Vegan eats in Sandusky, Ohio: Jo Wok


Jo Wok, a Thai restaurant in Sandusky that is open year-round, is located in the plaza next to Sandusky High School.  It’s next to a video rental place and a TSC.

709 West Perkins Avenue # 8  Sandusky, OH 44870

The people working at Jo Wok are incredibly sweet, though the last few times I went in there it took me a little while to explain what vegan meant.  They had vegetarian down 100%, but vegan was a little iffy.  So, while I was eating my massaman curry I decided to write it down for them.  After a short explanation, the lady working seemed very excited and immediately taped it to the wall beside the register!  Jo Wok is now vegan-friendly!

Every time I’ve been there I have ordered the “Yum Apple”, seaweed salad and massaman curry.

“Yum Apple” is comprised of green apples, sliced into matchsticks then covered with a few peanuts, coconut shavings, cilantro and a spicy chile-sauce.  Make sure you specify that you don’t want fish sauce, as I believe a regular order contains.

The seaweed salad is presented on a bed of cucumber and a few carrot shavings.

The massaman curry is pictured below.  It has great flavor, but is more of a cheat meal for me.  They fry the tofu.  I haven’t asked for it non-fried yet, primarily because I always forget, but if you like it that way, it’s done very well.

A friend of mine ordered Pad Thai, vegan.  It was just noodles, so I would specify that you want vegetable pad thai.

Again, they are very sweet people and very accommodating, as long as they understand what you’re saying.  But, they have a guide now!

When ordering Thai food:

  • No Fish Sauce
  • No Meat
  • No Seafood
  • No Cream Cheese (she suggested crab rangoon with no crab)
  • No eggs
  • No dairy
  • No butter
  • No cream
  • No chicken broth

I specify each of these things.  Yes, I know it seems redundant, but a lot of times people (even fluent English-speaking-people) don’t make the connection between chicken and chicken broth.