Asian cuisine is typically very friendly to the vegetarian diner. From all-veggie stir fry dishes to fried-tofu creations, vegetarians often have decent choices. Springfield’s Tasia: A Taste of Asia is no exception. Tasia is a Pan-Asian restaurant which includes everything from sushi to a heaping plate of Pad Thai.
Sitting on the south end of Springfield, nestled across from the local library, Tasia sits tucked in the corner of a shopping center. The restaurant offers plenty of tables and booths, as well as some bar seating. And while there is not an open bar at the restaurant, Tasia does offer a selection of beer, wine, and specialty drinks like Soju. Tasia offers two menus: lunch and dinner. While the lunch menu is nearly identical to the dinner menu, the prices (and portions) do change at night. Be prepared to encounter “family style” dining at night with large plates of foods and bowls of rice on the side. Tasia offers a lot of spicy dishes, and these will be marked in red. If you find you want something turned up a notch, just ask the server. For a more complete scope of their vegetarian offerings, check out Tasia’s full Dinner Menu.
Vegetarians looking to start off with something lighter can enjoy Fresh Spring Rolls with tofu instead of shrimp (be sure to ask the server) or Fried Spring Rolls. Tasia also offers a veggie sushi roll, which can be made vegan by omitting the sauce. While Tasia offers soups at lunch, none of the soup selection is vegetarian.
For the main course, Tasia offers tofu for each of its fried chicken style dishes: Cashew, General, Sesame, Orange, Firecracker, and Sweet and Sour. Note that the cashew sauce does include Oyster, but the other choices are vegetarian friendly (and super tasty). Each stir fry also can be made with tofu or vegetables-only, as well as all of the stir-fried noodle dishes. For something a bit different, try the tofu chop chae: a potato starch noodle complete with veggies and a kick of spicy. As for stir fry dishes, the Szechwan tofu is a delightfully sweet and spicy concoction which has a good variety of vegetable as well.
If you don’t want to substitute tofu in a dish, Tasia also include a completely separate vegetarian menu. These items are specially made for vegetarians. The first is Ma Po Tofu; a dish including snow peas, carrots, and green onions. Ma Po Tofu can be made spicy (or spicier) or non-spicy and is served with rice. If tofu isn’t your thing, try the vegetable deluxe—a large plate of vegetable featuring your choice of sauce. Without any extras, the vegetable deluxe can also be suitable to those with gluten intolerance.
If you find yourself on the south side of Springfield with hunger pains, Tasia is a great spot to stop in for a quick lunch or a nice dinner. Vegans can also find a good amount of dishes here, as many dishes don’t contain eggs. Overall, Vegetarians will find a large assortment of choices in comparison with other Springfield restaurants, and they are good about changing up dishes a little to suit your dietary needs. So if you are looking for a taste of something different, give Tasia a try today!
For more info: Tasia 4728 S Campbell Ave Springfield (417) 890-6789