Monday, October 27, 2008
Veganmofo: Surprisingly Vegan
I made a fun and tasty meal last night, not really anything to crow about since it came from a can (yikes!) but interesting in that it was completely and surprisingly vegan as well as low in fat and calories.
I used to love La Choy Chinese food when I was a kid. Remember their jingle, "La Choy makes Chinese food, swing American."? Mom made it for us when my Dad was out of town since he never liked Asian food. Of course this can barely be called Asian by today's standards but back in the seventies it was all we had!
From the La Choy site: Wally Smith and Yu Il-han, two friends from the University of Michigan, founded the La Choy brand in 1922. Smith had a grocery store in Detroit and wanted to sell bean sprouts. New, a Korean, knew how to grow them. They formed a business to can bean sprouts, growing them in a bathtub. The first La Choy plant was built in 1937, but was later closed due to World War II. They moved the La Choy operations to Ohio, and eventually its products were sold nationally.
My Mom used to eat La Choy when she was a kid too.
I made chow mein with the canned vegetables, a can of water chesnuts and a handful of fresh snow peas. I made my own chow mein gravy using soy sauce, vegetable broth and a little cornstarch. I served it over La Choy Chow Mein noodles and it was low-brow but high nostalgia.
Do you have any favorite foods from childhood (or meals) that you discovered were surprisingly vegan?