I finally got the chance to try the $5.95 vegetarian lunch at the International Buddhist Progress Society on Mass Ave in Cambridge (about half way between Harvard and Central). The boyfriend and I had just seen "Supersize Me" and were looking for a calming, as-far-as-you-can-get-from-McDonalds lunch. I'm not vegetarian, but love all food :-)
We were greeted to a solid veggie meal (4 dishes, rice and soup) in a very relaxing environment! They started us off with a veggie soup, heavy on dried shiitakes, cloud ear mushrooms, cabbage, ginger, carrots and a gluten puff here and there. A very tasty, although a bit overly salty, veggie broth.
I ordered their tapioca tea (essentially bubble/boba tea)that was exactly how I like it, perfectly cooked tapioca pearls and a strong Hong Kong style iced tea flavor. Only $1.50. My boyfriend's plum juice was equally delicious and reminded me of the dried plum flavor of Chinese mui. Also $1.50.
The entree consisted of a mound of rice surrounded by: crispy, stir-fried bok choy with garlic and ginger; sliced carrots and some sort of radish with mock chicken and ginger; green beans sauteed with soy with a mildly sweet flavor; and sweet and sour gluten chunks with small pieces of bell pepper and pineapple. I was most impressed by teh sweet and sour sauce, exhibiting a delicate balance of both flavors without being cloyingly sweet. The gluten really soaked up the sauce, but it still was not overpowering.
All in all a decent meal for $6. I hope to go back again for another meal when the dishes shift. A perfect anti-McDonalds experience!
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