One of Philly's nicest Asian vegans
Posted on 02 / 13 / 2010
Su Xing is much nicer than your average Chinese Vegetarian, not that there is anything NOT nice about them in general -- it's just that they are not meant to be fancy. But Su Xing is the most upscale one I've been to in Philly, with nice low lighting and is cozy with wooden booths and an upper level. It could actually kind of be romantic.
I love that it is BYOB. The menu is huge, with a long list of Chinese standards, just all vegetarian. The Chef's Specialties can be tricky to picture from the descriptions -- until you discover the pictures on another page of the menu. Still, deciding takes a very long time, because it all looks so unique and good. We were crazy for the black seaweed pancakes and asked for a second order. I like that they have seitan and cook with plenty of varieties of mushrooms.
Once drawback is that there are not many table choices for parties larger than 4. I think there is one large table, so our group of 5 was placed at a booth with a chair and small table on the end, which kind of isolated the 5th person, because he could not hear us. If you have a bigger group, reserve the large table.
I will be back for affordable, unusual, quite delicious vegan offerings. I saw vegan because I did not detect any cheese or egg, though I could be wrong. We had leftovers too, nice portions! Plenty of omnivores in my circles love to eat this way, no guilt. I think it is great to show people that creative wonderful dishes can be made from simple vegetables, that vegetarian eating can be a cuisine and not just a meal with all the fun parts taken out. You won't miss the meat, and you can eat healthfully, unless you order 2 servings of fried seaweed pancakes like we did. :-)