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DELICIOUS VEGAN DINING IN PHUKET

DELICIOUS VEGAN DINING IN PHUKET

One of Thailand’s biggest Taoist celebrations is the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Known locally in Phuket as the ‘Vegetarian Festival’, it’s a no-meat feast lasting 9 days usually during October.

During this time Phuket is teeming with food stalls set up to fill the stomachs of those who are eating ‘gin jay’, (eat vegetarian). Look out for yellow flags with red Chinese writing on, it indicates they serve delicious vegetarian dishes, although, you will find that a lot of the food at the festival is deep-fried, so although it’s suitable for non-meat eaters it’s not for the lentil-craving health conscious.

But you don’t have to wait only once a year to enjoy vegetarian food in Phuket. The vegetarian food scene has grown rapidly in the past few years along with the island’s reputation as a destination for health, wellness, and fitness. The quality and variety of the food are improving here too, with a lot more organic, vegan, and plant-based dining options to be found.

Whether you’re the ultimate herbivore or just want to eat healthily in the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, here are some of our favourite meat-free dining spots.

TOM YAM HED IN PHUKET TOWN
TOM YAM HED IN PHUKET TOWN

Tom Yam Hed in Phuket Town

Thai people eat a lot more fruit and vegetables than meat and there are lots of Thai restaurants with vegetarian options around the island, many of them in Phuket Town. Some favourite local dishes to try include Tom Yam Hed, sour and spicy mushroom soup, and Pad Tau-hu Priew Waan, sweet and sour fried tofu.

If you find yourself in Phuket Town, look up ‘Herson’ vegetarian restaurant on Ranong Road, it’s very popular with the locals and has plenty of choices, ask for a big bowl of noodle soup, you won’t be disappointed. Just down the road are several other options, Nong Jay restaurant and Jay Pa Leam restaurant on Bangkok Road.

For some home-cooked western food, The Vegan Table has a mouth-watering selection of falafels, humous, tahini, and soup served in a bread bowl, they even bake their own bread. Try the gluten-free penne served with spicy Arrabbiata sauce, followed by creamy vegan cheesecake washed down with a soy milk latte.

VEGAN BUFFETS SOUTH OF THE ISLAND

Vegan Buffets South of the Island

Over in Kata, you can get great food and stunning views over Kata Bay at Santosa Vegan Restaurant, a chic and sophisticated open-air venue. Attached to a wellness centre, it serves Italian and Thai vegetarian, vegan and raw dishes with pasta, vegan paninis, and huge fresh salads. Visit on a Saturday for the vegan buffet, don’t miss the exquisite raw summer rolls with mixed peppers and coconut meat.
ATSUMI RAW CAFE

Atsumi Raw Cafe

Heading towards Rawai Beach, this cute cafe serves up an outstanding selection of raw vegan and vegetarian food, juice and smoothies. Relax in the serene garden area and treat your taste buds to Mango Sushi, Somtam, or Pad Thai, or share a pizza with friends, all raw of course. In a rush to get to the beach? Pick up an organic coffee and some chocolate balls to take with you.
If you’re on your way to Nai Harn Beach stop off on the way at Kostas Natural Efe. It’s a real raw experience with a selection of freshly cooked foods combining organic raw and vegan with macrobiotic philosophy, they have an all-you-can-eat buffet at weekends and you’re welcome to jump into the pool for a refreshing dip.
JUICY CRUELTY FREE BURGERS NORTH OF THE ISLAND

Juicy Cruelty Free Burgers North of the Island

For some vegan comfort food, Vegan Booty Burger in Cherngtalay is the place to go with a mouth-watering choice of big juicy burgers and tasty Mac ‘n Cheese. If you get a chance order the Portobello burgers, they’re really good.

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