Why you vegetarians are STILL EATING CHICKEN, DUCK, FISH, PORK, MUTTON etc
They teased and laugh and mock and pass many very sacarstic remarks about this.
Everytime I get a question like this , I will reply with the following :
(1). The seller have to be business minded and they have to come up with all kinds of creative names in their menus , in order to attract a bigger customer base ( including non vegetarians,) in order to sustain viability of his commercial outfit. The vegetarian population / customer base is still limited and will not be able to give the business owner enough business to sustain business continuity and feasibility . Therefore the vegetarian " animal " menus and dishes is mainly to satisfy and attract the non vegetarians, rather than the vegetarians The " name" of the dish is after all only a word and a sales marketing promotion tactic.
(2). . For the person eating, it is better that the person is eating a dish, with a animal name but actually the ingredients are vegetarian. This is definitely much better for the person, ( and also the animals and the planet) . Much much better than if the person is eating a actual real animal dish.
(3). Real vegetarians who are eating the " animal " named dish is not attracted at all by the name , they are not eating the dish because of the name. The name does not affect them at all . They understand very well that the seller can call it any name so as to attract, promote and step by step convert / attract nonvegetarians to vegetarian
In most situations, I know and sensed that the person is only asking for " fun" and trying to self justify for being a non vegetarian. In such cases, I will not take his questions seriously and just laugh his question away and take it with a pinch of salt .
In all my situations, the above is more than enough to make the questioner " shut up" and sometimes actually feel embarrassed that he have asked in the first place.
Have you similar experiences of being questioned about vegetarian " animal " dishes ? How have you handled it. Do share it with all of us so that we can learn and most likely come up with a very creative long list and maybe jokes that we can share and use.