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Vegan travelling to Saigon, Vietnam // food tips for the road

I’m in Vietnam since a week now. I travelled from Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, to the Mekong Delta and back to get to the center of Vietnam, Da Nang and to Hoi An. I like this country so far. There are lots of really nice and helpful people, the weather is hot but I could handle that.

If I travelled on a sleeping bus there was a woman sitting next to me. If the bus stopped and some food traiders come into the bus for selling their fruits and vegetables, this woman offered me immediately one of her buttercorn (it was made with plant oil, i smelled it). She was so sweet! I really love the people

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But when it comes to vegan food in general it could get a bit difficult for you. I would like to share some tips with you.

1.) Make a list
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Write down your favorite things you’d like to eat and ask your receptionist at the hotel to put it down in the spoken language for you. Or get it from the menu if you’re in a restaurant where they translate their dishes.

2.) Whenever your in a supermarket where they sell any kinds of vegan food like fruit, bread, jam or whatever, get what you could carry and store. Just in case…

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Noodles with veggies and nuts at the l’usine.

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3.) don’t be shy

Ask the waiter if you could have just a rice/noodles with vegetables. That should be ok all around asia.

4.) eat a lot
If you’re in a restaurant with vegan food then eat as much as you can 🙂 You don’t have to starve a long time till you find another food court.

You don’t have to be scared of asia because you’re vegan. There’s always a way to get good food for you! But sometimes it turns out that eating vegetarian is a good compromise here in Vietnam, because you never know what they especially put on the veggies or in the soup even if it looks ,clean‘. I really enjoy my time up here and I hope you liked the quick tips for the road.

What do you do as a vegan abroad? Any tips I might add to this list?

I had some great experiences here in Saigon at these places:

– the khanhcasa tea house http://khanhcasa.com

– the hum restaurant http://www.hum-vegetarian.vn/default.aspx

– the l’usine restaurant http://lusinespace.com

xoxo,

Alex

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Vegan brunch – meet family and friends

Dear Vegans,

if you read this blogpost I’m officially on my way to Saigon, Vietnam. I’m looking so forward to get there I couldn’t tell 🙂

Before I headed to South East Asia I had a real good brunch with my family on a Sunday morning.

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They aren’t vegan but they share my experience with that lifestyle and even my stepfather brought a vegan apple pie he made for me. That was sooo sweet! So we had a great time together and ate real good stuff.

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I bought a few vegan pastes like tomatoes spices, curry and a paste called „Bauernschmaus“ which means it’s spiced rustically.

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I also made plates with lots of fruit like mangoes, raspberrys, strawberrys and bananas which I topped with roasted coconut.

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As a dip I took coconut whip from Soyatoo.We used this for the pie as well and my stepfather really liked this one in his coffee.

We drank a smoothie made from my boyfriend with bananas, kiwis and oranges.

I wanted to have a salad with basil and tomatoes- I love love love the italian cuisine! So I did a bread salad with wholewheat toast and roasted the toast in a pan with olive oil and topped it with truffle oil. I mixed it all together in a bowl and I added some balsamico vinegar. It was delicious! My mum couldn’t stop eating this 🙂

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I also prepared my beloved avo-cucumber salad, you could find the recipe here: https://veganmunich.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/avocado-meets-cucumber-a-delicious-combination/

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It was such a fun and hands down- it wasn’t that busy preparing those things but all of our snacks were great and very tasty!

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Do you want to surprise your non-vegan friends? You’re good to go, the best thing for me is the brunch. You’re starting the day tighter, sitting all around talking and laughing, everyone could try a lot of different things- I think this will be great.

Do you have some brunch ideas? Just let me know.

Xoxo, Alex

Veganer Fleischersatz im Asiamarkt Neuhausen

Hey Veggies,

über vegane Ersatzprodukte hat jeder seine eigene Meinung.
Ich brauche diese nicht, weil mir der Geschmack von Fleisch, Eiern, etc. fehlen würde. Ich nutze solche Produkte eigentlich mehr, um schnell ein gutes Gericht zubereiten zu können und sehe dieses Produkt als Beilage an. Und wenn dieses dann auch noch gut schmeckt- why not?

Allerdings finde ich, wird der Hype gerade ganz schön ausgenutzt und eben diese Lebensmittel sind sehr teuer. Außer man findet tolle Schlupflöcher, wie den Asia Markt in der Leonrodstr. nähe Rotkreuzplatz.
Hier habe ich am Wochenende ein großes veganes Filet entdeckt aus deutscher Bioproduktion.

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Der Inhaber erzählte mir ganz stolz, dass er ab nächster Woche eine Palette veganer Produkte bekommt. Von dem Bioproduzenten wird noch veganer Fisch, Scampi, Huhn und Rind kommen, jeweils mit 150g Kampfgewicht. Ich habe noch am selben Abend das Filet gebraten auf Rucolabett mit japanischen Soba-Buchweizennudeln in Gemüsesauce.

Es war echt lecker. Schön gewürzt mit einer leichten Trüffelnote und mit Biss. Für Veganer die ab un an eine fleischige Erinnerung haben wollen ist das genau das richtige. Und die Portion mit 200g erinnert dann auch vom Aussehen an ein Steak 🙂

Und jetzt noch ein toller Nebeneffekt: das Filet gab’s für 3,50€!!!
Toller Preis für die Qualität wie ich meine.

Testet es und erzählt mir, wie Ihr es findet…
Xoxo,
Eure Alex