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The Happy Bamboo
1711 Branham Lane
San Jose (South Bay/Silicon Valley)
Vegetarian, Vietnamese
The menu at The Happy Bamboo is almost all vegan and most of it Vietnamese or Asian-inspired. There's also a vegetarian tuna salad ($6.15) and out of nowhere, Hungarian goulash and spaghetti (both $6.99). Au Lac vermicelli ($6) is a good approximation of the real thing, minus the pork or chicken. It's served in a bowl with chopped lettuce, bean sprouts, shredded cucumber, spring rolls and porkish, red-tinted tofu that’s supposed to mimic barbecued pig. The happy veggie burger ($5.95) is indeed a happy meal. A large veggie chicken patty arrives lightly battered and fried katsu-style and topped with sautéed, teriyaki-flavored mushrooms and onions. Served with a slice of tomato, lettuce and alfalfa sprouts on a Kaiser roll with a side of thick cut fries, it's a satisfying sandwich.

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