Discovering delicious vegan dishes around the world is one of my favorite things about travel. Sometimes they are accidentally vegan and sometimes they are veganized versions of a traditional dish. Regardless it’s always a treat to experience a bit of local flavor that tantalizes my taste buds.
We spent two months in Thailand last year in and this dish became a part of my daily routine. Its sweet, savory, and spicy notes make it a perfectly satisfying dish.
Vegan Delight Spotlight: Thai Red Curry
I’ve long been a fan of Thai food. Having grown up in Louisiana and Texas my taste buds are programmed to love flavorful and spicy food. So, the first thing Michael and I did after checking in to our accommodations in Thailand was hit the streets of Bangkok in search of food. We weren’t disappointed. The first dish I had, and of course fell in love with, was Thai Red Curry. Hearty tofu swimming in a concoction of sweet coconut milk, spicy red curry paste, and tangy lime. My mouth was instantly happy. Although I tried my best over the next two months, it was impossible to get enough.
One of the things I learned about Thai food after taking a vegan cooking class in Chiang Mai, is that it is deceptively easy to make. The flavors are so complex, yet the dishes often only take minutes to prepare. It’s no wonder Thailand is nicknamed the Land of Smiles.
Can’t get to Thailand but want to taste Vegan Thai Red Curry for yourself? Try this recipe.
NOTE: While the curry dishes I had in Thailand were vegan, there are some versions that include fish, shrimp, or other animal products. Talk to your waitress/waiter before you order and make sure their curry is vegan.
Don’t speak Thai? Head over to our Top Tips for Vegan Travelers article where you’ll find an app that can help you order vegan food in any language.