Tag: vegan food

by Christy Morgan

I’ve had the pleasure of spending 17 days in Canggu (pronounced chain-goo) at the surf and yoga resort Pelan Pelan. You can read all about my days at the retreat here on HappyCow. My breakfast and lunch was provided Monday through Friday but for dinner and on weekends I explored the surrounding area for vegan cuisine. What I found was a pleasant surprise! Here are just some of the many vegan meals I found in this small surfer town that won me over with it’s friendly people and tasty grub.

IMG_3521Peloton Supershop (Jln Raya Pantai Berawa, 8am-4pm, cash only) is one of the two all vegan restaurants in Canggu. I think it’s Australian owned so it has plentiful options of burgers and wraps, gorgeous salads, fresh juices and smoothies, & small plates. If I had been staying nearby I could have eaten here every day, except that they close at 4pm! I had the Be Strong smoothie (Spinach, Mango, Banana, Moringa Protein, Spirulina & Coconut Milk) and the Burn Out Burger (served on a Charcoal Bun with Caramelised Onions, Tomato, Purple Cabbage, Lettuce, & Vegan Mayo with a Side Salad & Sweet Potato Fries) and both were very good. Also had some shots of moringa, mangosteen, and turmeric so I didn’t lose my “healthy vegan” card. It’s a bit more expensive than some of the other places but worth it in creativity and tastiness. Even though it’s air conditioned, the large glass windows keep it pretty hot in there so an ice cold drink is a crucial start to the meal.

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Green Ginger Noodle House (Jln Raya Pantai Berawa, 8am-9:30pm, takes credit cards) is a vegan cafe down the way from Peloton. It’s Asian fusion so if you’ve had a favorite dish somewhere across Southeast Asia you’ll find it here on the menu. My first meal there was Spring rolls, Pad Thai, and this beautiful White Tiger Salad to the right (roasted pumpkin, sesame, carrot, tempeh, pickled ginger, bean sprouts, cucumber & lime soy dressing). Then I got food delivered later in the week and opted for the Laksa (a flavorful noodle soup from Malaysia), which blew my mind.Bonus: the restaurant is air conditioned and actually cool inside making it a nice reprieve from the scorching heat and humidity. Everything was excellent and the staff is friendly. If you go to other parts of Bali you’ll notice that in general the local people in Canggu are very friendly and accommodating. I noticed this time around people in Ubud were not as friendly. Guess they are getting sick of the tourists.

IMG_3486Warung Bu Mi (Jl. Raya Batu Bolong No. 52, all day, cash only) was shown to me by another vegan who lives in Canggu part-time. It’s the cheapest vegan meal you can get and I went there 3 or 4 times during my stay. Warungs are traditional Balinese cafes that typically have a row of vegetarian/vegan dishes to choose from (along with a row of meat and seafood dishes). You either serve yourself and pay per pile of food or someone serves you as you point to what you want. It’s an experience called “Nasi Campur”. And you’ll pay a measly 25,000 (less than $2) for this huge plate of food. Each time I went I tried something different, but the pumpkin and red beans made it on my plate each time because it was that tasty. Some things had egg but it was pretty obvious what was vegan or not. The veggie dishes are typically vegan in Balinese cuisine anyways and Bu Mi does a good job of keeping most the bottom row of food veg, while the top row is the meat stuff.

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Canteen (Jalan Batumejan No. 33, 7am-5pm, cash only) doesn’t tout itself as a vegan-friendly place but I found their menu easily adaptable and they serve the best coconut milk latte in town! I went here many mornings first thing to work on my computer before the brunch crowd rushed in. One time I had their smoothie bowl, topped with granola, toasted coconut, dragonfruit, and banana (featured right) another time I altered their bagel sandwich swapping out the salmon for tempeh and eggs for avocado. My last morning in town I had them make their breakfast quinoa bowl with tempeh instead of eggs. Easy and delicious. Staff is friendly enough and you’ll even get to strike up conversations with the nice western locals if you go early enough.

I also enjoyed the bowls at Poke Poke, and had a wonderful salad at Avocado Cafe (but sometimes they are out of avocado which is ironic). Betelnut was totally overhyped and I didn’t find many vegan things on the menu.

Do you have any favorites in Canggu? Be sure to leave them in the comments and tell us what you think of our choices! 



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by Christy Morgan

The infamous best meal you’ve ever had question. Being a chef I often get this question. It’s like choosing your favorite child. It’s near impossible. Especially for foodies like us vegans.

When asked to do an interview for The Vegan Word, this question undoubtedly came up. I thought to myself long and hard, then chose something unique that also had a special place in my travels. My new friend Brighde had taken me under her wing in sweaty, smelly Bangkok 5 years ago. I was there working on a Southeast Asian cookbook with May Kaidee. Having a vegan friend there during those two months contributed to my happiness and ability to survive such a grueling town.

She introduced me to Miang Kham.miangkham

You get this tray of little bowls filled with awesomeness (you can also find it in baggies on the street!). The name means “eating many things in one bite”. You take a herb leaf and fill it with these things, top with sauce, and it’s heaven in your mouth. It usually comes with little dried shrimp so be sure to ask for something else or to leave that off your platter.

This is just one of the many amazing vegan meals you can find in Thailand. Vegan Food Quest has an epic post with some of the best (including their miang kham featured in the image to the right)! Check it out here.

To be especially annoying we turned the tables and ask the favorite meal question to some of our vegan travel blogger friends. Here’s what they had to say!

Do you have a favorite meal you’ve had while traveling the world? Tell us all about it in the comments! 

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Caryl and Paul from Vegan Food Quest

Caryl has been vegan for over 12 years and me for nearly 2 years so that is over 15 thousand plant-based meals to choose from! We love everything from simple street food to exquisite fine dining so picking our favourite is impossible; however, we love burgers and this delicious plant-based burger at Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam was pretty special (pictured).

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Amanda from Burger Abroad

Here’s where I’m supposed to say a salad, but I’m a huge sucker for vegan comfort foods, especially pizza. I recently found the best vegan pizza in Brighton, England at Pizzaface (pictured). They made a delicious vegan cheese pizza with sour cream, sausage and rocket on top. Amazingly good.

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Wendy from The Nomadic Vegan

I’ll go with the sushi at Pirata in Vienna (pictured). Before I became vegan, sushi was my favourite food of all time. If I’d been told I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, I would have chosen sushi. While the sushi I ate almost always contained fish, I now realize that what I really loved (and still love) about sushi were all the plant-based flavours the fish was wrapped up in – the pickled ginger, the spicy wasabi, the salty nori and the slightly sweet rice. Unfortunately, vegan options in sushi restaurants where I live tend to be limited to rather boring cucumber rolls. That’s why I was thrilled to find out about Pirata – a fish-free sushi restaurant in Vienna! They make really creative sushi rolls; my favourite was the mango and avocado with sesame seeds. Yum!

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Caitlin from The Vegan Word

I was lucky enough to have a 9-course gourmet meal at an upscale Japanese-style vegetarian restaurant in Taipei, Yu Shan Ge. All for under $30! Of course, in local currency that’s quite a lot. The restaurant is apparently frequented by a lot of local celebrities. The food was phenomenal and I’ve never experienced service like that. I had a private waiter to myself!

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Amelia from Plant-Powered Nomad

The one that stands out maybe isn’t the most culinarily extraordinary, but it’s one that shows just how easy travelling as a vegan and finding amazing meals can be. I was with another vegan friend at the time visiting Alishan mountain in Taiwan. It’s utterly beautiful, but we were staying in a tiny village with incredibly limited food options. Chancing our luck we wandered into a restaurant and asked the man (in Chinese) whether there were any vegan options. He pointed out several and so we took them all. We ended up with bamboo shoots, tea noodles, and wasabi tofu which somewhat stole the show. It was incredibly simple, and yet fresh and delicious. It combined the traditional Chinese culture of Taiwan with the Japanese influence left in Alishan: the area is renowned for its wasabi growing.

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Kristin from Will Travel For Vegan Food

I don’t think I have ONE favorite meal but many, many, many good ones. Which is a good thing, for sure. If I had to choose one to highlight here though it would be the ice cream sundae from Portobello in Portland, OR. Not sure if it counts as a “meal” per say, haha but it’s my favorite because at the time I’d never had ice cream that was so rich and creamy. They topped it with whipped cream and it had a chocolate cake base filled with chocolate syrup. Ugh, it was so good. Plus, I got to enjoy it with my parents which made it extra special. Actually, we each got our own because…yeah.

I don’t know about you but my mouth is watering! Thanks to everyone for sharing this delicious food with us! One of my favorite things about traveling is trying all the beautiful, compassionate food around the globe. Each place has it’s own unique flavors, textures, and presentation. Eating is probably the best thing about traveling actually! Do you agree?

Do you have a favorite meal you’ve had while traveling the world? Tell us all about it in the comments! 



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