Think you should avoid it if you're a vegetarian? Then you'd miss out on meatless dishes good enough to rival the others.
Deep red Shanghai style lotus root (above) is stuffed with glutinous rice and bathed in sweet honey sauce. It's so good, you may need a double order.
What a surprise to find an extraordinary salad in a Chinese restaurant. It's crown daisy with cumin, a leafy green (Chrysanthemum coronarium) with sweet, acidic dressing and a surprisingly prominent taste of cumin.
You're more likely to have run into crown daisy at a Korean market, where it's known as ssukgat.
When ordering this dish and vegetables such as ong choy, pea tendrils and other greens, make sure the sauce does not include meat broth or oyster sauce. Then you can relax and enjoy a delicious, and safely meatless, meal.
Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village, 250 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, CA 91776. Tel: (626) 282-1777.