Food Porn: Blossom Vegetarian

"'Lay down your sharp sword of conceptual thinking.' To my everlasting discredit, I wielded that sword like a ninja at Blossom Vegetarian, Renton's year-old Vietnamese restaurant specializing in the Buddhist tradition of mock meat. Instead of admiring chef Hue Phan's startlingly gorgeous vegetal copies of beef shank and shredded pork, I busied my Western mind with a slew of urgent questions: Is that a mushroom? Is this seitan? Could I actually prefer seaweed chicken to the real bird? Andâ€"most pressinglyâ€"who is the intended audience for caramelized prawns made from rolled bean-curd skins and silken tofu?"

Read the rest of Hanna Raskin's review of Blossom Vegetarian.

Photos by Joshua Huston.

Published on July 30, 2012

 
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