Vegan in Bangkok

Finding vegan food in Bangkok is easier than you’d think. Despite the Thai’s love of fish sauce, vegan alternatives can be found all over the city. With the help of a friend (who has the Bangkok sky train system down to a tee), I’ve pulled together a few of my favourite vegan restaurants that Bangkok has to offer (and how to get to them).

Veganerie

Veganerie Bangkok is GREAT for sweet treats, however, they also do a nice range of savoury food. Presentation is definitely the strong point of this Bangkok bakery. The restaurant has a slight hipster feel to it, serving orders in mason jars and stylish wooden boards. I was there around Halloween whilst they were running a ‘spooky’ menu of vegan treats; Nutella frappes, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin custard pudding. Salivating yet? If they’re still doing the frappe, don’t miss it! I also recommend a block of their sushi rolls.

Where: Take the sky train to Chit Lom station. Just along from the station is a mall called Mercury Ville. You’ll find Veganerie on the 4th floor

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May Veggie Home

Hankering for a traditional Thai dish? May Veggie Home serves all of the traditional Thai meat dishes you see around the city, but in vegan form. They also serve a couple of western dishes (but when in Rome, right?). I ordered so much stuff here that I couldn’t move. Please try The Kaeng Som ( a Thai sour and spicy curry/soup) and the mushrooms wrapped in ‘bacon’.

Where: Take the sky train to Asok. When you get off, walk down the right hand side of the road. The restaurant is opposite the Terminal 21 mall.

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May Kaidee

My favourite Vegan restaurant in Bangkok! It was the first one I ever stumbled upon and I did my first ever Thai cookery class here.  May Kaidee serves loads of traditional Thai dishes with tofu and soy meats replacements. Try anything that has their peanut sauce accompaniment. Their Massaman curry is also one of my favourites.

Where: A vegan backpackers delight. No sky train needed. Thi small chain has a few sites, but their biggest is just off Khao San road. Walk to the bottom of Khao San, where there is a Burger King at the end. Turn left, then a quick right down the first little alley you find on your right hand side. It looks a bit dodgy. Its not. The restaurant is situated behind where the Burger King is.

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If in doubt…

Two years living in Thailand taught me that it’s just not in most Thais’ culture to consider animal welfare alongside their food. Meat is, traditionally, a bit part of their diet. For that reason, I was often told something was vegetarian, only to find it had fish sauce in it. To avoid this, its worth learning how to explain that you don’t eat any animals products. I found the fastest way to do this was to explain that you were ‘kin jay’. This translates to to ‘eat no animal products’. Being jay actually comes from the Chinese Buddhism ritual of not eating animal products. The practice is about keeping the body pure and clean and often negates things like onion (and other smelly foods) from the diet as well. For me, it was the easiest way to ensure I had no animal products. The Thais are very understanding and accommodating of those following religious beliefs.

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