Dear Vegan at Heart,
Today your mission is to read about vegan options at restaurants that serve delicious international fare.
When I tell people I’m vegan, they often look at my sympathetically and say, “that must be hard when you go out to dinner.” Um. Not even REMOTELY…as long as I choose a vegan-friendly restaurant. Restaurants that serve cuisines from around the world happen to be some of the most vegan-friendly restaurants around. And while your waiter might not have heard the word “vegan” before, they are usually happy to make small adjustments to dishes once you explain about "no meat, no fish, no milk, no cheese," etc. Just ask them to replace the meat or dairy with veggies and/or tofu!
[Note: be sure to ask for "no ghee," a clarified butter that's usually added at the end of cooking]
[Note: fresh pastas are usually made with egg, but dry pastas and whole wheat pastas usually aren't.]
[Note: you might want to ask for no fish sauce in the miso soup.]
MIDDLE EASTERN (Israeli, Lebanese, Turkish, etc.)
[Note: specify no fish sauce for these as well.]
There are many more vegan-friendly world cuisines to explore, including Caribbean, Malaysian and Vietnamese. Enjoy!
P.s. Agua y vitaminas!
No Pad Thai
In my experience being raised on asian foods by my vietnamese grandmother, pad thai ALWAYS uses fish sauce. Unless you make it yourself, it has to use fish sauce because the sauce that is used on pad thai already has fish sauce mixed in. SO, unless you only get the noodles with nothing on them, then it is neither vegan nor vegetarian.
|Lauren (Sat, 2nd Jun, 2012)|
Love the suggestions
Great options and I'm discovering that it really isn't that difficult to make vegan choices and restaurants. Great options!
|Sarah T. (Wed, 23rd May, 2012)|