Hey veggies, I’m in Indonesia now since the beginning of June. I arrived in Bali where I stayed the first 2 weeks in Canggu and Ubud. I was looking forward to the good vegan food in Indonesia after a month in Sri Lanka. There are so many cheap but good places to eat and you can always find vegan dishes easily. My favorite one so far is gado gado. It’s a plate with mixed vegetables which always change, either you get springroles and fried things or just steamed veggies but it’s delicious anyways. There are lots of cafes offering soymilk or even other plat milks, vegan cakes and desserts so the you got a really good option when it comes to delicious food. Of course the vegan food is more popular in ubud, where they once filmed the popular movie „eat, pray, love“ with Julia Roberts. But you can find many juice shops with awesome homemade, fresh juices and fruit plates as well. I felt completely in love with avocado juices. There are just gorgeous… Even as I arrived on this tiny little cute island called Nusa Lembongan in between Bali and Lombok I found cafes which offered soymilk, like „two towers lembongan“. It’s a nice and peaceful cafe up on the hill on the way to the south of the island just a few meters ahead from the view point on the right hand side. They play relaxing music and you sit in the middle of the green. For breakfast you can always ask for toast and jam or a fruit plate, vegan breakkie no problem! In the western supermarkets you can find plant milk or other special vegan groceries. Most of the people here working in warungs (restaurants) speak basic ennglish, if you tell them to change the dish they know how to do it and are perpared for special food quieries. Eating vegan is pretty easy here so far. I send you lots of love and positive hippieenergie from this dreamisland called nusa lembongan, Alex
I’m sitting on the balcony of my guesthouse in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka watching the sunset and I know, it’s defi time for some update and of course, another nlogpost. So sorry, but travelling is such a busy time 🙂 I like Sri Lanka, it’s a crazy island with lots of kind people, good but spicy food and awesome animals. The landscape is stunning and there are mountains over rain forrests, coasts and lots more to see. But the one thing I don’t like at all is the transportation. There is really a problem when it comes to backpacking here- well, if you want to go to other places than just the south. You need to take buses, local non air conditioned and super fast buses. Sometimes you think you’re gona die in these crazy vehicles and a way of 230 km takes you about 8 hours. BUT I’m glad being here and that’s the way it is here in Lanka.
In the beginning I lived in the house of a friend of mine in Kandy, the holy city. There were a lot of invitations from friends and Sri Lankan people could eat the whole day. 😉
Well there are great vegan options like rotthi, if it’s made with oil. You could eat it spicy or not, but it is really delicious! The best I’ve had was in Hikkaduwa, in the south.
The mum of my friend always cooked for us in the evening, that was real Sri Lankan vegan food and so tasty. I had jackfruit curry, lentils, chickpeas, soybeans and much more options every day.
The fruit is like everywhere else in Asia just awesome…
Every morning I’m eating fresh papaya, pineapple, bananas, mangoes (I learned eating them with my hands. Happens if youre travelling 8 hours by bus) and things like woodapples.
I don’t know what I should think about these fruit. It was not delicious neither bad… But it’s supposed to be super healthy so give it a try once you’re here.
Another thing you have to try is real Sri Lankan breakfast. Have a tea (or coffee) and some kind of this:
I’m staying here until the 2nd of June and after Anuradhapura I’m going to the beach, FINALLY! After Sri Lanka I will go to Bali- not sure yet for how long.
Have you been to Sri Lanka? Which kind of food have you tried here? Any recommends?
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
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.
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…
Noodles with veggies and nuts at the l’usine.
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