Vege Creek - Yanji St

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 16 reviews )

2, Lane 129, Yanji St, Da'an District, Taipei, Taiwan

The first location of 蔬河 at 大安區延吉街129巷2號, est. 2012. Cafe offers a blend of East meets West with modern design concept striping the space down to the bare essentials and a long wooden communal table in the center of the dining area. Emphasis is on vegetables. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-2:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Take-out, Taiwanese

16 Reviews

First Review by JesseD

Delicious food in a beautiful setting - Edit

Vege creek is a small but bustling establishment that has been built and decorated in a beautiful minimalistic aesthetic. Aside from the beautiful setting, vege creek offers a large selection of fresh vegetables, soy meats and other bits which you can hand pick to be put into your soup. The only issue with this is that all the ingredients are individually packaged in plastic, which creates a lot of waste. The noodle soup is very delicious overall, and there are lots of condiments you can add in to heighten the taste, but the stock on its own is not as flavourful as it could be. Overall, Vege creek is a must visit vegan restaurant in Taiwan, offering beautiful food, a beautiful setting, cheap prices and a little bit of fun to its customers.

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In love with this place - Edit

Five stars all the way! Vege Creek is an awesome vegan restaurant where you choose your own vegetables, noodles, and proteins from the side wall (the greens section is particularly awesome), bring everything to the front, and they cook it up for you. The place is classy and modern, and the food is delicious and nutritious! Oh, and the price was incredibly reasonable too! Wonderful all around!

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Satisfyingly Fresh - Edit

100% vegan in a resonable price. They don't have menu coz you'll be the one to pick your veggies and faux meat choices from the rack. All you have to do was give it to the staff and have them cook it for you with your choice of noodles. The staff can speak English and are very nice. There's also a vegan tea shop beside it, I forgot it's name. 😅

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Interesting Setup & Hella Cheap - Edit

This restaurant had a setup like something I had never seen before. We had to take a bag, fill it with ingredients we want and hand it to the staff. Then they cooked the noodles right in front of us & serve it. Additionally there were no individual tables, rather a big wooden table around which everyone sat. We went on a sunday night & it was pretty crowded, but we were able to find a spot. The food was delicious, very filling & very cheap for me, while reasonably for my friend.

Pros: Interesting System, Reasonable Price, Delicious & fresh

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Great food - Edit

I usually go to another location inside the Eslite Dunnan Bookstore, and yesterday was the first time I visited here.

There's a huge selection of vegetables and other plant-based ingredients such as tofu, deep-fried bread sticks, rice cakes, and so on. The condiments are at the counter.

All the ingredients are packaged with biodegradable bags made from corn starch instead of plastic.

The food here is nice as always, and the entire restaurant looks very simple and cozy. The only thing I don't like is that there's only one huge table so no matter what you'll share a table with others (not my personal preference).

Pros: nice food, cozy vibe, uses biodegradable bags instead of plastic

Cons: need to share a table with others

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Delicious and great system - Edit

The food was great quality products, cooked deliciously, healthy (no added oil, many whole foods), friendly staff, and really pleasant system of picking your own food, putting it in a basket and watching them boil it in herbal broth. You get to eat exactly what you want and how much of each ingredient which is awesome.

Updated from previous review on 2016-12-26

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just great! - Edit

Great vegan food ... one of my favorites in Taipei.
very quick prepared ... the real fast food but still healthy ;)
also very stylish shop and really friendly staff.
Luv it!

Pros: friendly staff, stylish shop, cheap but delicious

Cons: not many seats

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oh so good!!! - Edit

I loved my food at vege creek! I seriously loved everything about it - the little restaurant with only this one table in the middle that brought people together, the choice of different food (and that you ACTUALLY choose what you'd like), the fresh preperation and finally: EATING. food was absolutely delicious and well seasoned.
staff is friendly and very welcoming.
price is so very reasonable.
would come and eat here anytime again. if only i was in taipei more often :(

Pros: taste, variety, price

Cons: too far away :(

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Cool concept! - Edit

I love this place! You just grab a basket, choose your veggies, proteins and greens and then pick what type of noodle you'd like and they make you a delicious soup. I love how customisable it is and even on hungry days it usually only comes out around 200TWD (£4) which is super reasonable. The only con is that there's only one small table so it wouldn't be great for a group but I've never had trouble finding a seat and they do takeout.

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love Vege Creek - Edit

this might be my favorite restaurant in Taipei. it's make your own bowl of vegan goodness - add the raw ingredients to your basket and they turn it into a fantastic soup. I usually skip the noodles and just pile on the veggies. they do top it with seaweed so if that's not your thing ask them to leave it off.

Pros: affordable, fresh, delicious

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vege creek (yanji street) - Edit

had some trouble finding the eatery as i didn't have data roaming and gps was sketchy, and lane 129 is not visible from yanji road, at least the side that i was coming from. would suggest printing out the map if you don't have a data plan while travelling in taipei.

i love vege creek's ambience and concept of "shopping" for your noodles, leafy veg and additional toppings with a plastic basket -it's essentially a vegan version of taiwanese "luwei". the interior is warm and cosy, with a communal table that seats 12 (thus great for solo dining), and staff are extremely friendly and patient.

as far as i remember, i had noodles, two types of veggies and four toppings, which came up to around twd200. i'm sure that's way more than what most people would usually order. all was nicely presented and very delicious.

seating was a little cramped when i arrived around 7ish but eased out later.

i highly recommend this place for a simple, satisfying bowl of noodles.

Pros: delicious, well presented, lots of leafy veg, friendly staff

Cons: hard to find without map, toppings are wrapped in plastic bags

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HaileyPoLa 21 Aug 2017 - I've asked them a long time ago and those are bags made from corn starch (biodegradable), not plastic. :)  

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Cool concept, delicious noodles - Edit

I love the concept at Vege Creek, which is a modern version of the traditional Taiwanese food vendor. No menu - simply select your own vegetables, mushrooms, tofu, noodles & chilli tolerance, and in return you will receive a delicious bowl of noodle soup. The restaurant is small with one communal table and a simple but cool, funky design. I love this place.

Pros: Cool restaurant concept, 100% vegan, Great value

Cons: Not located near my house!

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Love Love Love - Edit

Althougt the price is reasonable. On Mon-Fri, 12:00-14:00, They have "business lunch discount"!! One noodle plus two kinds of vegetable with 3 condiments (A,B,C meal with mushroom and veggie soya-mixed meat materials) only 99 NTD in total!

Pros: delicious and fresh food , Taiwan fusion , Reasonable Price

Cons: Limited seating

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Wonderful concept - Edit

This small and beautifully simple restaurant is a gem. One wall is covered with baskets filled with individually wrapped packets of vegetables and tofu, while the other is covered with a rack of single-serving sized containers of fresh greens. You pick out the veggies, protein, and greens that you want, and then choose a token that indicates which type of noodles you would like to accompany them. You then take this to the counter and they cook it for you, after asking how spicy you want it.

You can take your food to go (many locals do), or stay and eat at the communal table. There is not a lot of seating, but the atmosphere is great and the people we ate with were very friendly.

I love the concept and definitely plan to return.

Pros: Simple, fresh food, Nice atmosphere, Friendly people

Cons: Closed in the afternoon (2-5), Limited seating

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Healthy and Simple - Edit

This place is fun. You take a little tote bag and select the vegetables and proteins you want from bins, along with a token for the type of noodles you would like. Then you bring your selections to the cashier and pay, where they whip your food up into a delicious meal. It feels like visiting the vegetable section of a grocery store but then getting to eat your groceries right away.

My food was 170 TWD, which I thought was really reasonable for a big bowl of delicious and fresh food. I had two types of tofu and a selection of vegetables and mushrooms. I was very happy with my meal!

Pros: Delicious Food, Reasonable Price

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Delectable Food with Elegant Simplicity - Edit

I was recommended this restaurant by a friend as a new(ish) arrival on the Taipei scene, and it didn't disappoint.

In some ways Vege Creek employs a simple concept similar to the cook-to-order section of the large, all-you-can-eat restaurants such as Evergreen. Customers choose fresh vegetables, tofu, fake meats etc from racks along the sides of the one-room restaurant, along with a card for the type of noodle, and bring them to the counter to pay. The chef then whips them up in a kitchen not dissimilar to those used by simple food stalls, but with remarkable talent and style. Within minutes, those selected ingredients are transformed into a delectable one-pot wonder, with a broth based on medicinal Chinese herbs.

Everyone eats their dinner at the large, central wooden table. My fairly filling meal (for a hungry vegan waiguoren) cost 205NT - excellent value for a restaurant of this type in this suburb. I'll definitely be back here next time I'm in Taipei.

Tip: the restaurant uses the same MRT Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall station as the ZhongXiao (Hotpot) Loving Hut, which makes a good dessert stop afterwards if one is so inclined.

Pros: delicious vegan food, fast and simple, very reasonable prices

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