February 14, 2011
A couple of days ago I finally checked out a really popular vegan café in Sacramento, Sugar Plum Vegan Café. Which was delicious, by the way. Well that kind of got me in the spirit of exploring other vegan restaurants, which brought me to Loving Hut. I took myself there today because I’m single, and it’s Valentine’s Day, so I have to love myself. (Not like that. This is not that kind of blog!) Anyhow, since I have to shower myself with love, I took myself to Loving Hut. (Get it? Corny, I know. But I can’t help it sometimes! Have you met my dad?) Anyhow, my sister told me about Loving Hut, after she ate in the location in Palo Alto. I had never heard of it before, so looked it up. What I learned, totally excited me about eating there!
Apparently Loving Hut restaurants is the fastest growing international vegan fast-food chain in the world. The restaurants are family owned. Their website says “Loving Hut was created with the vision that all beings could live in peace, love and harmony, with each other and the planet”. Their mission is to show people that a plant-based diet is compassionate, peaceful, sustainable, healthier, and delicious! It is the brain-child of Supreme Master Chef Ching Hai. The menu varies at each location, because every city is unique and they believe in giving Loving Huts’ chefs the freedom to create menus using great local ingredients. They aspire to bring out the best of all cultures. Loving Hut restaurants feature dining, take out, catering, and even frozen & dried foods sales.
I live in Sacramento, but ate at the Elk Grove location, as I was in that part of town today. I have since looked up the menu at the Sacramento restaurant, and even these two locations have different menus! They are similar in the sense that they both have a very heavy Asian influence though. Think soups, won tons, fried rice, chow mein, noodles, “meat” entrees, etc. At the Elk Grove restaurant, I had the Golden Beauty, which was delish! It was crispy soy protein, minced lemongrass, onions and peppers, sautéed in chili oil. You can get it either mild or spicy – I got it spicy. It came with a little side salad of cucumber, carrot, and cilantro. I took it home and served it over brown rice.
My daughter and I INHALED this meal. I can’t even tell you how good it was! It did not taste like soy at all! My daughter kept asking “mommy, are you sure this isn’t chicken?” It was so good. Even a meat-eater would have been perfectly satisfied with this meal. I will DEFINITELY be eating here again. Loving Hut has a section on their website where you can view where their restaurants are located. If you have a Loving Hut near you, you have got to check it out.