for ladies date night a couple weeks ago, my lovely gp (galpal), jessie, & i decided to stay in her hood ... and try somewhere new. we ended up at vora.

vora is a taiwanese & asian fusion joint. their motto, you ask? "simple. healthy. delicious." all food descriptors i love. woop!

here's what i had ...

taiwanese turnip cakes :
a starter specially chosen for us by the owner. quite good & very unique.

vegetable dumplings :
in my mind, you can't go wrong with vegetable dumplings. always tasty little bites.

vegetarian soup :
broccoli, carrot, zucchini, peapods, bok choy, cilantro in a lemon broth.
this was my favorite item of the night. it was super fresh & flavorful ... a perfect bowl of hot veggie soup for this miserable winter we've been having. #chiberia.

tofu & spinach :
stir fried spinach & tofu in a white wine sauce.
jessie & i were wondering what this dish would be like ... given that a white wine sauce is typically associated with italian food (in my little world, at least). it ended up being great. i ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.

12 grain rice :
i love mixed rices like this, so i was very happy. i could have easily eaten this whole bowl ... twice.

my only issue/disclaimer with vora is that i was worried about how actually vegan some of these items are. the manager, while very nice, had no idea what was & wasn't vegan. and the owner promised all these items are vegan, but then also asked if i ate fish. generally, not a good sign.

that being said, i did verify with my taiwanese friend that this stuff would usually be vegan ... so that's nice.

if you're up for an adventure & in the area, check out vora.

1028 n. clark street
chicago, il 60610