…stopped by a few filming locations from one of my all-time favorite movies, The Karate Kid…
…and finally ate at a restaurant I’ve been wanting to visit since we moved from NYC.
Los Angeles is home to hundreds of vegan Asian places. But Vinh Loi Tofu buries them all. No competition!
Tiny, but very clean and cozy. Ignore the pictures on the wall, and the extensive menu itself, for that matter…
…just let Kevin order for you – he is the epitome of cool, and a triathlete to boot (his nickname is “The Iron Monk”). Just realized the only other Ironman I’ve ever met is Brendan Brazier, also a vegan!
I wanted the udon noodle salad I saw on Quarrygirl. He knew exactly what I was talking about.
Can’t even tell you what this was exactly – but I can tell you it was amazing.
But even more incredible? Abe’s curry noodle dish with “duck.” As good as the food I’ve eaten in Vietnam.
The thing that puts Vinh Loi in another stratosphere is the fact that they make their own tofu and soy milk.
Kevin was kind enough to pour us a cup of the Pandan flavor, which I had a sip of – unlike any soy milk you’ll find in the market…
…the complimentary fried tofu he hooked us up with was incredible as well!
Ate around 4 pieces (they come in Lemongrass/Chili + Mushroom/Noodle) dipped in “Special Sauce.”
Really wish we could’ve stayed and played with the rest of the condiments…
…but Julius was in the car so we ate with him.
Had many forkfuls of each. This “duck” was so incredible I didn’t want to close the lid.
On the ride home I kept singing “Kevin, I love Kevin” to the tune of “Cheek to Cheek.” You’ve seen me eat at hundreds of delicious restaurants, but when I fall hard for a place, I want to shout it from the mountaintops: GO HERE NOW. Both Kevin and his food are worth the trek. Even if you’re not vegan, you will love it – plus, the co-owner (his wife) is a Chinese woman named Lynne. Need I say more?!?
Tofu kept me very full the rest of the day. All I craved was fruit…
…TJ’s miso, candy, and a couple Japanese Crackers for crunch.
We’re already planning our next trip out to Reseda for more.