The Three Best Spots for Vegan Green Curry in Bangkok in 2024 – Local Vegan Delights
Last updated on January 23rd, 2024
In the bustling streets of Bangkok, where the irresistible smell of street food fills the air, one of the local dishes I always like to try is the vegan Green Curry. So, that’s exactly what I’ve done and now I’m going to share with you the best vegan Green Curry in Bangkok in 2024.
If you’ve read any of my posts before, you’ll know I’m a passionate explorer of the vegan world, especially its food. So, in this post, I’m going to guide you to some of the most flavoursome green curry dishes this beautiful, culturally rich and sometimes wild city has to offer.
This Thai classic has been enjoyed by many for centuries and is still just as popular as ever. But what’s even more fantastic is how many vegan-friendly versions are available not just in Bangkok, but all around Thailand.
Before we get going, let’s take a brief journey through the history of Green Curry and discover the small changes that can make it suitable for vegans.
Fun Vegan-Friendly Things to do in Bangkok:
If you’re looking to explore some vegan delights, there’s this great tour I stumbled upon called – Bangkok Best of Thai Vegan. It’s a journey through the city’s vegan food scene. You’ll get to try a variety of Thai vegan dishes that are honestly out of this world, while walking through some of the coolest neighbourhoods, so it’s like a little adventure wrapped up with some delicious food.
Vegan/Vegetarian Thai Cooking Class – May Kaidee Cooking Class Tour – Viator
So for anyone wanting to feel the culture and learn some Thai cooking, I’ve got just the thing. It’s the May Kaidee Cooking Class. You learn how to create vegan versions of some classic Thai dishes, and the best bit – it’s all veggie. Soups, curries, and stir-fries, all bursting with flavour – plus, you get to eat what you make, so it’s a win-win! We even got to dress up in traditional Thai clothes and take photos when we went.
Floating and Railway Market Tour – Bangkok Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market Tour – Get Your Guide
Ever heard of a market on railway tracks? Yeah, it’s a thing in Bangkok! This tour is to the Damnoen Saduak and Maeklong Railway Markets. It’s like a peek into the everyday life of the locals. The railway market is such a unique experience – you’ve got trains passing through while sellers swiftly move their goods away from the tracks. And Damnoen Saduak is this vibrant floating market where you can glide through canals, checking out the stalls. Sadly, not all the food is vegan but there are some tasty treats to be found.
A Brief History of Green Curry
Green Curry, known as “Gaeng Keow Wan” in Thai, has its roots in Central Thailand but there’s not a lot of information to say exactly where. Its signature vibrant green colour comes from a blend of fresh green chillies, Thai basil, and other fragrant herbs. Traditionally, it’s made with a mix of proteins, including chicken, beef, or fish, simmered in a creamy coconut milk base. The result is a perfect balance of spicy, savoury, and slightly sweet flavours that keep you coming back for more.
Making Thai Green Curry Vegan Friendly
To transform this classic Thai dish into a vegan masterpiece, we can make a few simple swaps. The traditional animal proteins are replaced with plant-based alternatives like tofu, tempeh, or just some extra tasty veggies, if you’re happy to get your protein elsewhere.
Some recipes use vegan fish sauce or some other alternative to fish sauce and vegetable-based broth to capture the authentic flavours. The richness of coconut milk remains intact, providing that creamy texture we all love in our Thai Curries. With these small adjustments, a tasty vegan green curry can easily be enjoyed.
But when visiting Bangkok, the recipes aren’t your problem, you just need to know where to get your hands on the best vegan green curry in town. I did the extremely enjoyable research and it’s time to share the results.
The Three Best Spots for Vegan Green Curry in Bangkok in 2024:
1. May Kaidee
Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant in Bangkok
Location: Find May Kaidee on Google Maps
A long-standing vegetarian restaurant near Khao San Road, May Kaidee is known for its authentic vegetarian and vegan Thai food.
I’ve visited here many times and tried a lot from the menu. Just be careful because some things are vegetarian but it’s easy to order vegan food here. I’ve even joined one of the May Kaidee Cooking School classes. And when I visited Chiang Mai, I searched for their branch there too. Next on my list is to try May Kaidee when I visit New York again.
I love so much of the food on their menu, but the vegan Green Curry is one of my favourites. It’s creamy, yet not too heavy and it’s got tofu, mushrooms and an array of tasty vegetables. It’s clear why this place has a reputation for its delicious and authentic Thai flavours. Sometimes the service can be a bit slow, but just relax because the food will be well worth it.
May Kaidee is a must-visit for vegan Green Curry enthusiasts in Bangkok.
2. Veganerie Concept – Benjasiri Park
Vegan Restaurant in Bangkok
Location: Find Veganerie Concept on Google Maps
Nestled behind the serene Benjasiri Park, Veganerie Concept is an absolute gem that has been serving incredible vegan dishes since its opening in 2016.
As I entered this oasis-like restaurant, I was greeted by an extensive menu that included not only traditional Thai dishes like Green Curry but also Western food, Japanese food and smoothie bowls. As well as a delicious selection of vegan desserts including waffles, sundaes, and more.
The Green Thai curry and the Green Papaya Salad were my favourites. The flavours in the Green Curry are rich and creamy with plenty of depth. For me the portion size was good but if you’re feeling pretty hungry you might want more than just this dish.
Not only is the food delicious here but it also comes at a reasonable price. This spot is must must-try for anyone in search of a vegan Green Curry experience in Bangkok.
3. Aroi Vegetarian Food
Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant in Bangkok
Location: Find Aroi Vegetarian Food on Google Maps
Aroi Vegetarian Food, a small and casual cafe, offers really good vegetable and mock meat dishes that are not to be missed when visiting Bangkok!
While the food is prepared in the morning and sits covered throughout the day, don’t let this put you off. If you go here, you’ll enjoy some of the best Thai food you’ve ever had.
The vegan Green Curry was the winner for me! It had a good spice level with plenty of flavour, I find spice can sometimes be lacking in other places. And if you know me, you know I love my food with a bit of spice.
I’m not going to lie, I also liked the more than fair prices and the super kind and friendly staff. Oh, I’d eat here most days if I could, don’t miss out!
If you’ve enjoyed reading about the 3 best spots for vegan Gren Curry in Bangkok then you’ll love my guide on How to Find and Order Delicious Vegan Food in Bangkok in 2024.
Some Fun Facts About Green Thai Curry
Before we conclude this post about my quest for the Best Vegan Green Curry in Bangkok, let’s sprinkle in some facts about this iconic dish:
- Green Curry holds an important cultural significance in Thailand and is often served during special occasions and festivals. Its sweet and spicy flavours represent harmony and balance.
- Thai basil, known as “bai horapa,” is a key ingredient in Green Curry. It not only adds a unique flavour but also has a mouth-watering smell. Interestingly, Thai basil has a slightly more peppery taste compared to the sweet basil often used in Italian cuisine.
- Thanks to its use of fresh herbs and spices, Green Curry is not only delicious but also has some potential health benefits. Ingredients like lemongrass and galangal have anti-inflammatory properties, while the capsaicin in green chillies may have metabolism-boosting effects.
Conclusion – Time to find your favourite vegan Green Curry in Bangkok
Every time I’ve been in this wonderful city, it’s been clear to see that along with some other popular Thai dishes, Green Curry is an important culinary tradition in Bangkok and I’m so happy and grateful that there are amazing vegan versions available for us plant eaters to enjoy.
Green Curry may have its roots in tradition, but in 2024, we can all enjoy it. So, whether you go for the serene ambience of Veganerie Concept, the authenticity of May Kaidee, or the budget-friendly Aroi Vegetarian Food, you’re sure to experience delicious local vegan Thai food that you won’t forget.
Well, now you know where to find the best vegan Green Curry in Bangkok in 2024, why not check out some of these other posts where I share the best spots to get vegan versions of other traditional Thai dishes:
- The Four Best Spots for Vegan Pad Thai in Bangkok in 2024
- The 3 Best Spots for Vegan Mango Sticky Rice in Bangkok in 2024
- The 5 Best Spots for Vegan Red Curry in Bangkok in 2024
- The Best Spots for Vegan Massaman Curry in Bangkok in 2024
- The Best Four Spots for Vegan Tom Yum in Bangkok in 2024
- The Four Best Spots for Vegan Khao Soi in Bangkok in 2024
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Meet Sinead O’Carroll: Vegan explorer, sustainability advocate and the founder of The Wondering Wandering Vegan. Embracing veganism since 2018 and vegetarianism since 2005, Sinead is armed with a Vegan Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle qualification, and is on a mission to share her passion for cruelty-free living.
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