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Vegan Fried Taro 'Duck' at Buddha Bodai

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Buddha Bodai and fried taro duck.

I know vegetarian duck tastes nothing like real duck, but that doesn't mean it doesn't taste good. Sometimes I actually do prefer the meat imitating stack of chewy bean curd skins to the "real" thing. While eating at vegan and kosher restaurant Budda Bodai in Chinatown, I immediately went for their fried taro duck, a combination of bean curd skin topped with a thick layer of mashed taro that's lightly breaded and deep fried to a crisp. Taro by itself is already a heavy load for the stomach to bear; deep frying adds another dimension of heavy richness—and,of course, deliciousness.

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Tofu with organic mushroom and basil.

I can also go for good ol' non-meat-imitating tofu. The tofu cubes in the tofu with organic mushroom and basil were pleasingly soft and jiggly beneath their thin outer skins.

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Vegan cheesecake.

The vegan cheesecake was surprisingly good—it tasted like a typical smooth and dense cream cheese-laden cheesecake. Perhaps there was a faint flavor of soy, but I couldn't really tell. It could've only been better with a graham cracker crust instead of a pastry crust.

Buddha Bodai

5 Mott Street, New York 10013 (map)
212-566-8388

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