Eating Vegan Food at Pei Wei (Main Dish)

Eating a vegan meal at Pei Wei can be 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 the ingredients list for their menu items.

Weirdly enough, this fast-casual chain only offers an ingredients list for five 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.

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Pei Wei’s Honey-Seared Tofu and Vegetables Dish

Surprisingly, Pei Wei’s Honey Sauce doesn’t contain any honey. 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 look at the 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 Brown Rice
  • 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 Honey-Seared Tofu & Vegetables with either white or brown rice.

Update: I found 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:

  • Egg
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Tree Nuts
  • Wheat

You can check each food item to see if this dish contains any of the above ingredients.

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