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Vinh Loi Tofu – Where things aren’t what they seem

I think one of the top 5 goals people set for themselves in the new year is to lose weight/eat healthier. I know I’ve set that resolution many times for myself. MANY times…

A few months ago, Husband let me have a girl’s lunch out to take a break from the baby. I met up with my friend Kristeen of Kristeen LaBrot Events and she took me to Vinh Loi Tofu. This Vietnamese restaurant is a little different; they make tofu in-house and turn it into vegan-friendly “meat”. Yup, all the meat on the menu is actually soy-based. Before you balk, I have to say that their meat substitute is the best I’ve ever had.

Do not eat if you can't handle the heat

Since it was my first visit, the guy at the register (who turned out to be the owner, Kevin Tran) ordered for me. He asked me if I wanted a noodle dish (yes) and if I liked spicy (yes). He had the kitchen make me a “kung fu spam” noodle dish which was spicy and delicious. The “spam” was very similar to real Spam in consistency but tasted a lot better than the canned stuff. I liked how the vegetables weren’t over-cooked so there was still some crunch and the noodles were pleasantly chewy.

Ham Spring Roll

I can't believe it's not ham!

I wanted some spring rolls, too, and Kevin said their “ham” roll was the best seller. There was a fabulous smokey flavor in this roll. I can see why this is so popular. Yum!

Big chunks of "chicken"

Kristeen is a fan of the “chicken” salad and raved about the “duck”, something I have to try next time I visit.

If Vinh Loi Tofu was in my area, I think I would be eating here several times a week since it was really inexpensive.  I could easily cut back on my meat consumption with their help, something my cholesterol levels would be happy about.

4 1/2 NOMs!

Vinh Loi Tofu
18625 Sherman Way #101
Reseda, CA 91335
(818) 996-9779

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