fast food for years.

My favourite thing to order is the Kathmandu roll ($8). The savoury vegan wrap features cabbage, tomato, cucumber, crispy noodles, jalapeño cilantro chutney, herbs, and spices inside a 12-inch spinach roti. For $4, you can make it combo (do it), which adds rice or soup, and a potato samosa.

Recently, I decided to try something new, and got the soy butter chicken ($9) to go. The menu describes this gluten-free dish as “Butter chicken for those who can’t do chicken.” Continue reading

Loving Hut Express veganizes Philly cheesesteak in Vancouver

Philly's Dream

Vegan dreams do come true. (Stephen Hui)

If you like Loving Hut Express as much as I do, then you’ve probably devoured their Crispy Chick’n, bacon cheese, and grilled mushroom cheese burgers on many occasions. But have you tried their vegan version of the Philadelphia cheesesteak?

Philly’s Dream ($9) is a newer addition to the menu of the first vegan food cart in Vancouver. This juicy sandwich features grilled marinated beefless strips, mushrooms, onions, cheese sauce, tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a submarine-style wheat bun. Holy shiitake, it’s that good. Continue reading

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s vegan Sofritas come to Vancouver

Chipotle braised tofu Sofritas

Holy tofu, Chipotle actually has a decent vegan burrito. (Stephen Hui)

You don’t normally see the vegan symbol on the menu boards of fast-food restaurants. But that’s what you’ll find at Chipotle Mexican Grill—at least at the chain’s West Coast locations, including the one in Vancouver.

This week, Chipotle introduced its braised tofu Sofritas to the Pacific Northwest, after rolling out the vegan option in California earlier this year. Made with organic tofu, chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos, and spices, this filling can be ordered with burritos, tacos, bowls, and salads.

Naturally, I headed to Chipotle’s only location in Vancouver to check it out. Located at 818 Howe Street, the joint appears to be popular with the suit-wearing business crowd. Continue reading