Dining well in Sydney, Australia

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Midge Raymond

Ashland Creek Press co-founder Midge Raymond is the author of the award-winning short story collection FORGETTING ENGLISH and a novel, MY LAST CONTINENT. Learn more at MidgeRaymond.com.

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Unfortunately, the new president-elect of the United States does not believe in climate change. The good news is that those of us who do can help the planet in so many ways — and eating plants is one of them.

Animal agriculture is responsible for nearly 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all methods of transportation combined. (Learn more about why being an environmentalist means not eating animals or animal products.)

And the very good news is that there are, worldwide, so many incredibly delicious places to eat plant-based foods (saving the planet is delicious!). Among them is a place we discovered in Sydney, Australia — the all-vegan restaurant Bodhi is a great treasure, not only for Sydney but for the planet.

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We stopped in for a late lunch one beautiful afternoon, and we got a seat by the window to enjoy the warm air and lovely breezes. The restaurant’s lovely inside was empty thanks to the gorgeous day…

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…but the patio was bustling.

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Lunch at Bodhi is vegan yum cha, and the menu varies daily. We began with fried wontons, which were perfect: fried to perfection and served with a lovely dipping sauce.

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We followed the wontons with Australian field mushroom dumplings, also scrumptious.

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It was nearly impossible to choose among all the delicious offerings, but next we went for the spicy konyaku noodles with carrots. This was a cold dish and delectably spicy.

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Next we had buns filled with “pork,” an old favorite of mine from when I used to live in Asia — but I haven’t had a vegan version and was thrilled to be able to enjoy them again. The buns are thick, soft, and slightly sweet, and the faux pork is tender and spicy.

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One of our favorite dishes was the fried tofu in rice noodle folds.

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And next (can you believe we are still eating at this point?), we sampled the tofu pockets with sprouts, mint, and carrots served with peanut sauce — these were terrific.

tofu-pocket

Finally, though there was so much more we’d have loved to try, we called it a day and ordered dessert — blueberry doughnuts. These are Asian-style doughnuts, which have a distinctive flavor and are not at all like the typical American doughnut — these are less sweet, from the bread to the filling (but the powdered sugar makes up for this).

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Whenever you find yourself in Sydney, don’t miss this amazing restaurant; everything about it — the location, setting, and food — is just about perfect. It’s a beautiful place to be in the afternoon, and in the evening, with the garden lights and full bar, it’s even more festive.

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