Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen

It can be overwhelming, being presented with an 11-page menu. So many choices! How does one decide?? Such a wide variety of choice is the case at Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen in Sydney’s CBD.

Mother Chu’s has been serving vegetarian and vegan Taiwanese food for 21 years. They use seitan, aka mock meat, which is made from wheat gluten. I’ve always been a fan of seitan. I have no issue with mock meat, as in it being a vegetarian food that is made to mimic meat. “But why would a vegetarian want to eat something that has a similar texture and look as meat??”, some cry. Because my reason for not eating meat isn’t because I don’t like it.

So, what to order?

I’ve been eating at Mother Chu’s for almost 15 years now, and we usually order the same dishes every time, because tradition…

Here are four of my must-have favourites.

How do you feel about mock meat?

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We always begin with an alcohol-free beer.

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Followed by piping-hot crunchy vegetarian spring rolls with their house-made chilli sauce (you have to ask for the chilli sauce).

Mother Chu'sCrispy bean curd (1D), $17.80.

The bean curd isn’t crispy, but that doesn’t detract from this dish. I love these ‘meaty’ shiitake mushrooms with large pieces of lightly fried and soft inside bean curd. Order a side of rice to soak up the rich, glossy sauce.

Mother Chu'sSoft rice noodles with vegetables, gluten, and mushrooms (2J), $8.80.

These fat, slippery, slightly charred noodles are incredibly moreish. The pieces of mock meat mimic duck, I think. Or maybe chicken… Either way, they’re excellent.

Mother Chu'sCrispy gluten with tasty light miso, chilli, and sour sauce (1E), $17.80.

‘Crispy gluten’ might sound weird, but try these crunchy fried gluten pieces coated in a thick, sweet, salty sauce and you’ll understand why we order this every. single. time.

Mother Chu'sMother Chu herself is always seated at the far right table at the back

Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen
367 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9283 2828
Monday to Saturday: Lunch: 12pm – 3pm | Dinner: 5pm – 10pm

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Filed under Budget, Eating Out, Vegetarian

8 responses to “Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen

  1. I’m not vegetarian but I actually really love mock meat and restaurants like this. Green Gourmet is solidly one of my fave restaurants and I will go there any time of day! Thanks for sharing another similar restaurant, I would love to give this one a try, it looks great!

  2. I love Mother Chu’s, the food is excellent.

  3. i love this place, come here for a good vego fix!

  4. I’m a big steak eater but I love mock meat when they’re done right. Mother Chu’s awesome…

  5. Wow, this looks fantastic and I need to go! An 11 page menu would totally throw me – I’d probably end up asking the waiter to make suggestions to help me decide.

  6. Tina @ bitemeshowme

    I wouldn’t even know where to begin with 11 pages of options. I struggle picking from a menu that is single page! Very impressed with your dishes :)

  7. grabyourfork

    Love the old school feel to this place, and how can you beat the textural wonders of gluten!

  8. I’ve only been to their shop in the alley way. This vegetarian join of theirs looks interesting and the soft rice noodles dish looks super tasty.

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