February 14 isn't just for you, love tiger; it's also the start of the Year 
of the Tiger.

While dumplings
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are the most traditional food for celebrating the Chinese New Year, it's 
also customary to eat a lot of vegetables to cleanse and usher in good 
karma. Follow suit at these vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the San 
Gabriel Valley:

Yu Garden This new Shanghai-style restaurant sits in the shadow of the San 
Gabriel Square megamall, and it's always filled with local families. The 
sprawling menu features dozens of vegetarian options, including stalks and 
leaves of a-choy, a Chinese lettuce, saut?ed with garlic ($8), as well as 
tender sheets of spicy cabbage tossed with dried chilies ($7), and pumpkin 
soup ($6) loaded with greens and meteorite-shaped rice clusters (request it 
without pork). 107 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-569-0855

Lu's Garden Lu's (pictured) specializes in steaming bowls of Taiwanese 
congee, the rice porridge that's customary to eat during the two-week New 
Year celebration. Here it's filled with chunks of sweet potato ($1.25), and 
you can load up on sides ($3 to $6) at the point-and-pick cafeteria line: 
Try the garlic-spiked eggplant, oil-soaked radishes tossed with chilies, 
and spicy diced string beans mixed with black beans. 534 E. Valley Blvd., 
San Gabriel; 626-280-5883

Green Zone In the same strip mall as Lu's Garden, this modern spot could 
just as easily be in Venice as the SGV. The menu features organic and 
sustainable ingredients with a Chinese twist. Think: sliced mushrooms 
dressed in tangy miso-lime dressing ($7.50); thin-sheathed spring rolls 
loaded with mushrooms, jicama, cabbage and carrots ($6); and grilled 
vegetables drizzled with yakitori sauce and sesame seeds ($7). Don't miss 
the jasmine tea blended with sweet osmanthus flowers. 534 E. Valley Blvd., 
San Gabriel; 626-288-9300
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Taming the Tiger
Vegetarian delights help kick off Chinese New Year
 
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February 14 isn't just for you, love tiger; it's also the start of the Year of the Tiger.

While dumplings are the most traditional food for celebrating the Chinese New Year, it's also customary to eat a lot of vegetables to cleanse and usher in good karma. Follow suit at these vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley:

Yu Garden This new Shanghai-style restaurant sits in the shadow of the San Gabriel Square megamall, and it's always filled with local families. The sprawling menu features dozens of vegetarian options, including stalks and leaves of a-choy, a Chinese lettuce, sautéed with garlic ($8), as well as tender sheets of spicy cabbage tossed with dried chilies ($7), and pumpkin soup ($6) loaded with greens and meteorite-shaped rice clusters (request it without pork). 107 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-569-0855

Lu's Garden Lu's (pictured) specializes in steaming bowls of Taiwanese congee, the rice porridge that's customary to eat during the two-week New Year celebration. Here it's filled with chunks of sweet potato ($1.25), and you can load up on sides ($3 to $6) at the point-and-pick cafeteria line: Try the garlic-spiked eggplant, oil-soaked radishes tossed with chilies, and spicy diced string beans mixed with black beans. 534 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-280-5883

Green Zone In the same strip mall as Lu's Garden, this modern spot could just as easily be in Venice as the SGV. The menu features organic and sustainable ingredients with a Chinese twist. Think: sliced mushrooms dressed in tangy miso-lime dressing ($7.50); thin-sheathed spring rolls loaded with mushrooms, jicama, cabbage and carrots ($6); and grilled vegetables drizzled with yakitori sauce and sesame seeds ($7). Don't miss the jasmine tea blended with sweet osmanthus flowers. 534 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel; 626-288-9300
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