Noble Vegetarian, Sacramento
I’ve been vegetarian now for two years. For the most part it’s been easy sailing and I’ve found enjoyment developing and discovering veggie versions for many of my old favorite dishes. But I can’t lie – I still have one weakness: Panda Express Orange Chicken. You know what I’m talking about – those crunchy, gooey morsels of goodness that have been battered and wokked with a magical orange and chili sauce.
On the rare occasion I make a trip to the food court – the sweet yet tangy aroma always lures me into waiting in a long line only to order steamed rice and veggies with some sort of eggplant or tofu side dish. And as I stand there salivating over the Orange Chicken, I pray that someday I would find a vegetarian version.
That day came when I discovered Nobel Vegetarian – an inconspicuous joint tucked back in the corner of a tiny strip mall on College Oak Drive in Sacramento. As I scanned their to-go menu from the Vegebeef Vegetable Medley to the Peaceful Ginger Vegekin – there it was, handwritten at the bottom of the tri-fold paper menu “Orange Vegekin.” I immediately ordered and almost couldn’t stand the whole seven minutes it took to prepare a meal that would change my life forever. Yep – it was that good!
I am now a frequent patron of Nobel Vegetarian and have broadened my taste buds with other delicious menu items. A few of my other favorites are: E4. Ruby Pearls – Vegesoy balls braised in sweet and sour sauce with cilantro; E10. Eggplant Tofu – Eggplant, fried golden tofu, sautéed with house sauce; and S3. Prawns Perfection Roll – Veggie prawns and greens wrapped in rice paper, served with peanut sauce. The service is friendly, there’s always plenty of space to sit and all menu items are reasonably priced with starters ranging from $3.95 – $5.95, entrees $6.95 – $8.95 and desserts $1.95 – $2.95. For me, a small price to pay to fulfill a huge craving.
5049 College Oak Dr Ste A
Sacramento, CA 95841