Bean Sprouts

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:

Bean Sprouts (1)

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).

Bean Sprouts (2)

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.

Waiting for Food

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.

Interior

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!

Mung Beans Salad (Appetizer)

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.

Rainbow Roll – Rice and seaweed wrap rolls with carrot, lettuce, and crunchy peanut powder. Topped with mayonnaise and sprouts.

Rainbow Roll – Rice and seaweed wrap rolls with carrot, lettuce, and crunchy peanut powder. Topped with mayonnaise and sprouts.

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:

Dan Dan Rice: Minced soy meat (similar to Boca crumbles) mixed with mushroom topped over white rice. Served with a side of steamed vegetables.

Dan Dan Rice: Minced soy meat (similar to Boca crumbles) mixed with mushroom topped over white rice. Served with a side of steamed vegetables.

^ This was Dan Dan Rice fifteen minutes before.

And twenty minutes after. From plate to belly with the service of chopsticks alone.

Dan Dan Demolished!

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 ;)?

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10 comments

  1. Ashley says:

    The rainbow roll looks so good–I love rice paper wrapped dishes!

    I’m horrible at chopsticks. I attempt to use them when my friends and I go out for sushi but I usually end up picking up the rolls with my hand so I don’t end up with food everywhere.

  2. Katherine says:

    I’m that embarrassing friend that always asks for a fork. I was blessed with many talents, but using chopsticks is clearly not one of them. Despite chop sticks not being my forte, I LOVE the food! Your food looks so good! I’m glad you had a great time x

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