Let’s face it, vegan food gets a bad rap. Most people have the misconception that it’s bland, unfulfilling, and just a little bit boring. But, on the contrary, vegan food, especially vegan Thai food, is packed with unlimited amounts of flavor, freshness, and feel-good nutrients.
The truth is that vegan food has come a long way in recent years, so much so that many vegan or vegetarian dishes don’t need meat for flavor. Consuming a more plant-based diet comes with a plethora of benefits, but one thing’s for sure, it doesn’t have to be boring.
Here are some of the best vegan Thai dishes worth trying.
1. Yellow Thai Curry With Mixed Vegetables
With subtle flavors of coconut milk, turmeric, garlic, and curry powder, this curry is a Thai classic, whether you choose to have it with meat, or the vegan version.
If you’re looking to try an iconic Thai dish, a yellow curry is one of them. This is a heartwarming, satisfying dish that is served with a mix of fresh vegetables and a side of fluffy basmati or jasmine rice.
Another version of this popular dish is the more well-known Thai green curry. With a little more zing to it as well as spices such as coriander, cumin, lemongrass, and galangal, this is also a wonderful vegan dish worth sampling.
2. Thai-Style Spring Rolls
The Thai version of these summery spring rolls includes rice paper, crispy, fresh vegetables, and soft noodles. They’re a great option if you’re looking to try a plant-based appetizer.
They’re usually served with a finger-licking-good dipping sauce, such as a satay peanut sauce, which is a must to tie all the flavors together. This a light, nutrient-dense meal that’s also genuinely delicious. If you want to bump up the protein in this meal, add some cooked tofu.
3. Thai Tom Kha
Thai cuisine is famous for its spicy, sweet, and sour soups. And Tom Kha is no exception. If you’re looking for a rich, authentic taste of Thailand, a vegan Tom Kha is your go-to.
This soup combines the flavors of coconut milk, galangal, lemongrass, lime, cilantro, and a touch of chili. It’s served with a mix of fresh vegetables to tie it all together.
4. Thai Sticky Rice (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)
Now, you might not associate desserts with Thai food, but there are a number of rich, delicious vegan desserts worth trying. One of the most popular includes Thai sticky rice, made with coconut milk and usually served with fresh, ripe mango on the side.
There’s also the option of black sticky rice pudding, which includes the flavors of coconut milk. This dish is served with velvety coconut cream as garnish.
Experience Vegan Thai Food with Thai Ginger
If any of these dishes have caught your eye, Thai Ginger, based in a number of locations across Seattle, has a vast vegan menu to help you broaden your plant-based horizons. If you’re looking for freshly-made, delicious Thai cuisine, whether it includes meat or not, check out our menu for your traditional Thai food fix.