Every first Thursday of every month, an event called Vegan Nights takes place in East London's Brick Lane. This time around, pink carpets were laid out at the entrance of the venue to celebrate their 1st ever birthday!
Despite not being vegan, I brought the crew along to show them what life was like on the other side. Without a doubt, this event showed us just how versatile and delicious these vegan flavours can be. Check out the video Paolo put together!
We started off with the King himself at Cook Daily where a queue had already formed for the staple vendor. We tried these sticky teriyaki chick'n bites topped with sesame seeds, drizzled with a bit of lime.. and RAH, it was so tasty! I literally almost forgot it was vegan! She's a 10/10 would recommend for sure.
Then we headed straight to Oh My Gulay! to get a taste of home with Filipino vegan food. Tonight on the menu was the classic Pancit - a filipino noodle stir fry with mixed vegetables and puff tofu cooked in their homemade broth - and, Kaldereta - a tomato based stew with peas, carrots, potatoes, pepper and homemade seitan to replace the beef. Hanna tried the Kaldereta for the first time and couldn't taste the difference! Mind Blown! Among other places, you can find them at Soho Vegan Market during the weekend where they also serve vegan alternatives to Kare Kare and Adobo but keep an eye out for other exclusive dishes that they love to surprise us with!
Another vendor that we had to check off the list was Eat Chay! Chay, meaning "vegan" in Vietnamese, and Eat, well that speaks for itself. And so we did! We ordered the two baos on the menu: The Korean Bao with bbq seitan, kimchi sriracha mayo, crispy onions topped with sesame seeds was a treat to eat! The Hoisin Bao, which had five spice jackfruit to replace the pork, pickled cucumber, spring onions and sesame seeds, was everything! It was bursting with the classic hoisin flavour, the perfect mix of sweet and salty. And must I remind you again that this is all vegan?!
Moving straight onto desserts, despite the gloomy weather, we craved ice cream. I definitely had my eye on Black Milq Ice Cream before so I'm glad I finally got the try it. And it didn't disappoint one bit! We had the black sesame and mint choc chip ice cream which tasted like a dream! My mouth is seriously watering while writing this, dreaming about the next time I'll have it. Yum.
Last but definitely not least, Froconut. Coconut based ice cream served in an actual coconut shell?! Yes please. We went for the chocolate coconut flavour, topped with strawberries and a crunchy honeycomb, which may have tasted a tiny bit burnt but the whole thing was delightful nonetheless! Plus the presentation of the dessert was so photogenic, we couldn't pass up the instagram op!
We had a great time at Vegan Nights and would definitely recommend for anyone to try it out, vegan or not. The vendors here allow you to continue eating the food you love, without harming innocent animals. It's a good place to learn and understand why people choose this lifestyle and who knows, you may even be open to becoming one yourselves!