Eating a vegan meal at Pei Wei can be a little tricky but it’s doable. And no, we’re not talking about their salads.
The tricky part about eating vegan at Pei Wei is hunting down their ingredients list for their menu items.
Weirdly enough, this fast-casual chain only offers an ingredients list for five of entrees on their Wei It Forward page. Unfortunately, only one of them can be customized to be made vegan.
At least it’s something.
In this article, we’ll review the Honey-Seared dish and what options to choose to make the meal vegan.
Pei Wei’s Honey-Seared Dish
Surprisingly, Pei Wei’s Honey Sauce doesn’t actually contain any honey. Kind of ugh, weird to name a meal after an ingredient that it doesn’t contain, but hey I’m rollin’ with it.
Honey Sauce Ingredients
Here’s the ingredients list for their Honey Sauce:
INGREDIENTS: Honey Sauce (Sugar, Sake Wine, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Soy Sauce [Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt].
Source: Pei Wei
Safe to say, their Honey Sauce is bee-free! 😋
Next we’ll take a look at their full ingredients list for their Honey-Seared dish.
Full Ingredients List
Here’s the full ingredients list for their Honey-Seared dish:
INGREDIENTS: Honey Sauce (Sugar, Sake Wine, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Soy Sauce [Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt], contains less than 2% of: Roasted Garlic Puree [Garlic, Water, Citric Acid], Salt, Vegetable Oil [Soybean and/or Canola Oil], Dried Garlic, Spice, Corn Starch), Fresh Chicken, Soybean Oil, Water, Green Bell Peppers, Rice Sticks (Rice, Water, Soybean Oil, Citric Acid), Scallions, Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Four, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Wheat Flour, Cornstarch, Chili Oil (Soybean Oil, Chili Oil, Sesame Oil, Seasoning), Egg, Tamari Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Salt, Sugar), Baking Soda, Baking Powder (Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate), Modified Food Starch, Garlic Powder, Salt, White Pepper, Ginger.
Source: Pei Wei
You’ll notice that I’ve bolded the words in the ingredients list that are animal products. Since this order is to be made with either Tofu & Vegetables or just Vegetables, there’s no need to ask to remove these ingredients.
Four Ways to Veganize the Honey-Seared Dish
- Honey-Seared Tofu & Vegetables With White Rice
- Honey-Seared Tofu & Vegetables With Brown Rice (pictured above)
- Honey-Seared Tofu & Vegetables With Heritage Mixed Greens
- Honey-Seared Tofu & Vegetables With Lettuce Cups
Personally, I like the Honey-Seared Tofu & Vegetables with either white or brown rice.
Update: I was able to find Pei Wei’s updated nutrition info page. It’s in PDF format and it lists all of their food offerings and even has common dietary restrictions/allergens listed such as:
- Tree Nuts
You can check each food item to see if this dish contains any of the above ingredients.
Please note that these findings are consistent with the information available to me from my own research. Information published typically comes directly from a company source, study, scholarly article, or otherwise credible source. If you find incorrect information within any of my articles, please feel welcome to contact me with a trusted source to back your proposed update.