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Celebrate our 18th anniversary with us! 
May Wah Vegetarian Market was founded in 1995 as a small family business store located in the heart of Chinatown, New York City. After a decade of dedication to providing the highest of quality in both vegetarian consumer products and customer services, May Wah is now one of the largest distributors of vegetarian foods in New York State. And thanks to your ongoing support, we get to celebrate our 18th anniversary.

We would like to invite you to our anniversary celebration. Due to the increased amount of customer support we had last year, we will be turning our celebration into a two day event. It will be occurring on May 11th and May 12th at our retail store, 213 Hester Street NY 10013. We will be offering our customers samples to our new vegan line with free gift bags, raffles, and much more! 

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 11th and May 12th
Location: 213 Hester Street NY 10013
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM

And for the first time ever, all our retail, DRY and FROZEN, purchases will receive 10% discount! Our members will receive 15% discount!

Can't make it, don't worry! Order online and receive 10% off (MIN $75) from today to May 15th. 

Hope to see you there!


Here is the slideshow that is part of our New York Times "May Wah Vegetarian Market, a Beacon for Lovers of Imitation Meat".




We are honored to be selected to be a part of New York Times Neighborhood Spotlights. Enjoy the article!

IT was the vegan “beef chunks” that lured Chana Widawski to
May Wah Vegetarian Market in Chinatown on a recent evening. “I’m an outdoors person and a big camper,” she explained. The chewy dried brown nuggets had been a hit with friends on a recent canoe trip — “Everyone loved them,” she said — and she was back for more.

Annie Ling for The New York Times

Natasha Ruggeri, left, and Ashley Reader, vegans from Boston, at May Wah. More Photos »

Ms. Widawski, a social worker who lives in Hell’s Kitchen, is neither vegan nor vegetarian. But that hasn’t diminished her enthusiasm for May Wah’s offerings. When she stumbled on the place during a May Day rally two years ago, she recalled, “I thought: ‘Yes! That sounds awesome!’ ”

Going meatless presents little hardship in New York City. There are vegan and vegetarian restaurants of every description, to say nothing of cafes, ice cream parlors, doughnut shops, even food trucks. But May Wah fills a more unusual niche: selling meat substitutes. Near Chinatown’s border with Little Italy, its bright-green awning at the westernmost tip of Hester Street serves as a beacon to the flesh-averse and those who feed them.

With its lime-green walls, nonexistent décor and freezer section full of processed foods, May Wah looks less like a butcher shop than a 7-Eleven. But behind the freezer doors lurk soy doppelgängers of myriad cuts of the creatures of land and sea: black pepper steak, sugar cane chicken legs, citrus spare ribs, barbecue beef riblets, red spotted shrimp, imitation mutton, grilled eel and thick tubes of vegan ham. The frozen, sunny-side-up eggs are eerily perfect discs of soy and whey protein adorned with ersatz yolks the color of Doritos.

Flavor and texture can be less exacting matches. The “chicken” tastes like chicken, but some of the more exotic offerings are downright alien. Barbecue sauce gizzard is spongy and almost flavorless, while the (quite tasty) vegan shrimp resemble nothing so much as seasoned packing peanuts.

Lee Mee Ng, 58, opened May Wah in 1994 to satisfy her own craving for the fake meat she had eaten back home in Taiwan. At the beginning, business was fairly slow. But, Lily Ng, 28, her daughter, said: “People became more health-conscious over the last 10 years, and the younger generation is more animal-free. They ask their parents to get these items.”

Indeed, demand has been strong enough that May Wah has expanded twice to keep up, most recently three years ago. The store imports its products from Taiwan, where they are made by Taoist and Buddhist manufacturers; most bear the May Wah brand name. The inventory is 90 percent vegan and on its way to being completely animal-free. “There are more vegans these days,” said Ms. Ng, who helps manage her mother’s store.

May Wah’s customers include numerous churches and Buddhist temples that often buy whole “fish” and “chickens” for religious holidays, Ms. Ng said. The market also supplies many of the city’s vegetarian restaurants, though she preferred not to say which. “We also ship anywhere in the U.S.,” she said, motioning to an order slip she was filling out for a restaurant in Virginia. Unlike her mother, Ms. Ng is not a vegetarian (“I’m trying to transition”), but she has tried all of the store’s products. “It’s a requirement,” she said, laughing.

On a recent afternoon, Yuliya Tsukerman surveyed May Wah’s aisles before buying some vegan ham, a favorite. Ms. Tsukerman, 26, who is vegetarian, said the shop, which she first read about on Yelp, had been a boon for her home kitchen in Brooklyn.

“I go to restaurants that serve fake meat and thought there was magic involved, and that I could never make any of that stuff,” Ms. Tsukerman, a copywriter, said. “Then I found out all those restaurants get their meat from here. Why would I go to a restaurant when I can make this at home?” She laughed. “The charade is up.”


Last chance to place your orders and receive 15% discount off your ENTIRE $80 purchase!
Here's a little history to share with you...



Lucky number 7! We are ready for the relaunch of our mail order website and would like to share the celebration with you! 

Let's take a look at what our new site can offer you! 

Recipes - Enjoy delicious recipes and suggestions from us and other customers. 

Product Cooking Methods - Not sure how to prepare this product? Don't worry, each product has at least two suggestive cooking methods for you to try. 

Product Feedback - Get feedback on the products everybody enjoys.

Special Diets - Gluten Free? Soy Free? Vegetarian? Vegan? Your lists are ready for you. 

Why Vegetarian? - Why should we eat vegetarian? Here are some facts to convince just about anybody

Local Retailers - Maybe there is a local retailer for you to pick up some delicious vegetarian products

Social Media News - Hear about our news, deals, and much more first hand!

For the first time ever, we are offering discounts off your entire order. 




*Restrictions do apply. Please look below for more information.*

WEB ORDER ONLY. MAY NOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER PROMOTIONAL OFFERS. All purchases must have a minimum of $80, not including shipping and handling. All prices and product availability subject to change without notice. 15% discount are only limited for a certain amount of time period. The sale begins on NOW and ends on SEPTEMBER 12TH 12:00 PM AFTERNOON. Discounts only applies to online orders placed within the stated time period.


We are almost ready with the relaunch of our new website! We have new recipes, product information, reviews, and much more!

Unfortunately our customers cannot place orders yet. However we should be ready by the end of the month. Please forgive us while we want to double check out systems to make sure everything is perfect for our customers! Meanwhile, if our customers did placed orders, please expect our staff to contact you.

Thank you for your patience. Have a great day!

May Wah