The days of restaurants simply having a "vegetarian option" are well and truly a thing of the past and some places now even hold carnivores as a secondary consideration. Chefs are becoming more creative than ever with veg, turning these healthy and wholesome natural food sources into incredible and complex meals. Now, even hard-core meat-eaters are beginning to turn their heads thanks to the culinary crusaders who are bringing veganism to the mainstream. Asian cuisine is a fantastic place to look for vegetarian delights and there is no need to stick to specialist vegan restaurants in Sydney. Here we take you through some of our favourite meat-free meals in the buzzing Australian city.
1. Chilli Basil Stir Fry (Pad Kra-Prao)
Kindness Café is a Thai restaurant that specialises in vegetarian and vegan versions of classics from the Southeast Asian paradise. While you may have heard of famous dishes from the Land of Smiles like Tom Yam and Pad Thai, there are some other gems that you simply must sink your teeth into. One of these dishes is the Chilli Basil Stir Fry. It's basically the Thai equivalent of the Australian favourite, chicken parmigiana – pretty much every eatery in the country serves it. For a simple dish this is loaded with flavour and the spice levels aren't for the faint-hearted!
2. Veggie Banh Mi
Vietnamese cuisine is famed for its vibrancy and wholesome goodness with the results being some awesome flavour combinations. If you want to get a taste of the country's authentic street food, check out Krispy Roll on Quay Street. They have some mouth-watering vegan options, and the classic Veggie Banh Mi is one of the standout choices on the menu. The traditional Vietnamese sandwich includes lettuce, mint, coriander, cabbage, and fried shallots. It's then drizzled with a light soy sauce – heavenly.
3. Tom Kha
In Thai, "gin im" means "eat until full", so it doesn't take a genius to guess what kind of experience Gin Im Thai aims to provide its customers. The hearty meals are designed to satiate your hunger, but also leave your flavour cravings seriously satisfied. Thai cuisine is renowned for featuring light and aromatic curries and the coconut-based Tom Kha is one of the most popular. The offering at Gin Im Thai features galangal, lemongrass, fresh mushrooms and coriander. This one is a fantastic option to enjoy with a steaming bowl of fragrant rice on a rainy day.
4. Pad Se Ew
Nung Len, previously known as the Opium Den, is another hugely popular Thai joint in Sydney. It serves up a wide range of delicious delicacies from the streets of Bangkok and has enough variety to suit everyone's tastes. One delightful dish that would appeal to vegans and meat-eaters alike is the Pad Se Ew, which is a classic Thai noodle stir-fry. It's made with succulent flat rice noodles, Chinese broccoli, vinegar and a dark soy sauce. Feeling adventurous? Turn up the heat a few notches by adding some chilli flakes.
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