Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Veg Out: Evergreen Vegetarian House

I've had my share of veg Chinese food, and all of the wonders they work with seitan and gluten never fails to amaze. Even so, I was reluctant to try Evergreen simply because when you find decent Chinese take-out, you don't mess with anything else. It can be so inconsistent. I have this feeling that Evergreen might be the kind of place you have to dine at for a decent turn-out. It took them an hour to deliver my order. That would have been forgiven had the food been worthy. My sweet and sour gluten came with nothing but a container of sauce. No pineapple, no green pepper,no fun? Wack. The tofu and vegetable soup was no better, the most watered down soup to ever grace my Ikea spoons. A handful of actual veg and lifeless ghost-white tofu floated in a huge container of...water. There was more flavor in the fortune cookie, the only safe item of the meal. Stick with Chinatown, Su Xing, or Golden Empress.

And believe it, you don't want to see pictures.

Evergreen Vegetarian House,1431 W. Passyunk Ave., 215.339.5321

7 comments:

Michael said...

I ate here for the first time on Monday night with my roomie, who's also vegetarian; we were both impressed and really liked the food! We ordered items off the "chef's specialties" which maybe helped? The sesame seitan was the best in the city. They also had some crazy roll that was kind of like seitan sushi, wrapped in nori and batter fried. Really good as well. Go try again, and get some exciting items off the "chef's menu"

Michael said...

Hrm. I just tried to post a comment, and it's disappeared. I shall try again!
I ate here on Monday with my roommate, who's also veg, and we both loved it. We ordered both entre├ęs from the "chef's special" menu, which probably helped. The Sesame Seitan was the best in Philly. The other thing we had was some mysterious nori-roll with seitan strips and batter-fried. Pretty awesome. So I say you give them another shot, try some items from the "chef's special" menu. Let me know what you think, round 2. Also, don't forget New Noodle Heaven, 10th and Oregon.

kevin said...

Wow.. How long has this place been open? I'd love to give it a whirl even if the food is not so hot, because they would certainly deliver to where we live (10th and Ritner) whereas Golden Empress etc are too far for delivery.

So it lacked flavor.. But was it flat out not edible? :)

kdubz said...

Like Michael, it'd probably be best to go there rather than order. The soup was not edible, everything else was just bland.

kevin said...

Michael, do you mean New Noodle Heaven at 11th and Snyder? Cause there was a real language barrier when we used to go there (lived across the street) and definitely got some not-at-all-even-vegetarian crap, so we ended up giving up on them.

kevin said...

So I ordered the Hot and Sour soup and the Sesame Seitan. My wife and I were both pretty pleased. The hot and sour was not spectacular, but it definitely was decent. The sesame seitan was pretty awesome. It kind of reminded me of a similar dish at Suo Xing (sp?).

kevin said...

Evergreen's number is now disconnected :(