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Buddha Boddai Kosher Vegetarian Chinese Restaurant (New York City NY)
||5 Mott Street,|
New York City, NY 10013
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Summer Volume: 2009 Issue: 16(2) page: 23
Buddha Bodai Kosher Vegetarian Chinese restaurant, in Manhattan on Mott Street is an eye-opener for Fried Taro Duck, Ribs Chow Fun, and some two hundred other vegetarian dishes, no matter their names. With so few good vegetarian restaurants, Chinese or otherwise, this Buddhist bastion of fine food pleases vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Every dish looks, smells, even tastes like its non-vegetarian counterpart. Eating here confirms that being a vegetarian can be fantastic. Ken, owner and host, assures everyone the dishes he invented and those learned from another fantastic veggie chef are Glatt kosher, phenomenal, and with rabbinic approval.
We went here with two early twenties men, one a vegetarian, one not, and every one of us was entranced eating the House Special Assorted Appetizers, Fried Taro Duck, Eggplant with Garlic Sauce, Dry Sauteed Beef Chow Fun, Crab Meat with Egg Whiter, and every other dish served; we devoured them all.
Fascinatingly, the dishes that are named for their non-vegetarian counterparts, made with gluten, tofu, mushrooms, and other vegetarian ingredients, and not a drop of meat. It is hard to believe such fine non-meat dishes can be made. The Belly Pork dish is so realistic, that many customers do not order it because it looks like the real thing. Its texture and taste almost fooled us, too. Desserts fool, too, the Mango Pudding surrounded by what looks like real cream has not a drop of a dairy product. Its whipped soy milk looks lovely and tastes lovelier, better than the Tofu Cheesecake.
If you never had fantastic vegetarian food; hasten to 5 Mott Street and delight and devour their offerings. Might induce any of us to convert and become vegetarians!