Standout vegetarian Asian dishes on Long Island

Ruby's Asian Fusion's lovely vegetarian stir-fry of eggplant Ruby's Asian Fusion's lovely vegetarian stir-fry of eggplant and tofu with basil garlic sauce. (Jan. 5, 2012) Photo Credit: Johnny Simon

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You don't have to be a carnivore to eat well at an Asian restaurant. Traditionally, Asian cultures place a greater emphasis on vegetables than on meat.

Here are three Asian restaurants where the menus include excellent alternatives to meat and fish.

RUBY ASIAN FUSION & SUSHI BAR, Woodbury

One of the standouts at this well-appointed Asian newcomer is a fragrant and full-flavored stir-fry of eggplant and tofu with basil garlic sauce.

HOSHI SUSHI & HIBACHI, Patchogue

The tofu teriyaki at this combination sushi and hibachi restaurant features cubes of fresh, soft Japanese tofu that are lightly coated with tempura flour, flash-fried, then drizzled with tempura sauce. A light crunch yields to a lush interior.

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UMI SUSHI JAPANESE CUISINE, Hauppauge

At this Japanese strip-mall spot, vegetarians as well as carnivores would do well to order either the peanut- avocado roll or the sweet potato tempura roll. Better yet, both.

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