Best Fake-Meat Restaurant - 2004
Entering Lucky Creation feels like stepping into a street-side eatery in Hong Kong. It's cramped (there are only eight tables, and the servers will seat you with strangers when there's a rush); the walls are decorated with newspaper clippings; and the waitstaff preps string beans or bean sprouts at a corner table. The d?cor isn't anything fancy, either, but the food, all vegetarian, is divine. As the menu rightfully proclaims, "Our cooking is a combination of art and creativity, it is not just a mixture of vegetables." Menu items tend to be self-explanatory -- "saut?ed gluten puff with black bean sauce," "deep fried taro root fish with sweet and sour sauce" (served in the shape of a fish!) -- and the clay pot dishes (braised vegetables or bean cake in a thick, saucy stew) shouldn't be missed. From appetizers to soups to pan-fried noodles, Lucky Creation's culinary coups use only vegetables and oft-disparaged tofu, wheat gluten, bean cake, and bean curd.