I had an exciting past few days, and while I plan to elaborate what these days consisted of in a future post, I couldn’t wait to post this restaurant review.
I didn’t expect to have any free time during my stay, but upon finding out that I had Thursday night for myself, I immediately looked into great spots for dinner. ‘Vegan’ is usually a keyword I put in when searching for new-to-me restaurants wherever I’m staying—since it just makes things simpler for this vegetarian. Also, it’s fun to discover hole-in-the-wall vegan places in areas you wouldn’t expect.
But since Arcadia is located in SoCal, it’s not surprising that a vegan place would be open. And this such place was Bean Sprouts:
It was raining around 5pm when I decided to walk out to my destination. The sky was gray and cloudy, but since I was equipped with my umbrella, I enjoyed the refreshing, calm fifteen minute walk.
I saw the restaurant across the street, and attempted to take this photo (trying not to look too weird to the drivers waiting at a stoplight).
The restaurant is open during normal lunch hours, is closed from 3-5pm, and then opens at 5pm. I was literally the only customer in the restaurant, but the wait staff made me feel welcome and let me sit near the window.
When offered a fork or chopsticks, I immediately chose chopsticks which pleased the waitress. It’s all part of the experience, right ;)?
The interior of the restaurant was very casual and homey. Sorry about my arm, haha.
Since I scoped out this restaurant thoroughly online, I knew exactly what I wanted to order: the Rainbow Rolls and Dan Dan Mein.
As a pre-appetizer (the rainbow rolls were technically my appetizer), I was given a small bowl of mung bean sprouts. I proudly ate it all with chopsticks, and (hopefully) did not make a fool out of myself in front of the restaurant workers!
Since I become a 10x slower eater with chopsticks, compared to how fast I eat with a fork, my rainbow rolls arrived mid-mung bean salad, but I welcomed them whole-heartedly.
The rolls were easy to pick up with chopsticks (yay!) but it was hard to resist stuffing each piece into my mouth, resulting in chipmunk cheeks! It was either that, or risk spilling the roll contents and having to pick those up individually with chopsticks. I went with the former option.
What I like about these rolls was that they were chewy, but the peanut powder offered some sweet crunchiness, and the mayoinnase, of course, brought some creaminess. It hit all of the tastebuds, and was a perfect appetizer for the real meal of the evening:
^ This was Dan Dan Rice fifteen minutes before.
And twenty minutes after. From plate to belly with the service of chopsticks alone.
They also had some tempting menu items like soy fish on rice, teriyaki tofu eel, and fried rice with soy ham! I was happy with all of the food choices I ordered in the end though, and was glad to see that my bill (with tip included) was less than $20!
Visiting Bean Sprouts was the best way to kick-off my busy weekend!
Are you a pro at using chopsticks, or at least a chopstick wannabe like me ;)?© Copyright 2014 P, All rights Reserved. Written For: Will Study for Food