“I’m a carnivore through and through,” declares pleasurepalate, but you know, sometimes you do have to give the red stuff a break. Hence, a meal at Bean Sprouts Café, a Taiwanese vegetarian place … and then another. And when a carnivore would rather have soy fish than a steak, you know you’re on to something.

Among the starters, crispy seaweed wrap with bean curd skin is a winner, with sweet, salt, and crunch in every bite. Tasty spring rolls are filled with an intriguing mix of cilantro, curry powder, and potato; pan-fried radish patties are golden brown outside, tender inside.

The restaurant does vegetarian “meat” dishes; soy fish is light, and crispy soy chicken is made with basil and white pepper. Both are closer to their real counterparts than the soy pork, which is tasty if not exactly porcine.

Tofu flower with peanuts makes a silky, not-too-sweet dessert.

Lunchtime brings $6 specials with a choice of seven main dishes, plus rainbow rolls (carrot, lettuce, mayo, and peanut powder wrapped in seaweed and rice paper) and soup; appetizers are $2 each, and three of the teas are just $1.

Bean Sprouts Café [San Gabriel Valley]
103 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia

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