Dear Food Diary:
When I was younger, a meal wasn’t complete without meat. Though I’m still a carnivore at heart, aging has slowly changed that. As much as I love steak, there are days my body just needs a time out.
Don’t worry, this bacon loving Chubby isn’t turning vegan or anything. Just trying to have a little more balanced in my diet.
I’ve walked by Peacefood Cafe UWS countless times. Finally decided to give it a try. I never thought I would use vegan and treats in the same headline, but that’s what it was.
Vegan is a person who does not eat or use animal product.
I took this as my “detox” meal, not the true meaning of the word, but hey! Baby steps.
Pan-Seared Shanghai-Style Dumplings
The Shanghainese in me cringed at the description. But I overlooked that, once I took a bite. The little pockets filled with chives, shitake and wood ear mushrooms, tofu and vegetarian protein were very tasty. The wrap is thick and chewy which wasn’t a bad thing.The bottom had a nice crust. And the ginger balsamic dipping sauce was an ideal east meets west combo. The sweet acidity cut the oil on the dumplings. If this is eating healthy, I think I’ll do just fine.
This is their award winning recipe. Filled with spices. It has indian flavors, think curry chickpeas. I wished they were cut like fries so I could eat with my hands and double dip in that creamy sauce. A soft chunky puree hid inside a nice crunchy exterior. It’s a favorite amongst their customers – I can taste why. It was quite dense and filling.
I had a warm ginger latte to wash it all down. Very spicy but good.
Overall I thought the food was good. Will I go back immediately? Probably not, but every now and then, I’ll stop by and get a vegan treat. I hear the desserts are really good.
P.S. Chubby’s Rating:
430 Amsterdam Ave