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Su Xing House

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 24 reviews )
Contact 215-564-1419

1508 Sansom St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 19102

Chinese vegetarian restaurant in Philly. Offers a large menu and has lunch specials. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-10:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Chinese, Take-out, Asian, BYOB

Reviews (24)

First Review by jkohler2

Wonderful Vegan Chinese Food! - Edit

A nice Chinese food restaurant located near the Town Hall. I was there at lunch time, and took advantage of their lunch special. They have an expansive lunch menu, and meals come with a soup, appetizer, and choice of brown or white rice. I ordered the General Tso seitan. The seitan has a crispy batter and it's served with broccoli. The lunch special was plenty of food for the price. Very delicious. Make sure to order vegan, because they have both vegetarian and vegan batter for their fried seitan

Pros: Mostly vegan, but make sure to tell the server if

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Vegetarian meets Authentic - Edit

This restaurant is not in the main Chinatown area, but it's worth it to search it out... though it is near an oyster house.... Anyhow, this place is legit. Many Chinese vegetarian restaurants play to the veg*n population's palate in America, which is awesome, but then they forget to add in authentic. This place does both. Hallelujah. This place is actually better in my opinion than many other veg*n Chinese restaurants... probably placed up there with NYC Chinatown veg institutions.

Anyhow, what do you order here? What do you NOT order?! This place is easily gluten free friendly, but be patient to figure that out. They have traditional American-veg appetizers like scallion pancake (huge portion), dumplings and spring rolls. They have traditional Chinese appetizers like peanuts and seaweed (of the kelp variety!). Delicious American-style entrees include chow fun, string beans, sesame seitan, broccoli, asparagus, fried rice, eggplant dishes and general tso's tofu, with more traditional entrees that include black mushrooms, glutinous rice, glass noodles, taro, dried bean curd, tofu skin, pea shoots and baby bok choy.

This place is awesome.... and they have bubble tea and deep fried rice cake, wrap up your meal with orange slices and locally made fortune cookies. Nice. So, if you are looking for a sit-down veg Chinese meal in Philly, go here and leave happy (and full!).

Pros: Traditional and American dishes, All veg, Portions generous

Cons: Too many choices!, Gluten-free not marked

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Good Enough - Edit

I went there with 3 young kids, one in the pram on Saturday for lunch. The restaurant was kind of quiet, with just 3 tables of customers. We had the 2 lunch set meals, they both were ok. (The next day, we went to New Harmony and i think theirs is better than what i had at New Harmony. The ambiences of the restaurant is slightly better too.) Service was ok. Would come again if i am in the town again.

Pros: Price

Cons: Ambience

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Good food but not as veg friendly as others - Edit

This restaurant has very good food but is not as veg friendly as other Chinese places such as New Harmony which is 100% vegan

Pros: Great food

Cons: Not as veg friendly as most

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My favorite vegetarian restaurant in Philadelphia - Edit

I love the mushroom dishes, the soups, and wonderful combinations in Su Xing's entrees. Not your usual Chinese fare. I have taken several non-vegetarian friends there, and they enjoy the food as much as I do! I especially like the fact that they present different textures as well as combinations of flavors in each dish. "So interesting!" exclaimed one friend, much to our server's delight. The staff makes you feel welcome and is helpful. The sauces are really delicious!! Great value lunch specials. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Philadelphia.

Pros: Good value and nice service, Delicious sauces, Interesting textures and combinations

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Nice atmosphere, good food - Edit

Philly has a lot of vegetarian-Asian places. Su Xing is really good, has a great atmosphere, and offers dishes/flavors that the others don't, in order to set themselves apart. Definitely recommend that you go here.

Pros: All-vegan, Good prices, Friendly

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Best Vegan in Center City - Edit

Su Xing is my favorite vegan in Philadelphia! I've never seen "tofu skin" on another menu -- theirs is great and presented well (you'd think it was Thanksgiving) with braised tofu skin covering a mound of button mushrooms and nicely surrounded by braised shitake. Yum. Another treat is the unique "As You Wish" pockets stuffed with mushrooms, veggies and contained in yuba or tofu skin. If you're overwhelmed by choices on the extensive menu :) don't leave without trying "As You Wish" -- you won't be disappointed. The hot and sour soup can stand up to anyone's -- staff is always friendly; you can ask for a booth or table beside narrow Sansom Street and just watch passers by while having one of the best vegetarian meals in the city.

Pros: Extensive menu, Unique dishes, Consistently good

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Best Chinese in Philly - Edit

While I love New Harmony, Su Xing House offers a healthier alternative to the heavy, greasy, mock-meat filled fare at the other Veggie restaurants in the city. It's nice to have dishes that are centered on vegetables instead of simply a vegan version of a meat dish. I've been there several times for lunch, and they offer a great lunch deal where you get not only the standard soup and rice, but also your choice of appetizer for about $7. The restaurant is also very nice on the inside, as opposed to the grungier appearance of most Chinatown eateries.

Pros: Healthier alternative to stndrd Chinese, Lunch deals, nice clean atmosphere

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Nicest chinese food I've ever eaten - Edit

Stopped in here by chance and had a lovely evening, great food, atmosphere and plenty of tea! There was a vast menu, we had what the waitress recommended which was lovely, very tasty and good value for money. The portions were large so we took our left-overs home and had them the next day. I would highly recommend this place.

Pros: Delicious food, Good value, Friendly staff

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Good food - Edit

This is a solid Chinese vegetarian restaurant. Even with a busy lunch time crowd, my husband and I were seated right away. Instead of ordering from the menu, I asked our waitress what a nearby patron was eating and ordered the same dish--mixed veggies & bean curd. I was completely satisfied with the meal. My husband ordered broccoli with garlic sauce, which he said was ok. Of all of the vegetarian restaurants in the immediate vicinicty--Su Xing was reasonbly priced, had good customer service, and decent food.

Pros: good food, good value, professional staff

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Best of Philly - Edit

Su Xing is my favorite place to eat in the city. To begin with, it has a quiet, comfortable atmosphere and some of the nicest people imaginable. They bring you complimentary tea (and I always drink about a gallon of it). The menu is vast and interesting, with Chinese classics veggified as well as more creative dishes.

When I go to a place more than once, I generally pick a favorite dish and can't help but order the same thing over and over, but Su Xing is different. I order something new every time and always leave with a new favorite. I highly recommend the Vegetable Heaven, Bean Curd Deluxe, and Tofu Skins with Two Kinds Mushroom (but honestly, I've never had a bad meal here). Even my carnivorous boyfriend enjoyed this place!

Pros: Excellent Food, Friendly Staff, Good Value

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One of Philly's nicest Asian vegans - Edit

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. :-)

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Very nice! - Edit

I brought a couple of omni friends here when we were traveling together. I didn't tell them it was vegetarian until we got there. They ended up trying it and loving it just as much as I did!

Pros: Delicious food, Great lunch specials, Inexpensive plus free tea!

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Okay - Edit

I like Su Xing house, but not as much as Singapore or New Harmony. I would recommend their bubble orange slush, sesame chicken, and mashed tofu on the nori- but have had bad luck with other dishes that were bland.

Pros: Bubble Tea!

Cons: Hard to park

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Highly recommended! - Edit

I ate here twice while in Philadelphia recently. The food was absolutely amazing. During my first visit, I had a fried tofu dish that came with soup and a side of my selection (I had sweet corn). During my second, I had potatoes and peas in a curry sauce with cashew fried tofu on the side. Everything was good and the staff were all very nice.

Pros: excellent food, large portions, great location

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Good Chinese Vegetarian - Edit

After a day of being a tourist, a local gift shop clerk recommended Su Xing House. We found the location with little difficulty. I looked for as many stir-fried vegetables as I could find, and asked for a special combination of stir fried string beans and snow peas, also the Chow Mei Fun. My experience has been that veggies(broccoli, snow peas, etc) are often cooked to limp texture, and the fast hot stir fry leaving a crisp veggie doesn't happen often. This time it did. Could have been more crunchy, but I am glad for what I did get. The noodles were not overdone and minimum oil was used. This place is a keeper.

Pros: Wide variety menu, clean surroundings

Cons: 2 stir fry options, could be more

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best veg chinese in Philly - Edit

I eat here often, let's just say that. What I love about Su Xing, is that it is easy to navigate the menu to avoid fatty fried foods that are so often staples of veg Chinese food. Given the recent decline of other veg options in the city I'm so happy to have discovered this place. The hot and sour soup is excellent every time, the stir-fried peapod leaves are out of this world, and I really cannot think of a bad meal I've ever eaten there. You can request steamed tofu which makes a much better dish if you ask me. I'd go with the Four Seasons Hot Pot or try selections from the Chef's Specialties Menu, very tasty!

Pros: Healthy, Delicious, Great Service

Cons: uhhhhh..none

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Great Great Food - Edit

Now this review may not be too fair being I can't get pass the Sesame Tofu to try anything else!! It's that good, at first try I wasn't as excited. I'm not a vegetarain (getting there tho) so had to adjust to the tofu taste, when you're use to the chicken version it's to be expected. But I guess by meals end I was hooked and I try to get there as often as I can. One day I'll actually order something besides the Sesame Tofu.

Oh the spring rolls are awesome too!!:-)

Pros: Foods awesome, great staff, non-vegetarians will love

Cons: The booths shakey, Credit Card Limit, Long wait for order

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best miso soup in the city - Edit

excellent miso soup. far and above, the best miso soup out there. the lunch special is an incredible deal; for $6 or $7 you get an entree, appetizer, soup, rice, fortune cookie and unlimited tea--not bad! the servers are extremely attentive, but it never feels intrusive. the restaurant has booths (good!) but they are somewhat unstable. you can definitely feel it if you are sitting back to back with someone who moves around a lot. if i could impove on su xing house it would be to leave a pot of tea at the table rather than have the server run by every 5 minutes to refill - those cups are very small. also, they DO offer chopsticks but you have to ask for them. it would be a nice touch if they were on the table instead of silverwear, and you had to ask for silverwear (like how kingdom does it.) overall - excellent!

Pros: best miso soup ever, a real value at lunch, very attentive servers

Cons: wobbly booths, no pot of tea on table, must ask for chopsticks

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