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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Avocado Pasta and some exciting news!

Dear Readers,

Yesterday I cooked up a delicious avocado pasta dish which was super easy to make and 100% plant-based of course! I have made it before but I tweaked the recipe this time and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Here is what you need…

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1 Avocado

1 Garlic clove

5 or 6 Basil Leaves (add to taste)

1 Tbsp Soya Yogurt

1/2 Lemon (juiced)

Seasoning

Organic wholegrain fusilli

Method:

Blend all the ingredients apart from the Pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and stir in the avocado sauce to warm and then serve.

As for my exciting news, I have officially booked to begin travelling as of next Thursday (16th March)! I cant wait to post all about my journey which starts in Dubai, followed by southeast Asia. Then onto volunteering in Bali where I will spend my time teaching children about the environment after which I’m heading to Singapore and Malaysia 🙂

Hope you enjoy the recipe and keep your eye on this blog for updates on my adventures!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog through email or simply click the follow button in order not to miss anything…

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

Cheesy vegan ragu

Dear Readers,

Now that the weather has definitely changed into cold autumnal days I find this meal I made for lunch a perfect solution to warming me up!

Its super quick, cheap and easy as always;

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1 Onion (chopped)

1 garlic clove (diced)

1tbs coconut or olive oil 1 courgette

1/2 can chickpeas

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 cup spinach

1/4 of a slab of violife cheese (gary) or any vegan cheese of your preference (minimum)

2/3 leaves of basil

Method

Heat the oil in a pan, then add the onions and courgette, sweat for 5minutes then add the garlic. Allow to continue to sweat until onions are clear then add the tomatoes and chickpeas.

Simmer for 10minutes or until courgette is properly cooked…..

Finally add the spinach and cheese which you can dice or grate in. Once the cheese is melted into the mixture and the spinach is cooked serve with the basil leaves on top.

I hope you enjoy this delicious vegan comfort food 🙂

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

Kale & Avocado salad

Dear Readers,

This salad is super healthy but most importantly equally delicio14331658_10202199395864105_1288486512_n.jpgus and easy to make,

All you need is;

3 Cups Kale

1/2 Broccoli head

1/2 can chickpeas

1 Garlic clove

2 Tsp coconut oil

1 Avocado

1/4 Cup sunflower seeds

1/2 lemon (Juice)

Method:

Dice the clove of garlic and prepare the broccoli heads. Steam the Broccoli and Kale in separate saucepans, meanwhile fry the chickpeas in the oil and garlic until they begin to brown. Remove from the heat and put in a serving bowl along with the avocado. Then once cooked drain the kale and broccoli and combine along with the lemon juice. Finally sprinkle the sunflower seeds on top.

I promise you won’t regret giving this salad a go! Its packed full of nutrients and doesn’t harm a single animal, what more could you want? 🙂

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

 

 

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

Brighton

Dear Readers,

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I have been incredibly busy I started a new job today as a kitchen assistant in Boston tea party which I am currently loving 🙂

Last month I visited Brighton for the weekend with some close friends who nearly all were vegan 🙂 We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit!IMG_7789.jpg

We found some pretty delicious places to eat which I thought might appeal, so here they are!

Purezza, 

This place was the highlight of our trip, 10/10 :D. The restaurant was predominantly vegan pizzas but also offer raw bowls (perfect if you are a raw vegan)! As well as vegan desserts, starters, sides and vegan certified alcoholic beverages. Not only are their pizza’s vegan but also very creative and unusual.

Between us we had (left to right)

Nacho pizza (guacamole base), Pepperoni pizza (using seitan), Hawaiana and Fumosa.

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This is another brilliant 100% vegan restaurant, if you are looking for a more elegant and healthy vegan meal this place is ideal. Although much more expensive than anywhere else we ate, it was so worth it. The food is presented creatively and the unusual and exciting flavours make the entire meal very enjoyable. We ordered their sets which are displayed almost like an afternoon tea.

The Loving Hut

When we eventually found it, the cafe was a very small building on the edge of a park. Their menu offered a wide range of vegan options from’ fish’ to ‘pork’ to ‘vegan lasagna’.

I had their fish and chips which I was overwhelmed by how realistic their fish was since it even mimicked fish skin. I really enjoyed the meal apart from finding it a bit too greasy. IMG_7672.jpg

The others had ‘chicken burgers’ which didn’t go down so well, the taste was not very realistic and was again too greasy.

 

 

 

 

Boho gelato,

This was not 100% vegan but did offer some vegan options which were clearly labelled.   The parlour was very popular and we had to queue out the door to get one, we found the gelato very sweet but delicious, would definitely recommend it! We ate it in the park before we caught the train home… 😦 IMG_7781.jpg

I would really recommend visiting Brighton if you are vegan as it offers an abundance of choice for you and is such a vibrant city to visit. Wish I could visit their more often, I hope you found this post useful!

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

 

Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Dear Readers,

Sorry its been such a long time! My laptop broke and so i was unable to post anything but its all sorted now 🙂

I thought i would share with you all another very simple recipe for a curry I made up the other day,

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Ingredients-

2tbs Coconut oil

1 Onion (chopped)

2 cloves of garlic (diced)

1 large baking potato

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 tin Chickpeas

4 Carrots

400ml water

1 tsp Smoked Paprika

1 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp ground coriander

3 Handfuls of spinach

Brown rice (as much as you like)

Method:

Heat a large saucepan with coconut oil, add the chopped onion and cook until the onion begins to sweat usually around 8 minutes and then add the diced garlic. Cook for a further 2 minutes.

Whilst the onion is cooking prepare your vegetables, peel and chop carrots and potatoes. Once garlic and onion have cooked add potatoes and carrots to the saucepan, stir for a minute then add the water. Place a lid and leave to cook for around 10 minutes. In a separate sauce pan begin cooking your rice.

After 10 minutes remove the lid to your saucepan and add your tomatoes and spices. Leave to cook for another 5 minutes. Then add your chickpeas and spinach, cook for another 5 minutes or until your carrots and potatoes are soft. Once rice is cooked take off the heat and drain. Thats all!

It was so good, I hope you all love it as much as I did. I will be trying to keep posting regularly again but as I’m about to start taking my final year of A level exams I’m not promising anything…..

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