7 Asian-Owned Vegetarian Restaurants We Love
Written by Samantha Dang, Jason Edano, and Katie Merikallio | Edited by Jessica Tishue & Carol Coutinho
Right now, it’s especially important to celebrate Asian cultures and their wonderful contributions. It breaks our hearts to see the rise in anti-Asian attacks, fueled by misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, there was a nearly 150% increase in hate crimes towards Asian Americans in major U.S. cities. This especially affected Asian American businesses, which have been boycotted and vandalized more than those of any other demographic in 2020. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to support Asian-owned restaurants and show your appreciation for the incredible influence Asian cultures have on our food and its flavors. While you should support businesses that are local (and consider donating to Stop AAPI Hate), here are 7 of our favorite Asian-owned restaurants to get you started, specializing in healthy, sustainable, and plant-based food.
2. Sushi San, Felton, CA
3. Shojin, Los Angeles, CA
4. Garden Fresh Vegan, Hacienda Heights, CA
5. Thien Tam Vegetarian Restaurant, El Monte, CA
6. Bodhi Kosher Vegetarian Restaurant, New York City, NY
7. Hangawi Restaurant, New York City, NY
This is the first article in a new 4-part series we are doing at Cook & Culture where we highlight some of our favorite Asian-owned eateries. We want to highlight the importance of Asian food and culture at a time where the Asian American community is hurting. We believe in the power of sharing a meal, and that exploring new cultures through food can help unify us. We encourage you to join us in supporting our Asian American community by checking out the restaurants we have listed in this article if you can, and visiting local Asian restaurants in your community.
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