• Chia Sen

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers some vegan options; try the sweet and sour tofu, General Tso's soychicken, Mongolian soybeef. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm.

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11 Reviews

First Review by indigosky


Points +49

30 Jul 2023

Pretty good vegan options!

I ordered the soy beef and broccoli to go, it comes with a choice of white or brown rice on the side as well ◡̈. The broccoli and sauce were very good but I personally did not like the soy meat they used for the soy beef. Very rubbery/chewy and had no flavor at all😡that kind of made me sad because it looked super promising. Overall not bad at all, definitely will come back!

Pros: Many vegan options

Cons: The soy beef was flavorless, the texture of the soy beef was very chewy



Points +2275

Mostly Veg
24 Jul 2023

Pretty good

Decent sized and pricedlunch specials.
I got the Amazing "beef" kinda like general gaos sauce....came with fried rice , a lil spring roll, and crunchy wonton crispy chip thingies for like $12... not bad.


Points +67

08 Dec 2022

so fresh!

Those vegan options are simply amazing!!! Seriously. I thought the "chickn" was real, at first. It's very juicy and fresh. The vegetables (broccoli, etc.) are so fresh. love this place.

Pros: So many options, like 30 or so, Super fresh vegetables, Delicious rice

Cons: find the vegetable "meats" on the menu, it's there


Points +14

Mostly Veg
16 Jan 2022

Would give 5 stars if HC allowed it

I would give this place five stars if I were allowed, but I just learned HC won't let you unless it's a vegan only place? Boo...

That being said, this place has been one of VERY few vegan-friendly eateries in the area we've been able to find, and it's the most vegan friendly I've found with an entire menu section devoted to the vegan options (and others with tofu in the rest of their menu).

I had the orange soy chicken (which was DEFINITELY our favorite) and he had the spicy amazing soy chicken, which was also really good (I loved the smokiness to the sauce). They are going essentially marinating soy curls, which is what many of the better vegan places used in my old city.

Hands down I WILL return! #Veganuary

Pros: A separate menu sections for vegan options, More than just tofu as a protein choice!!!


Points +156

15 Nov 2019


The hype for this place is real but I don't get it. Their fried tofu is gummy, their fake meats are gummy, and their spring rolls are coated in egg.

Overall dissatisfied by the price and food. The only good thing they have is their sauces.


Points +22

17 Mar 2019

Mediocre and flavorless

First my stomach hurts from the food. Anyways, I really appreciate the full vegetarian menu on the back. But the food was so flavorless and overall lackluster. Nothing special, gross texture.

Pros: Vegetarian menu, Free parking

Cons: Gross, Flavorless

Sarah P

Points +8486

24 Jun 2017

wanted to love it

I was so psyched to get some good vegan Chinese food and thought this would be the place after reading the other reviews. I went to Chia Sen for lunch yesterday and was given the lunch menu for ordering. I was told that the spring roll included on the "vegetarian soy lunch menu" is made with egg and there are no substitutions. I ordered the soy chicken with broccoli which tasted like steamed textured vegetable protein with steamed broccoli. After waiting a while to ask for soy sauce, I heard someone at the front desk so I went over and asked for some. I then asked if I could see the dinner menu, and I am guessing that those items are much more tasty than the lunch I ordered. I would have definitely ordered off the dinner menu had I been aware, and I will try Chia Sen one more time and do just that. However, I also took out an order of Pad Thai for my husband, and he reported that there was not much flavor to the noodles and he was disappointed that there were no vegetables beyond the bean sprouts for topping. The food came out super quickly and I appreciated the complimentary pot of tea.

Pros: lots of vegetarian options, not too pricey, plenty of seating

Cons: lunch menu soy chicken with broccoli not tasty, egg is used in many vegetarian options


Points +1329

16 Feb 2017

Friendly folks and good soy meat

Chia Sen is in kind of a strange location in a strip mall in South Portland. However, they have an extensive menu of vegetarian items. If you like soy meat, they offer many options that you would typically find on a Chinese menu with soy beef, pork, or chicken.The vegetarian options are clearly labeled on a separate section of the menu. I've only tried the soy beef and chicken, and I've enjoyed them both quite a lot (the 'chicken' is my personal favorite). The folks at Chia Sen are always friendly, and service is always quick. They have a full bar, and there is tons of easy parking right out front. If you are staying close to the airport in Portland, this is always a good option for dinner.

Pros: Tons of soy meat, Extensive selection of veggie options, Friendly service


Points +62

29 Jun 2010

Good selection

They have a nice veg menu, and the General Tso's soy-chikn is excellent !


Points +44

17 Dec 2008


I go here a lot, the soy beef w/ orange flavor and the soy beef w/broccoli are my favs. I wish it was all vegan.

Pros: yummy, nice people, cute place

Cons: not all vegan


Points +16

02 Aug 2007

This place is amazing!

Very, very good soymeat dishes. The texture is good, the flavor is amazing. Try the "Orange Chicken" or the "General Tso's". We've eaten there 3 times now and each time it has been excellent.

Pros: delicious food, friendly staff, affordable

Cons: None!

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