If you're vegetarian and in search of a meal in Chinatown, your best bet is to seek out a Buddhist restaurant, where the entire menu will be vegetarian. “Mock meats” — made from tofu or tempeh and modeled after existing meat dishes like roast ducks — are especially popular in such establishments. In any reasonably large non-Buddhist restaurant that serves meat, you should still be able to find plenty to eat. Just make sure to specify that you don’t want your vegetables or tofu stir-fried in pork fat, or to have minced pork thrown in with your green beans, since those are common ways to cook Chinese vegetable dishes.

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