BENGALURU : For a few short months in the late 1990s, when the popularity of Chinese food was at its peak, now-defunct Chung Wah, a beloved restaurant on Bengaluru’s Church Street, went completely vegetarian.
The menu didn’t change; only the meat in its non-vegetarian dishes—chicken, lamb and pork—was switched out for soy-based alternatives: what we now know as mock meat.
The change didn’t fare well. Meat eaters weren’t happy; it was either mushy, rubbery or tasted like cardboard. Vegetarians didn’t care for it either, and Chung Wah ended up falling between two stools.