Loving Huts are everywhere – and I mean EVERYWHERE! The diligent disciples of the Supreme Master Ching Hai have opened these all-vegan restaurants all over the world. Whatever may be the reason for their openings, I am glad they did. Sometimes it is just hard trying to find vegan food – Loving Hut makes it easier.
I was in the Upland area and decided to support the local Loving Hut. Just so you don’t think I am a total glutton (although I really am), I will tell you that I did eat some of this for lunch at the restaurant and some I took to work for dinner. The Joyful Sate ($4.75) is marinated TVP (textured vegetable protein) grilled with a special traditional homemade sauce. I wasn’t a huge fan of this. The TVP was too chewy and the sauce was too soy-saucey for me.
The Peking BBQ ($4.99) was more my style. This dish is BBQ marinated seitan with a homemade sauce. It was savory with a hint of sweetness and not as chewy as the first appetizer.
And I got one entree to nibble on – their Lemongrass Country ($7.75). It’s deep fried soy protein chunks sauteed with lemon grass. OK, so I said deep fried, but it actually wasn’t that greasy. The lemongrass flavor was awesome – not overpowering. The side salad came with a delicious sweet tropical fruit dressing.
They had some pre-packaged servings of dessert, too. The Blueberry Pie ($3.25) wasn’t the greatest berry pie I’ve had, but something I’d certainly recommend trying if you wanted a dessert here.
The Peanut Butter Dream Pie ($3.25) was my favorite of the two (you can’t go wrong with peanut butter!). It was like a thicker, chewier cheesecake… but in a good way. Very creamy and very peanut buttery.
There are so many more menu items I would like to try. It is a very fake meat heavy place and if you can’t eat soy, don’t come here. A few non fake meat dishes use tofu, but there is not much without soy.
The Upland location is at:
903 West Foothill Boulevard
Upland, CA 91786
Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 4 pm – 9 pm
I’ve still never made it to a single Loving Hut! The crazy thing is that I’m not too far from NYC, and there are actually two that I missed out on visiting while in Honolulu. It’s gotta happen sooner than later though, especially since all of the dishes you tried look pretty solid. Just finding vegan pie is reason enough to drop in! (Why isn’t it on more menus, honestly?)
Hannah- Loving Hut will happen! It’s got to! That restaurant chain is spreading like the flu… but in a good way. I agree with you about pie. I think it keeps better than cake – which I often order and find out it’s too dry from sitting in their fridge for too long.
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