Orange chicken is one of those dishes that is a staple of what I’ll call the Chin-erican menu. Is it Chinese food? Is it purely an American invention? Only the inventor of the orange sauce combined with fried bites over rice knows. This is easily the best vegan Chinese food I’ve ever had and its so freakin’ good when prepared using battered and fried seitan. Also, for some reason, Asian beers seem to taste ten-times better when combined with this dish. WTF mate?
The inaugural post for Vegan Happy Hour is inspired by a recent excursion to a well known Chinese restaurant chain for some drinks in celebration of receiving a sparkling annual performance review at work. I had just spent a week in Virginia on business getting up at unholy hours of the morning (a.k.a. midnight! have you ever started working at midnight?!) and the first thing I wanted to do when I got back was to grab some drinks with the wife-unit and get some decent, clean, vegan food. It was extremely hard to find vegan food while on travel. Airport food just wasn’t available outside of nuts and raisins and the area I was staying in was a shrine to the fast food empires. I needed something tasty to nom on and drinks to reset my system.