Top 5 Egg Substitutes for Vegans

Substitute eggs for apple sauce.

People who opt for a vegan diet want to avoid eggs for many reasons, such as culture/religion, personal preferences and health. Although eggs can make the end product better, it does not mean that they are irreplaceable in recipes. You might find some compromise in the texture and taste, but if the execution is right, the results will be almost identical. Below is a list of our top 5 substitutes for eggs.

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Vegetarian Hot Pot Delights

Sumptuous looking Chinese style vegetable soup. Suitable for concepts such as diet and nutrition, healthy eating and lifestyle, and food and beverage.

Sumptuous looking Chinese style vegetable soup. Suitable for concepts such as diet and nutrition, healthy eating and lifestyle, and food and beverage.

It is time to go to your favourite Chinese restaurant – but you are tired of ordering the same few items. Why not change it up a bit and try something new. One of the most overlooked but tastiest items in any Chinese restaurant is the hot pot. The hot pot has been a staple in Chinese cooking for over 1000 years and has many different variations. Here is how to choose your hot pot and how to order a hot pot that is right for you.

A Brief History
The hot pot has been enjoyed in China for over 1000 years. It originated in Mongolia under the Jin dynasty and spread south into China under the Song dynasty. The hot pot gained popularity and became a staple in almost every Chinese kitchen during the Qing dynasty. Today, different regions of China are noted for different variations of the hot pot. Usually the hot pot contains some type of meat but there are many excellent vegetarian hot pot options. Our menu contains some of the more famous and delicious vegetarian options.

What is a Hot Pot?
A hot pot is a traditional Chinese meal that consists of different types of meat and/or vegetables. These ingredients are cooked with broth in a simmering metal pot located in the center of your table. Not only does a hot pot bring out the delicious ingredients of each food, it also encourages socialization and brings friends and family together. A hot pot offers a healthy alternative to the more traditional fried Chinese cooking methods and because we offer delicious vegetarian and vegan options, you gain the extra health of a non-animal based lunch or dinner.

How to enjoy a Hot Pot
There are certain customs that go with eating a hot pot. Hot Pots are commonly served in a large metal bowl in the center of the table with broth. You will then dip each of the vegetables that come with that hot pot into the broth. Make sure to keep each vegetable fully immersed in the broth until it has been thoroughly cooked. Then take that vegetable out and dip it into one of the many different dips that we offer.

Make sure that when you are adding ingredients to the hot pot, make sure to add the ingredients that are going to take longer to cook first. This way you can enjoy all of your vegetables at the same time. Also, make sure that each of your ingredients is properly and thoroughly cooked before using the dipping sauces.

Panz Veggie is the premiere Vancouver vegetarian restaurant. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to introduce you to the delicious and healthy Chinese cooking style known as hot pot. Stop by today for lunch or dinner and have a look at our hot pot menu. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Vegan Vs. Vegetarian – What are the Differences and Health Benefits?

Photo of a table top full of fresh vegetables, fruit, and other healthy foods.

Photo of a table top full of fresh vegetables, fruit, and other healthy foods.

You have probably heard the words vegan and vegetarian used when people are referring to specific diets.  What you may not know however is what the main differences are between the two.  Here is a quick description of both and the fundamental differences between a vegan based diet and a vegetarian based diet.

A vegetarian diet is a diet that is strictly based on plants and vegetables.  It is void of all meat (beef, chicken, fish and seafood), but does allow dairy products and eggs.  Although there are many different variations of a vegetarian diet, all of them avoid meat based protein.  With so many choices available at many restaurants and supermarkets today, a vegetarian diets is not only extremely accessible, it is also every bit as nutritious and varied as any other diet.

A vegan diet is a far stricter diet and tends to be more of a lifestyle than just a diet.  A vegan diet is similar to a vegetarian diet in that neither eats meat, but that is where the similarities end. A vegan diet does not include any type of dairy product, nor will it allow for eggs.  Vegan diets can also exclude honey and all other animal-based products.  This can encompass clothing and medicine as well if animals or animal products were used.  For example, vegans will not wear leather or wool nor eat any type of gelatin product.

Health Benefits of Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
There are many studies that have been done that show that both of these types of diets result in a healthier lifestyle.  Both a vegetarian and vegan diet can quickly remove many of the common food allergies in today’s diets.  This is especially true of a vegan diet as it completely removes dairy from the diet.  Both a vegan and vegetarian diet also show reduced risks of cancer as neither diet ingests meat which can be inflammatory as well as carcinogenic.

Both vegans and vegetarians need to monitor their iron intake as neither diet includes red meat.  However, a well-balanced and varied diet should be able to make up for the lack of iron in these diets.  There are also iron supplements which can help top up the iron levels.  Vegans may also need to supplement vitamin B 12 as their diet does not provide this essential vitamin.

Both a vegan diet and a vegetarian diet are great choices and will provide a very healthy and positive lifestyle.  As one of the best Vancouver vegetarian Chinese restaurants we offer many great vegetarian and vegan dishes and fully embrace and support the lifestyle and ethical outlook of both diets.  Come in today and see what mouth-watering and creative dishes await your taste buds.  We hope to see you soon!

Panz Veggies’ Twist on Thanksgiving Fruits and Veggies

Beautiful Custom Kitchen Interior With Fall Decorations in a New House

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

-Henry Van Dyke

Thanksgiving is one of Canada’s most treasured traditional holidays. On this day, we are reminded to celebrate everything for which we are grateful and to give thanks to what we have been blessed in life. Of course, being the foodies that we all are, what better way to celebrate this holiday than to gather with our loved ones around a delightful feast? Below, we introduce to you three of the most common Thanksgiving fruits and veggies as well as our suggestions on how to give these old-timers a new twist for you to try when planning your Thanksgiving meal.

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Top 10 Sugar-Reducing Tricks: Part I

Wonderful substitutes for reducing sugar.

Keeping tabs on our sugar intake is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Sugar is added to almost every form of processed food, so if we are not careful, we may consume more than what we need. The empty calories from added sugars in food can lead to weight gains and spikes in blood glucose, leading to health problems down the road. To help you reduce the amount of sugar intake, here are five tricks that you can use.

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Top Five Vegan Butters

butter heart melting

We all love butter – it’s rich, creamy and makes any food better, improving both texture and taste.  Butter is one of the tops reasons many find it so hard to switch to a vegan diet, especially those who love baked goods. After all, butter is so central to baking that as soon as people hear about eliminating butter from a recipe, they expect the results will be horrible.  The good news is, you can actually substitute butter in baked goods with many alternative good fats derived from plant sources:

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Anonymous Client Review

As a student with healthy ambitions unbefitting of her impecunious condition, I have to take extra care in the rare occasion that I can indulge in eating out. Before the beginning of school, I decided to take my chances and try out the vegan/vegetarian cuisine that seems to be the latest trend these days here in Vancouver. My self-challenge led me and my friend to Panz Veggie, a restaurant that claims to feature “ethnically-cooked cuisine with local fresh produce”.

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Panz Veggie’s Secret Home Recipes/Sheila’s Secret Kitchen: Whole Wheat Brownie Cake

IMAG0323Although we do not have a dessert section on our menu, this does not mean that we do not have a sweet-tooth! Today we will feature a beautiful brownie cake that is deliciously sinful yet completely guilt-free. Trust us when we say that you will forego the refined flour version after you try this out! For the devout Vegans out there, you are welcome to substitute ingredients suggested in the parentheses. Happy baking!

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Panz Veggie’s Secret Home Recipes/Sheila’s Secret Kitchen

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Many of you have asked to know more about our delicious dishes. Starting this month we will be sharing with you, our beloved customers, recipes of dishes not commonly featured in typical Chinese restaurants. In fact, every item will be for food we actually make right in our own home kitchen! The first item we would like to introduce to you is a traditional, flour-based staple known as mantou (饅頭), otherwise known as Chinese steamed buns. Today, we will show you a healthy variation that makes us proud and happy to be Chinese-Canadians.
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