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Search for flavorful vegan burger leads to opening of VeggieWay restaurant Buy Photo Chef Kenny Chye in his restaurant, the Veggie House, located at 5115 Spring Mountain Road, in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. Chicken fingers for kids 16, 2016. Breading for chicken fingers Jeferson Applegate/Las Vegas Review-Journal Search for flavorful vegan burger leads to opening of VeggieWay restaurant Buy Photo Chef Kenny Chye has created a new veggie burger at his restaurant, the Veggie House, located at 5115 Spring Mountain Road, in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept.


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VeggieWay had a soft opening Sunday in a former Dunkin Donuts at 7790 S. Chicken fingers fried Jones Blvd. Crispy chicken fingers recipe fried (at Robindale Road). What goes good with chicken fingers The centerpiece is the vegan burger that for Chye evokes memories of that first In-N-Out all those years ago.

“I’ve been talking, working, tasting, testing with all my customers,” said Chye, who also is the chef/owner of Veggie House at 5115 Spring Mountain Road.

During his research, he tasted a lot of veggie burgers. Shake and bake chicken fingers And despite the vast improvements chefs have made in recent years — The New York Times recently heralded the veggie burger’s “ascent” — Chye wasn’t impressed.

And so he started experimenting, with more than 20 combinations. What to eat with chicken fingers His burger patty has 10 ingredients, of which he’ll disclose soy, cabbage, vegan eggs, starch and “a little bit of rice.” The testers loved the final product; Chye had his burger.

Diana Edelman, founder of the www.vegansbaby.com site, an online guide to the vegan lifestyle in Las Vegas, has tasted the burger and was impressed. Sides for chicken fingers She said she thinks it would appeal even to meat-eaters.

“Honestly, for people who have thought about giving up meat or trying it, it’s shocking how good it is,” Edelman said. Best fried chicken fingers recipe “For people who do eat meat, I don’t think they’re going to notice too much of a difference.”

The burger is $4.69, or $8.89 with fries and a drink. Kids chicken fingers There’s a sort of Double Double, which he calls the Double Vegan Burger. Crispy oven chicken fingers But the burger is not the only thing on the menu at VeggieWay, which also offers vegan popcorn chicken, vegan fish tacos, vegan chicken wrap, vegan beef sandwich, fried zucchini, salads, three kind of fries and vegan milkshakes made with almond milk.

Chye, a native of Malaysia who came to the United States in 1982, has been in the restaurant business for decades. How to make chicken fingers from scratch He owned three Asian restaurants in San Diego from 1988 to 2000.

But Chye said it is possible to get tired of San Diego, and he did. Recipe of chicken fingers Seeking a change, he moved to Las Vegas in 2001 and opened a wholesale company catering to Asian restaurants.

There was one problem: The wholesale business involved the consumption of a lot of meat — tasting meat from suppliers, tasting meat with customers, entertaining and on and on. Recipe for homemade chicken fingers Before he knew it, Chye’s cholesterol had shot up to 335. Recipes using chicken fingers He knew he had to do something.

At about the same time in 2012, Chye visited a friend in Los Angeles who was a colon cancer survivor. How to make chicken fingers in oven The friend said he had saved his health by changing his diet. How to make crispy chicken fingers He encouraged Chye to do the same and, knowing he was a good chef, figured he’d find a way.

Chye had noticed that there weren’t a lot of vegan and/or vegetarian restaurants in Las Vegas, and the wheels started turning. How to deep fry chicken fingers He went to some vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles and realized that some of the customers at his Asian restaurants back in San Diego had been vegetarian, and he hadn’t even known it.

So Chye decided to open a vegetarian restaurant in Las Vegas, and Veggie House was born in 2012. Deep fried chicken fingers batter He said he knew that since it was a simple vegetarian restaurant he’d need to spiff it up a bit, so he added a water feature, a gazebo, lots of bamboo.

Initially, he used eggs, and still consumes them himself. How to cook chicken fingers in oven But his customers wanted no eggs, cream or milk in any of their dishes. How to make breaded chicken fingers For variety, he continued to create more vegan dishes. Chicken with fingers And before he knew it, he had a following of vegans (and nonvegans and nonvegetarians, which he estimates are 25 percent of his clientele) from all over the world.

They came for the orange chicken that didn’t contain any chicken. Chicken fingers pictures And the spicy Cajun fish that had never seen a body of water. How to bread chicken fingers King Pao chicken, spicy crispy beef, roasted pork — all vegan. Homemade chicken fingers oven And straightforward vegetarian dishes, such as the spicy crispy eggplant that he said differs from most in that his version actually is crispy.

“Most people think vegan, vegetarian food is bland,” Chye said, but he worked to dispel that notion. Chicken breast fingers Even his rice is interesting, a blend of brown, red and black rices.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Edelman of www.vegansbaby.com. Homeade chicken fingers “There is nothing like it in the valley. How long to cook chicken fingers in oven Las Vegas’ plant-based community is really growing and I think it’s a fantastic step in the right direction to make Las Vegas more vegan-friendly.”

If it takes off, Chye foresees a fully vegan commissary equipped to produce frozen foods to be shipped overnight and wholesale products for airlines and casinos.

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