Vegetarians rejoice: our restaurants offer a broad range of meat-free Thai cuisine
Thai dishes are immense in flavour, whether you select the spicier or milder delicacies. It would be a shame, then, if you had to miss out on Thai food simply because you adhere strictly to vegetarian or vegan eating habits. Fortunately, in practice, this doesn’t have to prove a barrier at all.
Thai food: traditionally a vegetarian, or even vegan, option
If you’ve never or rarely sampled Thai cuisine before, you could be pleasantly surprised by how many Thai dishes are suitable for a plant-based palate. Many staples of this cuisine lose none of their flavour in the transition to meat-free, while most Thai dishes contain scant cheese or dairy milk.
One big reason why Thai food is suitable even for vegans is that Thailand itself is traditionally a Buddhist country – and vegetarianism or veganism is often crucial to the Buddhist way of life. This approach has trickled through to the nation’s food – which, consequently, often jettisons meat.
As a result, many Thai restaurants – including many run as part of our chain of Thai eateries based in and around London – feature a large vegetarian component on their menus, even while continuing to serve meat-based options which have been introduced to Thai menus.
What vegetarian options can you find here at Thai Square?
If you are looking to dip your toes into the Thai culinary waters but without violating your vegetarian oath, you might be casting your eyes towards your nearest Thai Square restaurant.
As the vegetarian options can slightly differ between our restaurants, we urge you to check the menu of the particular one you are eyeing to see where our local chefs’ vegetarian specialities lie. In any case, though, you are likely to feel spoilt for choice with what is available.
For your vegetarian starter, you can often expect a choice of vegetable spring rolls, corn cake, vegetable tempura and vegetable and tofu satay… or even a mix of all four in one starter. That starter can provide enough for two people – you and your significant other, perhaps…
As for the main course, you could opt for Thailand’s favourite stir fry, tofu, or contemplate a curry. A green curry would pile on the vegetables and cook them in coconut milk, while a jungle curry would omit the milk but go heavy on the aubergines, bamboo shoots and long beans.
Hence, Thai dishes can seem like indulgent feasts even when they leave out meat – and this is before we even mention the vegetarian pad thai, where rice noodles are stir fried with egg, bean sprouts, spring onions and crushed peanuts.
We invite you to drop by Thai Square soon for a veggie delight
If you are interested in seeing what your nearest Thai Square has to offer on the veggie front, just look up that restaurant on our site and then click to see the à la carte menu. We would be delighted to welcome you here at Thai Square soon.