Celebrating Vegetarianism with Indochinese Cuisine
There’s no doubt that Indochinese food has some delicious meat dishes – as anyone who’s sampled our Legendary Rendang, Thai Roast Duck Curry or Malaysian Chicken Laksa can testify to! But the region is a playground for vegetarians, too. Indochinese food is characterised by its use of fresh herbs and spices, healthy vegetables, tasty tofu and filling rice and noodles – all accompanied by the distinctive seasonings and sauces of Indochina. It’s a cuisine that’s well-suited for those going meat-free. So, while you might have gotten the impression that South East Asian food is meat-heavy, there’s plenty of options for you as a vegetarian – so take a look at a few of the meat-less offerings from the Banana Tree menu to see what Indochina can offer!
Street Style Crispy Dough
Banana Tree is well-known for its authentic South East Asian street food – just look at the popularity of our grilled chicken satay sticks, made to a traditional Malaysian recipe and with that same distinctive taste you’ll find on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. But you don’t have to eat meat to enjoy some street-side snacks with Banana Tree! Our street style crispy dough is a tasty vegetarian alternative – served with our Kajang satay sauce, it’s a light and chewy Indochinese dough that you’d usually have to pick up from a street stall in South East Asia to enjoy for yourself. Crispy dough goes well as a starter, or just as an indulgent treat to savour all on its own. A great way to begin your meal at Banana Tree!
Blackened Monks Noodles
This noodle dish is filled with crunchy vegetables, tangy tofu and egg, finished off with our specially blended blackened sauce. The tofu, as you’d expect, makes for a good meat substitute, and it’s one of our heartiest, most filling dishes. It’s made with rice noodles, which are probably most associated with Vietnamese food, though it’s also used in China, Thai and Malaysia as well. In fact, like much of our menu, Blackened Monks Noodles takes its inspiration from all over South East Asia, and we think it’s worked particularly well, distilling down the best of Indochinese cuisine into one fun, vegetarian meal. Go for Blackened Monks Noodles if you want to have a taste of what the whole region has to offer.
Tamarind Spicy Aubergine
If it’s those Indochinese spices you’re after, then the Tamarind Spicy Aubergine is where you ought to look. It’s a great showcase for all those distinctive tastes you’ll associate with South East Asia – tamarind, peppers, garlic and ginger are just some of what we put in to make it just right. We find it creates a sweet, tangy and spicy taste, with a fun and exciting blend of lots of different flavours. For a mouth-watering experience of Indochinese spices, go for the Tamarind Spicy Aubergine. As proud a tradition South East Asia has in its meat dishes, that isn’t the whole story when it comes to the region’s cuisine. There’s plenty on offer for vegetarians at our Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian restaurants in Soho, Angel, Maida Vale and beyond – so why not head along to try our meat-free menu for yourself?