While not everyone is lucky enough to live near a big city that has a vegan joint on every corner, most of us can name at least one Chinese restaurant in our town. If you’re asking why this is a fact that fills every vegan’s heart with joy, let me tell you. One word, four letters: TOFU!

Every Chinese restaurant has this versatile vegan staple, which can replace meat in pretty much any dish—making any menu item a potentially vegan one. Sweet vegan angels, rejoice!

peta2 vegan chinese food guideEven if you’re not a big fan of the soy stuff, fear not, because there are seriously TONS of other options for you to order up. Check ’em out below!


  • Bubble Tea, aka “the Miracle of Boba” (Ask for a nondairy-based tea, juice, or slushee for it.)


  • Vegetable Spring Rolls With Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Vegetable Steamed Dumplings
  • Hot or Cold Sesame Noodles
  • Salad With Ginger or Sesame Dressing

peta2 vegan chinese food guide

Main Entrées (Just ask for any meat to be replaced with tofu, and check for fish sauce.)

  • Garlic Tofu
  • General Tso’s Tofu
  • Sweet and Sour Tofu
  • Cashew Tofu
  • Tofu and Broccoli
  • Mapo Tofu (Specify no pork since traditionally this dish is cooked with it.)
  • Mongolian Tofu
  • Orange Tofu
  • Kung Pao Tofu

Noodles and Rice

  • Veggie Chow Mein
  • Tofu Chow Mein
  • Steamed Rice
  • Vegetable Fried Rice (Specify no eggs.)
  • Tofu Fried Rice (Specify no eggs.)


  • Steamed Vegetables With a Side of Sesame Sauce
  • Sautéed Green Beans
  • Garlic Eggplant

As you can see, your typical Chinese restaurant is BRIMMING with vegan belly-stuffing potential. If you don’t have these options at a restaurant near you, politely request them. Small towns FTW!