Rockville vegan restaurant serving Chinese food. Offering dishes using tofu, seitan, and tempeh as meat-substitutes. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan, Chinese, Buffet, Take-out


First Review by kimmie2072

Great food

5 Posted on 07 / 16 / 2014

I have been going to this restaurant for a long time (sorry, I don't remember how long it's been since I first went here). I went here even before I became vegan and it was still good. Now it's an amazing place for me because I can order whatever I want. Here are some of their food choice I love: Wonton soup, peking duck, pineapple chicken, Sechuan green beans, spinach and sesame pancakes. There's a lot of other choices I like too, but that's a good start. If you haven't been there before, get the peking duck.

Don't go on Christmas! It's a Chinese restaurant in an area with a high Jewish population. It gets very crowded and the only way to get anything would be to carry out. That's the only con I can think of.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday July 16, 2014

Pros: Excellent food, Great value, Good service
Cons: Can't go on Christmas, Parking can be tough

Many Years of Good Eating

5 Posted on 03 / 12 / 2014

I have been bringing friends and family here for years. The food and service is excellent.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere
Cons: Parking, Too Many Tofu Dishes

A Great Meal Can Be Had By All!

5 Posted on 01 / 06 / 2014

Carnivores, don't worry. You'll never miss the meat once you get your hands on the Crispy Black Mushroom Appetizer. Vegetarians/Vegans, you'll find no cruelty here. Yuan Fu is 100% vegan! My wife and I had a fabulous meal. I got the faux beef and broccoli, she got the General Tso "chicken". The use of animal names is only to help newcomers around the delectable menu.

Pros: Service, Great Food!, Prices
Cons: Decor is outdated

Eating here for 15+ years!

5 Posted on 12 / 09 / 2013

One of my favorite restaurants. It's unpretentious and low-key, has pretty quick service and you really can't beat an all-veg restaurant. The menu is pretty heavy on the fake-meat but it is done well for the most part.

When I lived in DC, we used to come out for special occasions but now that I've moved to Rockville, it's hard to not go here every week. When I used to come every few months, I'd always get my old favorites, but now that I've been coming more often, I've branched out and tried some new things. Some new favorites: Curled and Carved Shiitake with Asparagus, Eggplant with Tofu Skins Rolls Hot Pot, Hong Kong Style Pan Fried Noodles.

Pros: great food, low-key atmosphere


Among Better of its Kind

4 Posted on 05 / 19 / 2013

Yuan Fu is one of the better vegan Chinese restaurants you'll eat at outside of New York City. The prices are extremely reasonable, service is fair and preparation time is not long. It's not a glitz and glam type location, but, hey, it more than makes up in taste and value.

I have sampled many of their types of entrees; the mock duck is very good. These guys know how to get the best of out their seitan.

Pros: Price, Good Food

A great alternative on a night out

3 Posted on 05 / 15 / 2013

I am not a fan of Chinese vegetarian in general since it tends to be too saucy/almost greasy for me. But Yuan Fu is a great alternative to a non-vegetarian restaurant on any day. They have a very wide selection of tasty items and their fake duck is very tasty.

Pros: Vegetarian, Location
Cons: Chinese vegetarian (not for everyone)

Vegan and tasty

5 Posted on 11 / 20 / 2012

A regular with me- eat-in or take-out. large menu. average meal about $9.00 excluding starters. Friendly staff

Pros: large selection, all good

Good Stuff

4 Posted on 08 / 25 / 2012

I've eaten here a few times, and the food is consistently good. The prices are fair, the service fine.

The place is small, but I've never had trouble getting a table, and the atmosphere is pleasant.

One of my favorite restaurants in DC

5 Posted on 09 / 06 / 2011

My wife and I go at least monthly. Everything is consistently good, and the selection is incredible. They do a very good job offering a balance between delicious veggies and mock-meat offerings. We're also fans of The Vegetable Garden, which is closer to our house and further South on Rockville Pike, but given the choice we almost always opt for Yuan Fu.

True story: a few months ago my Chinese college buddy and his cousin were in town. Neither are vegetarian, but they had heard Yuan Fu was worth checking out. Both were really impressed with the fare here.

Hole in the Wall

5 Posted on 07 / 06 / 2011

It's a small, unassuming building from the outside (to put it nicely), but once you get inside, it's a nice-looking place (still small). There are big picture of vegetables for decoration. The menu is entirely vegetarian. I'm not interested in mock meats, so I get typical tofu dishes and soups. The prices are not bad. An indication of quality at any ethnic restaurant is whether people of the appropriate ethnicity eat there, and there are almost always Chinese people at Yuan Fu when I go, frequently large families at the one big table in the center. The owner is usually there, and is very involved and friendly; she will converse in Chinese but certainly makes American customers feel welcome as well.

Most of the standard Chinese tofu dishes are represented: Kung Pao, Home Style, Hunan, Ma Po, Budda's Delight etc. None of them are the best I've ever had, but all of them are good, and usually with very generous portions. They offer brown rice and do not charge extra for it like some places do. They have an excellent miso soup (and it's nice to be sure it's vegetarian). The sizzling rice soup was a bit of a surprise; basically a tomato base with lots of vegetables. My chief source of disappointment is that the spicy options aren't spicier (I like the hot stuff). I always feel good about eating here.

Compared to the Vegetable Garden down the road, I'd say that of the two vegetarian Chinese places in the area, Yuan Fu is more Chinese (in terms of menu options and atmosphere) and Vegetable Garden is more health food oriented (with their macrobiotic options and some of their more creative vegetable entrees). Both are good, but if you told me I could only have one, I'd probably take Yuan Fu, by a hair. Fortunately, we don't have to make that choice.

Pros: varied menu, attentive staff

Did not disappoint at all!

5 Posted on 04 / 24 / 2011

I live in Baltimore and do not pass through Rockville often, so when I knew I was going to be passing through Rockville I knew I had to try Yuan Fu or Vegetable Garden. Well, I chose Yuan Fu because the reviews made it sound better than Vegetable Garden. I am not disappointed by my choice!

I started with the sizzling rice soup, thanks to another reviewer's suggestion. I loved it! It is like hot and sour soup minus the spicy flavor and with chunks of yummy vegetables and the rice patties. I ordered sweet and sour "chicken" while my friend who I was with ordered sesame "beef" with walnuts. We shared the entrees. We both loved each one. I preferred the "chicken" because it was sweeter. Both had realistic textures to me, but I haven't had meat in about 14 years so that's not saying much. However, my friend is not vegetarian and said it was pretty realistic, especially the "chicken". I like that everything on the menu is vegan, that the menu is so extensive, and that the entrees have a decent amount of vegetables along with the mock meat (as a lot of places have only about 3 pieces of broccoli or peppers with the mock meat). We had leftovers to take home, meaning there were large portions.

The staff was very friendly, and the food came out pretty quickly. Parking was not at all a problem.

Seriously, if this restaurant were near where I live, I'd be there at least once a week!

Pros: all vegan, great tasting food, reasonable prices
Cons: none that I see

Pretty Good

4 Posted on 09 / 20 / 2010

I liked this restaurant better than Vegetable Garden. Some of the dishes tasted "fake", like you could tell it was tofu skins or seitan but it still wasn't bad. Service was good. Nice big menu to choose from.

Pros: good service, big menu


4 Posted on 07 / 28 / 2009

I think Yuan fu is much better than Vegetable Garden. Try the duck! The Americanized dishes (General tso, orange beef, etc) aren't so great, but I don't like those anyway. My friend said the general tso's was alright. The staff is very friendly here and the food is reasonably priced.

The only negative I find is that their selection of veggie only dishes is smaller than Vegetable Garden.

Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly staff

Always Consistent!

4 Posted on 05 / 23 / 2009

Yuan Fu is located right in the heart of Rockville on the Pike between Richard Montgomery High School and the Wintergreen Shopping Center and is an easy walk from the Rockville Metro Station. I've been eating at Yuan Fu for at least 10 years and the food never disappoints. We usually start with Wonton Soup, which has very flavorful broth and a good amount of wontons. I usually get the same entree every time, Kung Pao Chicken, tons of peanuts, absolutely delicious brown sauce that goes well with the brown rice and various bell peppers that are always fresh and crisp. My husband orders the Sesame Chicken and even my non-meat eating parents always steal most of it. We don't live in the area anymore, but we always get Yuan Fu on Thanksgiving to eat with the family. Very friendly service, Mary has always been very kind to us. A great place to check out if you are in the metro DC area.

Pros: Great food, Friendly Service, Good location
Cons: Can get pricey

Best Vegan Chinese Restaurant in the area

5 Posted on 11 / 01 / 2008

This has got to be the only and the best purely vegan chinese restaurant in the entire DC Metropolitan area. cannot compare Vegetable Garden to Yuan Fu because Vegetable Garden is not 100% Vegan. My faves are the Hot and Sour Soup and the Crispy Orange Beef.

Pros: great service, excellent prices, nice portions
Cons: need more locations

Another Lovely Option for Vegans in the DC area

4 Posted on 07 / 28 / 2008

Yuan Fu is just a few miles north of the Vegetable Garden and is also a delightful (if smaller) restaurant. It's also about six blocks from the Rockville Metro station, while Veg Garden is right across the street from the White Flint Metro. But both places are good.

One thing you must get at Yuan Fu (unless it's 90 degrees out) is the Sizzling Rice Soup. Crispy rice cakes are placed in a bowl, and the server pours a hot broth over them, stirs it up, and dishes it to eveyrone at the table. It's a somewhat viscous broth with vegetables and you have to be careful when eating it so as not to burn your mouth. It's also quite filling and addictive! The first time I had it, I dreamed about it for days afterward.

Their "beef" and "pork" are made of seitan, but when I tried it yesterday, the beef dish we got was kind of mushy; maybe it's that way in the dish. The "chicken" is made with soy protein and also varies from dish to dish. I'm a fan of the Chicken Snow Peas dish. The "duck" is made of layers of pressed tofu skin and is delicious. Both the duck appetizer and the duck hot pot were utterly delicious and is equally good as leftovers the next day.

If you become a regular, Mary, the owner will recognize you and be especially friendly. It pays to dine with regulars when you go there.

The only thing that truly bothers me is that there are no refills on iced tea. I can understand not refilling beverages served from a can, which is how they serve their sodas, but I like a lot of iced tea when I'm eating, and that doesn't come from a can, so it should be easily refilled.

I still will try to eat there every few months--as I live in the District and don't own a car, it's not always easy to get up there. But it is worth the trip.

Pros: Good food, Mostly friendly service
Cons: Far from a Metro, No refills on iced tea, Rather small space

Every bit as good as the Vegetable Garden

5 Posted on 05 / 04 / 2008

It's easy to tell that this place doesn't do as much business as the Vegetable Garden. It's smaller, has many fewer tables (VG's are sometimes packed annoyingly close together), and the decor is worn and faded. What gives? Is it just that VG is right by a Metro station, and Yuan Fu isn't?

Pros: vegan chinese food, watermelon juice, reasonable prices
Cons: a bit far from metro

Nice joint

4 Posted on 07 / 20 / 2007

Yuan Fu is a nice little place with extensive vegan dishes and options. Their service is super-friendly and their food is tasty, light and healthy. I found their orange beef to be a tad dry, but their chicken with mixed vegetables was robust and diverse in its flavors. Their prices are good and portion sizes are large. I'd say Yuan Fu and its down-the-road competitor, The Vegetable Garden, are on equal footing.

Pros: Taste, Price

Mock Meat Rocks!

4 Posted on 06 / 20 / 2007

This place has a large selection to choose from. The mock meat is flavorful, the staff can be rushed but thats usually beacue theres a full house. The price is reasonable.

Pros: extensive menu, nice portions, reasonable price

Wonderful food!

4 Posted on 02 / 25 / 2007

I have eaten at this place every time I have visited my family in md. The food is very good and inexpensive. The people who work there are friendly and willing to explain anything to you. Like I said, when my family and I visit that area, that is the place we love to eat.

Pros: nice staff, clean, good food


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