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!
I'd also add tabouli (bulgur salad) to the Middle Eastern list. And most of the sushi places near me also offer shiitake rolls and daikon radish rolls, plus tasty seaweed salads and, or course, edamame. Indian restaurants are great for vegans, but make sure you ask them to subsitute vegetable oil for the ghee.
|Dojna (Tue, 11th Aug, 2009)|
Thanks so much for this one! This was one of my biggest concerns about becoming a vegan.
|Leah (Tue, 12th May, 2009)|