It was not too difficult to find vegetarian options around Shanghai. My friend had done some research ahead of time and had a few places in mind to take us.
All over the city, there are street vendors. I did try some of the fried tofu the first day I was there. It was a little too greasy for me, but the spices on it were delicious.
Our favorite restaurant was Vegetarian Delight. We went back a few times throughout the week. The menu was massive and I wanted to try everything. My absolute favorite dish was the vegetable dumplings.
We also had green beans, chow mein, Szechuan soup, spicy tofu, eggplant and much more. The food did not stand a chance against us.
Another of my favorite spots was ShabuShabu. They served hot pot soup. You start off by choosing your broth (we choose vegetable miso and my friend choose beef), then you pick your toppings. We loaded up on greens, spices, noodles, tofu and mushrooms. This was flavorful and loaded with nutrients.
There was plenty of things I steered clear away from. Like this shrimp Lay’s, ick:
There was plenty of Western fast food places that we stayed away from, as well. Such as Hooters, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s:
Another thing I had NO desire to eat was stinky tofu. Stinky tofu is a fermented tofu that literally has mold growing all over it. I am sorry I did not get a better picture of it, this was where it was sold and this was as close as I could get with gagging:
Shanghai was not the easiest place to eat animal free, but it was manageable. At least by eating cruelty-free I did not have to worry about diseased meat from the river. Yikes.
Next up: Shanghi; The Temples