When we went to Portland, we also drove up to visit Neal’s parents in Washington and made a pit stop in the capital, Olympia. Did you know that Olympia is a pretty vegan friendly city? We didn’t get to explore many of the vegan offerings because we only stayed for two meals worth. Doesn’t everybody measure time in meals?
The first place we visited was Narai Asian Cuisine. This place is very vegan friendly. On the Happy Cow website, it was mentioned that the owner is veg and therefore very accommodating to veg*n. And indeed, when we asked if the dishes we ordered could be made vegan they said–absolutely! It’s always nice when your server confidently knows what the word “vegan” means.
We got the Fresh Rolls (with tofu) – fresh green leaf, cucumber, shredded carrots & Thai basil wrapped in a soft rice skin, cut in half and served with peanut sauce & sweet chili sauce sprinkled with ground peanuts.
Neal got the Pad Thai (sans the egg and fish sauce) – thin rice noodles stir fried with green onion, ground peanuts, pad Thai sauce & bean sprouts and garnished with shredded carrots, bean sprouts, ground peanuts and a wedge of line.
And I got the Pad Wooh Shen (no egg) – veggies stir fried in garlic sauce with clear noodles, white & green onion, cabbage, napa, snow peas, bok choy & mushroom. This dish was smoky and garlic-savory goodness!
We were tempted to eat there again for a second meal, but we decided to try another Asian restaurant called Saigon Rendevous. They have an extensive veg*n section on their menu. There are some non-vegan items in the veg*n section to be aware of like eggs and mayonnaise, but a quick check with the owner was all we needed to make sure the dishes we wanted were a-ok.
We got Tofu and “Pork” rolls (served on top of pickled cabbage!)
and we split the Mongolian “Beef”- spicy stir fry of bamboo shoots, carrots and green onions over a bed of crispy rice noodles.
Would I eat at these two places again? For sure. The food and service were both great and there were definitely more things on the menu I wanted to try. I’m a sucker for tasty vegan Asian food.