Venture into Veganism! Vegan Takeaway Options
Veganism, so long the domain of hemp-clad hippies, has experienced something of an image-change in recent times with hipsters claiming vegan cupcakes as their own and celebrities such as Woody Harrelson, Russell Brand and even Mike Tyson converting to the vegan life. So why exactly do people come become vegans and, more to the point, how can you get hold of a vegan takeaway?!
First of all, let’s clarify what a vegan is exactly. A vegan is someone who doesn’t eat anything that comes from animals. So meat, dairy, eggs and honey are all off the agenda. Vegans often also attempt to avoid wearing animal products such as leather, wool and silk. Essentially a plant-based diet is the vegan way.
Converting to veganism can involve a drastic lifestyle change. So what reasons do people have for going vegan? Well, there’s a few. But for many, it’s the healthy choice as a vegan diet means you naturally eat more fruit, vegetables and wholegrains whilst at the same time cutting down on cholesterol and saturated fat. This can, in turn, decrease the chances of suffering from diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
Of course, ethical veganism, which stems from compassion for animals and the environment also plays a huge part in why many people are vegans and this often extends in to what materials people wear.
Vegan food is also a great option in the sweltering temperatures of late. It’s lightness makes for the perfect summer meal and won’t leave you with that overheated heavy feeling that can be a result of consuming meat.
The good news is that for vegans and even for those who are considering a vegan dinner, a takeaway is not necessarily a no-go. There’s a growing number of restaurants who are catering for vegans and even some dishes that are naturally vegan-friendly. So, if you’re after a vegan takeaway, here’s a few suggestions…
Vegan Italian Cuisine
The main obstacle for any vegan who’s a fan of Italian cuisine is of course cheese with it being a staple of many an Italian dish. Pesto is cheese-based so watch out for it in pasta dishes. The good news is that vegan pizza options are becoming increasingly commonplace with many Italian restaurants and pizzerias adding vegan pizza options to their menus.
Japanese cuisine, with its heavy dependence on rice and vegetables, can be pretty-vegan friendly. However it’s a good idea to be wary of the use of dashi (fish flakes) in some dishes. Also, beef and chicken stock is sometimes used in the making of soups. Maki with vegetables is often a safe bet.
After sushi in Central London? Check out the vegan maki set at Sushi So in Covent Garden.
Vegan Thai Cuisine
Oyster sauce and fish sauce are commonly used in Thai cooking so it’s worth checking if they’re used in the preparation of your chosen dish.
After a Thai Takeaway in North-West London? Check out the Thai Monks Vegan Delight at The Banana Tree in Bayswater.
Vegan Indian Cuisine
The main issue with Indian food for vegans is Ghee which is derived from clarified butter and is often used in the making of curries. Aside from this, Indian cuisine can be fairly vegan-friendly and many Indian restaurants do offer several vegan dishes.
After a vegan Indian takeaway in Manchester? check out the Tarka Daal, amongst other vegan dishes, at Kebabish Original in Cheetham Hill.
How to Find a Vegan Dish on hungryhouse…
After typing in your postcode, do a keyword search for ‘vegan’ in the box at the top to find your nearest vegan takeaway dish.
by Jessie Brown | hungryhouse.co.uk