Vegan MoFo Day 17:
I don’t remember the last time I ate in a mall’s food court. The closest thing to food court food I’ve eaten in the past decade would probably be at a no longer existent location of California Pizza Kitchen ASAP at a fancy Orange County mall (their delicious hummus and pea and barley soup are vegan). It’s kind of weird to dine in a food court as a vegan. Most of the time there is nothing to eat but a standard bean burrito or sometimes a smoothie. The giant vegan food chain know as Loving Hut is changing that – well, at least at the Brea Mall. This was the first time I’ve gone to a mall just to visit their food court…. and I’ll be back.
The guy at the counter seemed new and looked as if he was only in control of the Chinese portion of the menu. When I asked him questions about other items on the menu, he kept having to go back and get the lady in charge to help me. I asked her about the Dragon Roll and she responded with a description of something I had to try. It’s filled with soy protein, cucumber, and avocado. I asked to hold the cucumber and only drizzle a little bit of the spicy mayo sauce on top and absolutely love it! The sauce actually wasn’t that spicy, so next time I might ask for more. I can’t emphasize how much I love plain avocado rolls, so add some extra vegan goodness to it and you’ve just blown my mind.
I was also going to get a burrito, but the lady in charge said it was no good (I guess she meant it – the burritos are no longer on the menu). So instead I got a Crispy Chicken Sandwich (which is also no longer on the online menu). I thought this sandwich was also fantastic. They really made the chicken crispy. The bun was also tasty and the toppings were simple and fresh. It looks like they have varied up their new sandwich menu with crispy patties with other toppings, so try one of those.
And I couldn’t resist getting some of the Chinese food displayed in front on steam tables. This is that greasy take-out Chinese food that is so good, but not so good for you. I got the Two Item Combo which comes with Chow Mein Noodles and Fried Rice. The first item was a single Egg Roll and the second was some Tofu (I can’t remember which kind). Seriously good. I wish I was closer and they delivered.
I know where my next meal is coming from when I’m passing through Brea. And I think you should try it, too.
1065 Brea Mall
Food Court Store 2163
Brea, CA 92821
Monday-Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm