Here at the Veggie Vagabonds HQ we believe one of the best ways to experience a country is to sample its street food. Whenever and wherever we travel we love to explore with our taste buds, finding never before tasted delights that can sometimes prove a bit odd but none the less exciting! That’s why we have compiled this list of The Best Vegan Street Food in the World Pt. 1 in homage to street food around the world. Being vegan it can sometimes feel like we miss out on such an essential part of a country’s culture by not being able to indulge in everything. We hope that this list will help all you vegan wanderers out there who want to make a beeline for some scrumptious road-side eats! Here is just a taster of some of the best vegan street food in the world, we’ll be bringing you more food based worldly wonders in the future but for now here is The Best Vegan Street Food in the World Pt. 1 tried and tested from across the globe. Let us know what you think of the list in the comments below!
çiğ köfte, Turkey
Historically, çiğ köfte was actually a raw meat dish, the word çiğ means raw and the word köfte means meatball, so it was essentially a raw meat snack. However, since it’s now a widely served fast food around the country, and raw meat proved to be unsafe, it is now all made completely vegan, which makes it both safe and cruelty-free.
The mock meat is a mixture made from ground bulgar wheat, tomato paste, and various spices.The spiciness of the meat can vary, but most street stands make it fairly mild. It’s hand-rolled into tiny, somewhat oddly-shaped, meatballs and then served on fresh crunchy lettuce leaves, accompanied by fresh lemons and sweet and savory dipping sauces with interesting flavors such as nar ekşi sos, a sour pomegranate sauce.
Sweet & sour tempeh, Bali
Simple, flavourful and totally moreish.
Both churros and porras are served hot and usually with a cup of dipping chocolate (be careful though – the chocolate may not always be vegan as some places add milk to the chocolate). Churros are quite cheap, around 1-2 euros for an order.
Churro stands can be found on the streets throughout major cities and at local carnivals and festivals (of which there are many in Spain). There are also many churrerías, or stationary churro establishments, if you prefer to eat your churros seated rather than on the go.
In Madrid, you can find churros with dark dipping chocolate at the Churrería Los Artesanos 1902.
Lugaimat, United Arab Emirates
Where: United Arab Emirates
By: Aneesha Rai, Om Nom Nirvanna
If you don’t, a variety of Emirati restaurants do serve them. I’d recommend Seven Sands in Jumeirah Beach Residence(also known as JBR), especially if you’re located in the newer part of the city.
However, I must say nothing compares to watching traditionally veiled Emirati women fry these little doughballs in a huge vessel filled with oil until they are golden and crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside.
What I especially liked about dango was that it is ‘accidentally vegan’ aka a food that hasn’t been made and marketed specifically for vegans, it’s just a tasty food that happens to have no animal products in it.
I love this because you get to experience real authentic Japanese food without any alterations.
Som Tam, Thailand
This rather extreme salad smashes and fuses together strips of unripe green Papaya, with fiery birds-eye chillies, and a sour mix of tamarind water and fresh lime juice. Then it is often sweetened with a taste of palm sugar, which I personally skip on for a hot and sour version, and a small handful of peanuts for crunch.
So to order the vegan-friendly Papaya Salad ask for either “Som Tam Jay” or ask for “Mai Sai Nam Pla” and “Mai Sai Koong Haeng”, which means without fish sauce and dried shrimp. This is one of my favourite and most common Thai dishes found at Bangkok Street Food (around 30 Baht) and is typically served alongside sticky rice (around 10 Baht).
This is only a taster of some of the best vegan street food in the world. We had so many entries we couldn’t include them all so we’re going to hit you with part 2 in the not too distant future. What do you think of the list? Have you tried any of these tasty treats? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and get in touch if you wanna be feautured in part 2 of the the best vegan street food in the world!