Southeast Asia Vegan style

Dear Readers,

I am officially back from my travels and am ready to share with you the vast range of vegan restaurants I have discovered whilst in Southeast Asia. Admittedly I had around a week in each country so missed out on visiting many of the restaurants but here is a brief overview of the ones I did visit! Unfortunately we struggled to find any vegan places in Laos and so although we visited it, it is not included in the list below.

THAILAND

I only spent a total of 5 days in Thailand which for the most part was spent running around banks trying to sort out my money, after a taking a travel card with me that didn’t actually work in Southeast Asia….not my greatest moment for sure! However I did squeeze in a few visits to vegan restaurants amongst the chaos, which I would highly recommend!

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Chaing Mai-

Vegan Heaven

A large menu full of western vegan food, the menu was so great we had to visit several times…. This was the first place in Southeast Asia I had an english cooked breakfast and the last unfortunately. It was very good featuring ‘bacon’, beans, hash browns, grilled tomatoes and toast. You could also mix it up by adding some of their extras such as tofu scrambled egg or avocado.

Later that day we returned for dinner, we chose their burger and sushi which was made with brown rice since they had run out of white which I actually preferred in the end 🙂 and finished by sharing a waffle topped with ice cream and dark chocolate sauce. The staff were very friendly and were glad to see us back!

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Bangkok- 

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Veganerie Concept

This was my last and best stops throughout the trip! Most likely because I had been missing delicious western vegan deserts which this place was packed with! The bakery is a small chain of 3, which offers a huge range of food from vegan milkshakes and cakes to savoury salads and burgers.

During my visit my boyfriend and I tried their milkshakes, he tried the brownie flavoured concoction whilst I had the mint choc chip. My boyfriend was disappointed with the brownie milkshake, he found it too dark and rich for his tastes but we both agreed mine was delicious!

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This mint choice chip milkshake was divine, my only complaint would be the ‘cream’ was very thick making the drink incredibly filling and rich that I was unable to finish it!!IMG_2159.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re craving western food and looking for a sweet fix this is the place to go 🙂

 

Ethos

A vegetarian restaurant just off Khao San Road which has a very hippie relaxed vibe to it, with cushions on the floor around low tables and no shoes but don’t worry if thats not your style as they also offer traditional table and chairs too! Their menu is a range of healthy organic western, Indian, Eastern and Thai cuisine. I had their vegan lentil soup which was really tasty whilst my boyfriend tried their strawberry pancakes with coconut cream.

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Broccoli revolution 

I went here for dinner one evening and was delighted by their range of healthy vegan dishes. To start we shared avocado and tomato bruschetta with sunflower seeds and nachos cause why not? It was our last night together for a while. Sorry for the poor quality photos.IMG_2169.jpg

 

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I had their chilli veg bowl which had quinoa, avocado, kidney beans, tomatoes, carrots and sweet potato…YUM. They have a range of veg bowls as well as other main courses such as curries and burgers (all vegan friendly). IMG_2149.jpgIMG_2186.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIETNAM

My favourite country I had the pleasure of visiting in Southeast Asia, I spent 11 days here which gave the chance to try plenty of delicious hidden vegan treasures on the way.

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-This yummy stir fry was eaten at Healthy farm in Ho Chi Minh City, district 1. To make the dishes you go a hand pick the ingredients you want from the noodles to the sauce. They also have a couple of set dishes such as their burger and vegan egg. It can be a cheap, tasty place to eat depending on what you pick.

 

 

 

Hoi An-

Karma Waters

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This was a tiny restaurant hidden away on a quiet street in the beautiful Hoi An town in Vietnam. On first impressions we were delighted with their wall covered in inspiring vegan truths and quotes etc. The staff were very friendly and the food was the best I had in Vietnam. The menu consisted of a range of cuisine from vietnamese to indian to western. I ordered their stir fried noodles with tofu and veg. I can hands down say this was the best stir fried noodle and veg dish I had in the month I spent in Southeast Asia! That’s saying something since I lived on this dish most of the time when we were eating out at non vegan restaurants with friends.  The tofu was used to make a creamy sauce which coated the noodles making it super tasty.

My boyfriend had their Indian bean curry which he raved about for weeks afterwards. He said it was perfectly spiced and flavoursome beating all the curries he had had in Southeast Asia!

Hue 

Ngu Ha Garden Vegetarian Restaurant

This place has a beautiful, quiet setting found in the backstreets of Hue. The menu was only in Vietnamese but the owner translated everything for us and was very helpful. He said they were planning on releasing an english menu soon! We had their Guava salad with crispy tofu, red pepper and basil. It was a smart restaurant with lots of local vietnamese customers which was refreshing. We also tried their spring rolls which were so good. Their fried tofu we didn’t enjoy as we found the tofu too squishy and flavourless.

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Hanoi

Minh Chay

IMG_1835.jpgWe went to this restaurant twice whilst in Hanoi, the restaurant served western and vietnamese food. We tried a range of their food including their vegetable kebabs which was yummy 🙂

I tried their pizza once. Whilst I can say I did enjoy most of their food, the pizza was an exception. Not only was it expensive, but it was flavourless and the vegan cheese was bland with a chalk texture. However their noodle soup with mock meat was delicious from their vietnamese menu, I forgot to take a picture of it (sorry).  Overall, we found the menu very hit and miss.

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Jalus

This was my boyfriend’s favourite vegan restaurant of the trip, the owner supports disadvantaged youths in Vietnam. The cafe is very eco-orientated with bamboo straws and wooden eco interior design. Unfortunately I forgot my phone so had to use the awful camera on my boyfriends phone, trust me the food looked better than this!19046762_1311777622203676_156809467_n.jpg

This is their chickpea burger with sweet potato fries. I thought the meal was okay but found it to be a bit dry.

My boyfriend of course had their curry and their brownie which he said was the best he’d ever had.

 

 

CAMBODIA

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Cambodia had the loveliest people who had suffered such great hardship after the genocide that occurred during Pol pot’s regime.

I was terrible at remembering to record the food I managed to record just this one meal. I enjoyed this delicious coconut milk based curry with steamed jasmine rice in Seam Reap but for the life of me cannot remember the restaurant I had it at!

 

 

It was amazing to see how many vegan restaurants their are now, no matter where you are in the world. I have met people who think its impossible to stay vegan whilst travelling countries such as these but I am happy to say ‘I DID IT’, so you can too! And thats the wrap, hope you’ve been inspired to give some of these fab places a visit if you’re ever passing by… 😀

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

 

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Cacao porridge

Dear Readers,

Here is a recipe for my favourite breakfast, I eat this most days…

1 cup organic coconut and rice milk

1/2 Cup porridge oats

1 tbsp cacao powder

1/2 tbsp coconut sugar

1 Handful of blueberries

optional extra fruit- bananas, strawberries, apples or raspberries work best!

Method-

Heat the milk and oats in a pan until the mixture boils. Then lower the heat and leave it to simmer for around 5 minutes allowing the mixture to thicken. Once complete take off the heat and stir in the cacao powder and sugar. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the fruit and you are done!

I hope you enjoy this breakfast recipe,

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

Sweet Potato, Butter bean and Tomato pasta sauce

Dear Readers,

Yesterday I had very few ingredients in the house which actually ended up being to my advantage, as It resulted in the creation of this pasta sauce recipe! Again as usual it is so simple but delicious.
Here it is;

(serves 4)

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-1 Onion

-200ml water (add more if needed

-2 Cloves of Garlic

-1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped

-2 tins of tomatoes

– 1 Tin of butter beans

– A coupe of handfuls of Spinach (however much you like)

-Spaghetti (enough for 4 people)

Method

In a large pan melt coconut oil, then add onion and cook till the onions begin to sweat. Add the garlic, stir till garlic is partially cooked. Then add chopped sweet potatoes and water, put a lid on and leave to simmer for around 20 minutes. Once the potato looks like its starting to soften add the tomatoes and beans.

Meanwhile in another pan boil water in preparation for spaghetti, once its reached boiling point add a sprinkling of salt and the pasta. This should take 8-10 minutes to cook

Stir, replace lid and leave to cook for another 10minutes. Once the potato looks fully cooked add the spinach and leave until spinach has cooked.

Top the pasta with the sauce and you’re done, enjoy 🙂

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

 

Falafel Wrap

Dear Readers,

Another of my favourite quick lunches to make when I’m on the go is this falafel wrap. Its so easy and seriously good 🙂 You must give it a try…..

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Here is the recipe;

1 wrap

1tbs Hummus (more or less depending on size of your wrap and personal preference)

1 or 2 Falafel Balls (I bought mine from a supermarket but they are easy to make yourself)

2 Lettuce leaves

3 cherry tomatoes chopped

Cucumber (as much as you want) diced or sliced

Optional squeeze of lemon juice

Method-

Spread hummus on wrap, break up falafel balls into small pieces and place on edge of wrap, next to it in lines, lay out the other ingredients, apart from the lettuce which you can lay over the top of the rest. Then squeeze the lemon juice and roll up the rap starting from the side. Slice diagonally in the middle of the wrap and tuck in the sides. Done! Yes it is that simple!

The wrap in progress…..

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Hope you have many delicious lunch times with this wrap 🙂

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

A good place for brunch

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Recently I visited the Boston Tea Party in Cheltenham, if you haven’t heard of this place it a  serves breakfast all day long!
I was pleasantly surprised at the range of vegan dishes on their menu which most I have yet to see be offered in other restaurants or cafes. Their food is delicious and they have a unique, cosy atmosphere making it the perfect place for a spot of sunday brunch…. 🙂

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They offer a vegan cooked breakfast (which I chose, see below) that consists of Grilled mushrooms, baked beans, roasted potatoes, grilled tomatoes and toast, which I would definitely recommend. They also have healtheir options such as porridge made with coconut milk or avocado on toast, grilled mushrooms on toast or Granola. So as far as eating brunch out goes for a vegan I would say this is a pretty good option… 🙂

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Everyday I am discovering more and more places catering for vegans which is so encouraging for our future!

I hope you all have a good weekend 🙂

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx