Things I love Thursday – Hot and Sour Soup

Well, Vegan MoFo is over, and I started writing a goodbye post on October 31st… but then Halloween got in the way. What I wanted to say is how much fun I had, and most of all, how much I appreciated discovering so many new people most of which I’ve added to my RSS feed and great recipes which inspired me and helped me make great meals and snacks in October. This week I’m sick with a cold so after yesterday’s day of no appetite, I’m thinking of the various potential comfort foods that I could make myself (and inevitably, for my partner for when he starts feeling sick too.)  My favourite thing when I’m sick is hot and sour soup and a nice cozy blanket. I’ve been lucky because I’ve lived near places that have vegan hot and sour soup, like at Oriental Veggie House or Padmanadi in Edmonton or the giant “small” bowls at Greens Vegetarian in Toronto. But today I decided to make my own. Recently I acquired The Vegan Slow Cooker from Kathy Hester, after finding her blog as a result of VeganMoFo. Conveniently she has a great and simple recipe for hot and sour soup (on her blog and a slightly different version in the book). It’s nice to have such a simple and straightforward collection of recipes that are made for the slow cooker, complete with pre preparation instructions (for the night before) and helpful tips, I’m definitely a fan of the format and the…

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Padmanadi Brunch and Downtown City Market

After work this morning I hopped on the LRT, and sat at Credo Coffee with the other Early Birds waiting to swoop in on the Downtown Edmonton Farmers Market. I picked up a package of LimeGreens Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips, and they were such a hit with the family (and pretty much everyone that’s tried them.) J and I tried a cherry chocolate smoothie with hemp seeds, and it was delicious, such a nice flavour from the raw cocoa. Another beautiful day in Edmonton, and perfect for visiting the farmers market. We stared longly at the Eva’s Sweet Waffles cart hoping that one day there would be vegan options, but it wasn’t meant to be (not yet?) So instead (and preferably) it was time to try brunch at Padmanadi for the first time. I’ve heard about it, I’ve longingly stared at the menu for weeks, but just never got around to going there. Luckly J was game, and off we went. Brunch was AMAZING. The ham and cheese omelet, with veggie ham, mushrooms, spinach and cheddar style daiya cheese, wrapped up in multiple layers of bean curd sheet. I don’t think I can recommend that people try this enough. Yum. We also tried the Traditional Eggs Benedict, with tofu egg on an English muffin, veggie salami sausage slices, tomato, and hollandaise sauce. This was pretty darn delicious, and looked beautiful, but the Ham and Cheese omelet was hard to top. I am so glad we went to Padmanadi for Brunch, it…

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New Stuff at Padmanadi (again)

It’s been a long time since I’ve ordered something new to me at Padmanadi, but it’s been a Padmanadi couple of days, since friends have wanted to see the new location, and who better to come along than me!? The first few visits years ago consisted of ordering a new thing on the menu every time, then I got into a routine of familiar favourites. Well, with the slightly new menu came new opportunities. Yesterday three of us tried three items that were new to us: The Hot and Sour Soup I’m just going to come out and say it. I didn’t like the Hot and Sour soup. I loved the cilantro on top, and it was still “good” but there was something about the flavour I just didn’t enjoy. It comes with veggie ham in it, and copious amounts of starch.   As I was eating it, I kept thinking… Oriental Veggie House’s Hot and Sour soup is still the best vegetarian version I’ve ever had. The Spicy Coconut Eggplant This was amazing. It has a little pepper beside it on the menu, but It wasn’t very spicy. Although the spice/pain receptors in my tongue could be dulled from overuse. One out of the three of us didn’t like it, and thought it was spicy and too squishy, but me and  else thought it was just awesome all around. A lightly spicy coconutty spicy flavour permeated the eggplant and made every bite equally tasty. I think it might be a new…

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The New Padmanadi

I visited the new location for Padmanadi in Edmonton at 10740 101 St. I envy Victoria High School (I went there, once upon a time) students because Padmanadi is now a five minute walk for lunch. The new location is unassuming from the outside, but once you walk in, it’s very bright, the furnishings are beautiful, and every plate is etched with the Padmanadi logo. For a place that had a very family style feel, there is this hipness to the new location that the old one never had. I’m sure it will grow on me, but it’s a dramatic change. Either way, the food was still the same, just a couple dollars more than before. I’d like visit it at night and see what effect the lighting has on the ambiance, as they have east facing windows that let in a lot of natural light during the day. We ordered the wheat free curried mutton and the roti canai. I’m looking forward to going back and ordering something new next time. I noticed that they finally had Hot and Sour soup listed on the menu, something I’ve been dreaming of since Padmanadi first opened, so that’s something I am thrilled to try. I’m glad to see the wheat free items marked on the menu since so many people are effected by that intolerance/allergy or just want to avoid it for their own reasons. (However, I’m not sure if that means gluten free in general, since there are other sources of…

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Padmanadi

A friend and I took a little visit to Padmanadi a few days ago. Whenever we go, we don’t mess around, and order about three dishes to share. This time was no different. We had a hard time deciding what to order, well… between three dishes as per usual. The spicy chicken, the spicy shrimp, the lemon ribs and the lo hon chow mien. The Tom Yum soup was a given of course, but part of me really wanted to try the shark fin soup again… maybe next time! There are two dishes I love above all other’s at Padmanadi. The Lo Hon Chow Mien, and the Panacotta (made with coconut cream… yummy.) So we had to order it. The portions have decreased from the giant plate of noodles, but I feel like they’ve increased in veggies so I’m quite happy with it. I’m always interested to see the presentation of the Panacotta, because it’s never looked the same twice. During this visit it was in a nice little dish topped with raspberry coolie with a side of peach sauce. I was happy they didn’t put sprinkles on it like last time. I contacted Guru, a relatively new Indian restaurant in Edmonton (opened in December), to find out if there were any vegan options. They replied quite promptly to my email, and yes! There are two dishes that can easily be modified to be vegan, and one of the roti’s is vegan. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to check it…

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Padmanadi and Remedy in Edmonton

Another great food day in Edmonton. A friend and I went to Padmanadi (10626 97 St NW.) I had an unusual urge to go there. It probably had something to do with thinking about the Mother’s Day buffet (which I am NOT going to today.) We ordered a few things I haven’t had in a long time: the curry chicken, roti canai, and my favourite, the Tom Yum soup. My dining companion suggested adding coconut milk to the Tom Yum soup and I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour. He said it was similar to a thai soup called tom kai gai. Basically in my general opinion, you can’t go wrong with coconut milk. I’ve never added it to something and said to myself “Oh, I wish I hadn’t done that.” It’s just that good. Admittedly every time I go to Padmanadi, I compare it to it’s first or second year of operation and am disappointed. Once upon a time the tom yum soup was in a ridiculously large pot, with fake shrimp, and other bits of fake seafood. But I’m working on forgetting about it, because it’s still a great place to go, especially if you don’t know any different (and even if you do.) We had a super weird looking panacotta, but it was also pretty fantastic. It’s worth trying at least once (a visit.) Later we dropped by Remedy (8631 109 Street NW) for a late night snack. I haven’t had a great experience with their vegan…

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