= Vegan (no meat, dairy or honey) = Raw (prepared below 48 degrees Celsius) = Jay (strictly vegan and free of pungent vegetables like garlic and onion)
While Jay Fest is a great time to sample a vegan lifestyle, much of the gluten-heavy, fried street food you find at this time of year doesn’t score many health points. Here, BK has rounded up six vegan dishes that make the most out of a vegan diet’s many health benefits—from high-fiber, skin-on fruit and veg, to grilled-instead-of-stir-fried proteins, to wholegrain alternatives to sodium-packed instant ingredients—while Bumrungrad International provides the expert health tips.
1. Spinach Lentil Curry at Tonic (B150)
Tonic specializes in pre-mixed salads packed with hearty vegetables and grains and no granulated sugars or oils—other than coconut and olive oil. Drop by for an easy spinach lentil curry rice bowl served with brown rice and heaping portions of spinach and sweet potato.
Health benefits: Sweet potatoes are crammed with vitamin A, which helps keep your immune system strong, while the heaping spinach provides plenty of antioxidants. You’ll also get a nice dose of dietary fiber from both.
Baan Phrompong, Sukhumvit Soi 39, 084-424-9454. Open Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 10am-4pm
2. Black Quinoa & Avocado Salad at Broccoli Revolution (B250)
A mainstay on Bangkok’s vegan dining scene, Broccoli Revolution recently lifted the lid on a handful of new healthy salads. Our pick is the black quinoa and avocado salad with apple cider dressing.
Health benefits: Quinoa is one of the best non-meat sources of complete protein (containing all the essential amino acids) you can find. Avocados, on the other hand, are packed with healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
6/F, Open House, Central Embassy, Ploenchit Rd., 02-160-5788. Open daily 10am-10pm. BTS Ploenchit
Made with four different soy products, namely yuba (tofu skin), kinu tofu, goma dofu (sesame tofu) and soymilk, this cold dish radiates healthy goodness.
Health benefits: Soymilk is a great way to get protein, vitamin A and vitamin B-12 (not to mention add creamy texture to dishes without excess cholesterol and fat). Tofu is high in all the amino acids needed to help maintain a healthy immune system.
1/40, Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-258-7573. BTS Phrom Phong
Also operating as a retreat and spa, this “raw living food cafe” serves up strictly raw vegan dishes. Though it looks unconventional, the toppings of tomato, pineapple and macadamia-nut sauce do evoke flavors of a typical Hawaiian pizza, and is surprisingly tasty.
Health benefits: The pizza’s base is made of sunflower and flaxseed, which are packed full of minerals and contain
omega-3 essential fatty acids. The macadamia-nut sauce is a good source of plant protein and healthy fats.
57 Soi Prom-mitr, Sukhumvit Soi 39. 02-662-4803. BTS Phrom Phong
The menu features various avo-toast options along with some solid veggie sandwiches, like the Veggie Jungle with a vegetarian patty made from spinach, zucchini, potatoes and eggplant served alongside crispy eggplant chips.
Health benefits: You’ll get plenty of antioxidants and dietary fiber from the spinach and zucchini, while eggplants help with overall cardiovascular health and prevent free radicals that can lead to cancer.
32/14-16, Yenakat Rd., 081-697-1230. Open daily 10:30am-10:30pm
6. The grilled shiitake stems and herbal sticky rice at baan Suan Phai Sukaphab (B50)
Though no longer in the Baan Aree vegetarian food center, this no-frills but reliable vegetarian khao gaeng spot still offers a plethora of tasty meat-free dishes at low prices. Their take on moo ping is truly impressive: skewered shiitake stems perfectly grilled to be slightly salty without leaving any other flavors behind.
Health benefits: Shiitake mushrooms are little vitamin powerhouses and help maintain cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation and boost your immune system.
Phahon Yothin Rd., next to the Shell gas station, 085-568-6810. BTS Ari
Bumrungrad International is the first Asian Joint Commission International accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1980, it is one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, with 580 beds and over 39 specialty centers. Bumrungrad International offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center. www.bumrungrad.com
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