Decided to have lunch at Su Shian Yuang restaurant today, vegetarian Taiwanese. It's right next to Co'pain d'Abord bakery on Rachel near St-Denis so there are a lot of us with baguettes in our hands stopping to ponder the menu. They have two pages of lunch specials, each with different options. I had Bai Ye tofu that came with stirfried vegetables, rice, a little potato salad (something I didn't expect), a spring roll and a glass of cold white gourd tea that surprised me by being very sweet. It was a nice plate, very fresh, nothing startling, nicely prepared tofu, good rice, straightforward veggies. My husband had the noodles with sesame sauce that came with no tea or spring roll but instead a bowl of hot and sour soup. It was a tasty soup, similar to the one they serve at Chuch. The noodles were alright, topped with various shredded vegetables and something like fake ham and a copious amount of sesame sauce.
The portions are very big while the price is a bit high for a special, $10.75 each or so. I'll definitely go back to try other menu items, in particular the appetizers that sound nice like fried dumplings, deep fried sweet potato with home powder, crunchy tofu. They've also got some hot pots, something I hadn't considered as a vegetarian item before - there's a pumpkin and soya milk hot pot, for example. The drinks are also quite intriguing like the Hakka pestle cereal and smoked plum soup. Maybe someone familiar with Taiwanese cuisine can check it out and report back too.
In any case, it is a welcome addition to this Plateau neighbourhood and I'm definitely alerting my vegetarian friends. The menu has all kinds of thoughtful icons about whether eggs or dairy is included, or peanuts, so that will be helpful to those with allergies too.
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