Annie@SHVC: Hi Nancy, where do you come from and how long have you been in Shanghai?
Nancy: I’m from the US. I lived in Shanghai for two years.
Annie@SHVC: So are you a vegetarian or vegan?
Nancy: I’ve been a vegetarian for about 20 years. I was vegan before I moved to Shanghai, but found it quite difficult in China. Most Chinese people don’t understand even what being vegetarian means, so trying to explain a vegan diet seemed impossible.
Annie@SHVC: What exactly turned you into a vegan?
Nancy: ethical reasons.
Annie@SHVC:Do you find it difficult to eat vegan food in Shanghai compared to the States? What kind of challenge have you met?
Nancy: Yes! As I said, communicating a vegetarian diet to local Chinese people was very difficult. And the natural foods that I was used to in the US were hard to get in Shanghai, especially since I don’t speak much Chinese to be able to explain what I want or to use Taobao.
Annie@SHVC: Tell us a bit about your experience as a host of Shanghai Veggie Club.
Nancy: I had a great time hosting events for the Shanghai Veggie Club. Everyone is so friendly; we had some really amazing dinners together. It was nice to be able to hang out with like-minded people.
Annie@SHVC:Last but not last least, what is your fav vegan dish or restaurant in Shanghai?(name a few if you don’t have just one)
Nancy: Hm… The only totally vegan restaurant that I know of is Annamaya. Their food is pretty good, but I wouldn’t call it outstanding. Better is the vegan menu at Lapis Thai!