Is Thai food vegan friendly

Vegan in Thailand - travel report and highlights

Thailand is (s) t vegan too! In addition to beautiful nature, nice people and historical temples, the vegetable cuisine to travel to Thailand. Which were my absolute highlights that you definitely shouldn't miss on your next vacation in Southeast Asia? I'll tell you!

Vegan highlights in Bangkok

Let's go in Bangkok. It's loud, crowded and turbulent in the metropolis - especially on the infamous Khao San Road in the old town. The street food and the restaurants in the street with a Ballermann atmosphere are more like a tourist rip-off, but the visit is still worth it. Right around the corner, in a small and quieter side street, you will find three vegan / vegetarian restaurants side by side: that mango, Number 1 vegetarian and Ethos. The latter in particular is worth a visit at any time of the day. As "Best Vegan Muesli Bowl in Bangkok“The advertised bowl keeps what it promises: lots of fresh fruit, homemade coconut yoghurt and granola. The perfect start to the day! And that too fried tempeh and the CurriesWe indulged ourselves here for dinner were amazing.

But there are also some veggie spots in the more modern, eastern urban area, where new sky trains, shopping malls and high-rises adorn the area. This is a top address for dinner May Veggie Home. The kitchen is here 100% vegan and offers creative Thai food as well as some western dishes. Our starter, Enoki mushrooms wrapped in vegan ham, was hearty and tasty and the main dishes were also pleasing. Lots of fresh vegetables, often tasty prepared fake meat and aromatic sauces. With prices around 4.00 to 5.00 euros per main course there is really nothing to complain about! The restaurant is not one of them for nothing most popular vegan locations the capital.

Say cheese! Vegan cheese!

But now we come to mine absolute highlight in Bangkok. Also in the east of the city, in the Sukhumvit district, is the Barefood Bangkok. And there is vegan cheese there. A lot and really good ones vegan cheese! The big bodies all open up Cashew base made and fermented on site for several weeks. The varieties on offer range from natural to paprika to smoked cheese and already looked very appealing in the counter. We couldn't help ourselves but one mixed cheese platter to order. A few fresh fruits and homemade bread crackers are served with it. And what should I say? It was great! Each variety had its own taste and character and unfortunately the cheese was consumed far too quickly. I could have eaten a second serving straight away! Also nice: you eat here, together with all the other guests, at a large wooden table in the middle of the room - this creates a really cozy kitchen-living room feeling.

Off to the north

From Bangkok it is now in the North of the country. Because that's where the real thing is vegan epicenter of Thailand. One more reason for us to spend the majority of our trip there. The beautiful and relaxed city Chiang Mai is a pleasant change after the stressful Bangkok. It is much more comfortable here, the village is home to many western backpackers and offers one good selection of vegan locations. Cafés, restaurants, vegan street food stalls, Western and Asian cuisine - there is something for every taste and hunger. Be it the fruity Mango Muesli Bowl in the Goodsouls Kitchenwho have favourited delicious cinnamon rolls in the Blue diamond or the delicious and extremely cheap Thai food at Bee Vegan (We paid just under 7 euros for two starters, two main courses and two drinks).

Pai - The vegan Mecca of Thailand

Still, Chiang Mai is just a taste of Thailand's true vegan hotspot: Pai. The small town with just around 2300 inhabitants is a Mecca for fans of plant-based food. It is around two hours' minibus ride west of Chiang Mai, in a valley in the middle of Thailand Mountainous region of Mae Hong Son. The landscape alone is incredibly beautiful: canyons, waterfalls, hot springs and large, lush green rice fields. In the one under backpacker as Hippi village touted Pai, words like “yoga”, “vegan” and “meditation” are a good form. The accommodations: small bamboo bungalows with a multitude of hammocks, the tourists: backpackers with an alternate touch, the atmosphere: peaceful and relaxed. Suddenly we were in a microcosm in which time stands still and the world seems perfectly fine. No wonder that the planned three days turned into a one-week stay.

From bowls, ice cream and Thai food

We mostly had breakfast in Fat Cat, a cozy tree house-style café that is overgrown by pumpkin tendrils and in whose garden many ingredients are grown by the owners themselves. Whether it's the Rice Banana Bowl, the Avocado Salad on Toast or the muesli with fruit salad - it's not only delicious here, but also healthy. Also in Earth tone, just a few meters further, you can have breakfast and lunch very well. My tip: The Buckwheat waffles with fruit salad and a scoop of chocolate-banana-peanut ice cream. The hammer! If you like to eat fruit bowls, you should definitely eat it Bom Bowl past. They have a creative and large selection of the popular healthy food - from acai to peanut chocolate bowl. And if you are in the mood for hearty Asian cuisine: in the purely vegan Chew Xing is there chinese food with really good fake meat and at Charlie & Lek and Nana’s, both not purely vegetarian / vegan but with a great selection, there are damn good and inexpensive thai food. A little tip: be sure to try the traditional dish "Fried Morning Glory“Fried water spinach with garlic in a strong sauce sounds simple - but it's worth it every time!

In addition to the many restaurants and cafés, there is another place that you definitely shouldn't miss: the evening Food market on Walking Street. Almost every booth here offers vegan food : Indian vegan nan rolls, chocolate balls, fruit drinks, curries, Kanom Krok (small Thai pancakes made from rice and coconut) and my absolute highlight: Burmese-style tea leaf salad (it was so delicious that I got it every other day I ate and still dream of it today).

Yes! Thailand is (s) t vegan too

But even if you are traveling somewhere else in Thailand - be it in the east or on the islands - in my experience you will find delicious vegan food everywhere. Just that Happy Cow app was really a good and practical companion for us on the trip. And basically you should never be afraid to ask, whether a dish can also be made vegan. In many restaurants and cafés, “vegan” is not a foreign word and, especially with curries and pasta dishes, it is usually not a problem to veganize the dish and replace the meat with tofu. Attention coffee lovers! The same goes for milk: many cafes have, in addition to animal milk, too Coconut milk in the range - often homemade and freshly made and extremely tasty in coffee.

My conclusion: Traveling in Thailand is great and you certainly won't starve to death. But on the contrary! The vegan scene is big - especially in the north of the country. But you can also find delicacies on a purely plant basis everywhere. We were definitely not disappointed in culinary terms!

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