I love Vietnamese food. I'm part Vietnamese. How and why did it take me this long to discover Lan Cafe in NYC? Can't believe that I have not been indulging in this delicious vegan Vietnamese food for all these years! Well, no one has to tell me more than once...the first time I went to Lan was about a month ago & I have been dreaming about it ever since. So of course, it was a perfect spot for our vegan Asian girls' night dinner (aka the self-styled vegan Asian mafia-hehehe) with Leinana, Leanne & Sara. There is nothing better than delicious vegan eats & good vegan girlfriends for a fun night out!
Excuse the lighting which does the yumminess no justice, also should mention that Lan Cafe is tiny and decor & ambiance is not a reason to go, but the food absolutely is. Here's how it went down:
We started with the BBQ Seitan, which was super delicate & tender and came with a dipping sauce.
The other appetizer was the "not" Shrimp Papaya Salad- shredded green papaya, carrots, cilantro, onion, chili paste, peanuts, lime dressing and "not" shrimp, served with a side of "not" shrimp chips. I can't wait to bring my grandmother back for this one- it's that spot-on delicious.
We split a few entrees since there were so many things that we all wanted to have- that's the beauty of getting together with a few girlfriends- entrees to share! Yay!
Grilled Lemongrass Seitan on rice vermicelli, peanuts, mint- this was good, but the vermicelli a little overdone, but still tasty.
The Baguette w/ "not" ham, carrots, cucumber, cilantro- this is the ultimate Banh Mi, baguette toasted to perfection- so good.
The Pho is divine because of the broth, rice noodles & veggies. The tofu meatballs- not so tasty, but this is the quintessential Vietnamese noodle soup and trust me, it's all good.
What could possibly follow such a yummy meal & some serious girl talk? Why just the best vegan ice cream on the planet, courtesy of Lula's Sweet Apothecary & a whole lot of laughs. This is where I have truly been a bad vegan- this was my very first time to the temple of vegan ice cream goodness. Vegans everywhere shook their heads in disbelief upon hearing my shame. Well, I finally got there and wow, was I kicking myself for missing out on the best vegan ice cream ever.
Yes, Lula's is so good that New Yorkers trek through the mounds of snow & cold to get that creamy goodness. Lula's is teeny tiny, but it was packed with a line out the door. Look at these girls trying to figure out what to get-
This is what was decided- a sundae with strawberry, coffee and caramel graham cracker marshmallow made with Sara's own Sweet & Sara vegan marshmallows-how cool is that (the best vegan marshies out there!), topped with hot fudge, marshmallow sauce & sprinkled with gummy bears- yep, all vegan. Amazing.
So the moral of this post, get a bunch of friends together and share some fun times & yummy eats!