Vegan Cuisine is a vegan restaurant in Fountain Valley. The best dishes here feature the fake fish meat called “Swimming Free.” Since there’s an entire menu dedicated to it, you get the impression it’s the specialty of the house. Vegan Cuisine has every right to be proud of it. The blend of mysterious ingredients (probably mostly soy) is uncanny in its fish fakery--there’s no better way for your palate to be so blatantly lied to. It’s all in the texture, which falls apart in the mouth in exactly the way your brain expects a Gorton’s fish stick should. The best application is in Vegan Cuisine’s version of cha? cá Tha?ng Long, the turmeric-tinged grilled fish dish served with tons of dill that’s popular in Hanoi. Here, the dish wasn’t so much grilled--as Vien Dong Restaurant does it across town--but rather deep-fried in its original form as battered fish patties. But it’s served per tradition: on a sizzling plate and decorated with tufts of dill, wilted onions, peanuts and a wad of rice noodle on the side to eat it with.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Edwin Goei
Vegan Cuisine isn't found by accident. It's in a strip mall that has a Laundromat, a palm reader and an outpost of the infamous $1.99 Restaurant, located in the hinterlands of Fountain Valley on the stretch of Edinger I usually take...