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PETA picks
Sanchon as Asia's 10 Best Veggie Restaurants
Asians Turning to Healthy, Humane Meatless Diets
Sanchae's menu of modum namal or seven wild vegetables with different spices. Sanchon is in Insadong in Seoul.

Seoul — With more and more people across Asia eliminating or cutting down on their meat intake, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia-Pacific (PETA) scoured the continent to find the 10 restaurants that are best meeting the demand for meatless meals. After completing the most delicious tour in PETA's history, the results are in, and Seoul's Sanchon Korean Temple Cooking ranks among the top.

Sanchon in Seoul's Insadong specializes in an array of perfectly prepared mountain-grown greens. Diners can choose from an à la carte menu or can feast on the set menu, which features an array of the most elegant Korean cuisine, including dozens of types of greens, herbs, and scrumptious soy-based dishes. Bing—buckwheat pancakes covered with radishes, mushrooms, and chili pepper—is not to be missed.

Also ranking high on the list is Nataraj in Tokyo, which is unique among all Indian restaurants in Asia because it serves a spectacular array of wheat gluten- and soy-based mock meats in addition to traditional Indian vegetarian fare. Bangkok's Vegetarian Cottage offers an eclectic selection of French, Italian, American, Japanese, and Thai favorites, all prepared with delicious mock meats. Next is Taim Hakaim ("a taste of life") located in Israel and famous for its barbecue twist sandwich—complete with mock meats, gravy, and dressing—and other delicious dishes. And if you'll be in Manila any time soon, don't miss The Farm, which serves an extensive buffet of raw vegan cuisine.

Rounding out the top 10 are Hong Kong's Hoi Sum (a favorite haunt of PETA's staff), Singapore's Fortune Centre (a mall full of vegetarian restaurants), Shanghai's Vegetarian Life Style, Mumbai's Little Italy, and Bangkok's Govindas.

Why go vegetarian? One reason is for better health. Consumption of meat and other animal products has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and several types of cancer; bird flu and mad cow disease are also directly related to the meat industry. Another reason is animal suffering—pigs, chickens, goats, cows, and other animals raised and killed for food are tormented, mutilated, and terrorized throughout their lives.

"Going vegetarian is the single best thing you can do for your health, for animal welfare, and for the environment," says PETA Director Jason Baker. "And judging by the fantastic food on our tour, Asians have gotten the message loud and clear!"

For more information and to read more about the restaurants, please visit

Jason Baker +852-6200-7588 (cell);
Hyun Jung 010-9973-5210 (cell)

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