Whether Joaquin Phoenix is your spirit animal #alldayeveryday or you’re simply looking to go meatless on Mondays, there’s never been a better time to be powered by plants alone. Taste your way around the world with these globally inspired vegan eats that don’t rely on animals or animal products to find the flavor.
You don’t need a passport to experience the regional delicacies of East Africa. Fasika is the name of an important feast in Ethiopia, and it is a fitting moniker as this establishment has more than a dozen options for diners who prefer plant-based pigging out.
These mildly spiced split red lentils, made with berbere, garlic, onions, and olive oil, are served with rolls of injera, an always vegan Ethiopian pancake/flatbread made from sour fermented batter of ground teff grains and water.
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East Africa’s version of a samosa. Fasika’s meatless version features brown lentils mixed with onions and garlic.
The first stop on the Fresno vegan world tour is Mexico.
This tamale contains red chile masa, spinach, artichoke, potatoes, and a creamy vegan sauce and is garnished with roasted corn salsa. Add an extra punch of flavor with sauces, including habanero pesto or pineapple salsa, for an extra charge.
Sautéed with guajillo chiles and filled with red chile masa, the Portobello & Asparagus tamales pack a kick of heat.
Grab this for a fresh dessert; to keep it vegan, skip the chipotle honey.
Hop over to this Asian noodle house, open as of winter 2019, to slurp up a humane taste of Japan or Vietnam.
It starts with a mushroom broth base and the earthy savory taste is built by adding spinach noodles, tofu, mushroom, carrots, cabbage, zucchini, yellow onions, bean sprouts, green onions, and sesame seeds.
This pan-Asian noodle house is a takeout stalwart featuring many dishes without animal products.
Six pieces of vegetable-heavy happiness featuring cabbage, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, onions, bean thread, tofu, and spices come with sweet chili sauce for dipping.
India’s nickname, the Land Of Spices, is well earned: No other country produces as many varieties of spices as it does, which means you won’t even miss the meat.
Garbanzo beans are simmered in a tomato curry sauce rich with pungent Indian spices. Despite being prevalent in Indian cuisine, tomatoes are not native to the country. They were introduced by the Portuguese.
Yellow lentils are cooked in ginger, garlic, and Indian spices. The heat level (mild, medium, or spicy) can be customized for personal preference.
Every culinary journey should end with something sweet—dessert is one of the best parts of any vacation in our book, after all.
Choose to order Chocolate Banana Bliss, Fudging Awesome, or Oatmeal Me Crazy by the half dozen.
Take your nosh up a notch with this sandwich that pairs soy mint “ice cream” with vegan Fudging Awesome chocolate cookies.
If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth and also continue your cultural immersion, hit up this casual pan-Asian outfit.
Popular in Laos, this pudding-esque dessert is made of jackfruit, tapioca(cassava root), jelly, coconut milk, and palm sugar.
Hot dogs, sandos, and russet potato chips bring the journey to your own backyard.
To make this traditional bratwurst (which is served on a pretzel roll with mustard, sauerkraut, onion, and a side of potato chips), select “Vegan Soy Dog” under “Healthy Options.”
It’s a Chicago-style soy hot dog on a baguette with yellow mustard, sweet relish, tomatoes, celery salt, sport peppers, and a dill pickle spear.