One of my favorite articles I had the opportunity to write:
It’s tough being a Chinese vegetarian. The words “Chinese food” and “vegetarianism” are rarely synonymous. In China especially, dietary restrictions are rarely paid attention to. It’s rude to be picky, and even ruder to outright decline food.
Though vegetarianism in the mainstream Chinese culture is a rare practice, a handful of restaurants in America have capitalized on the niche in recent years. According to Scott Hwang, owner of Vege Paradise (formerly known as Gourmet Vegetarian) in San Gabriel, California, his main customers are Chinese Buddhists (who refrain from meat, garlic and onions), the health-conscious, and American vegetarians.