One of my most reliable tipsters phoned to say that a great new Chinese vegetarian restaurant had just opened up. Happy Veggie Garden is in the 99 Ranch Market mall in Rowland Heights, and indeed is directly across from the market entrance. Based on the mob of people at Happy Veggie Garden it must be pretty good. I mean, the last time I had ever seen such a large crowd waiting to dine at a vegetarian restaurant was, well, never. Not being in the mood to wait, I just ordered takeout. The crispy bean curd was unlike that at Triumphal Palace in that it had some kind of fruit filling, as well as sunflower seeds, and was very good. The menu is tilted more towards mock meat dishes, though there is also a good representation of vegetable, tofu, and noodle dishes. This location has been a disaster for tenants, the previous two restaurants there lasting just a few weeks each. However, Happy Veggie Garden seems to be breaking the jinx. The restaurant opens only until 9 pm on weeknights, but on Friday and Saturday they open all the way up to 9:20 pm.