The Best Four Spots for Vegan Tom Yum in Bangkok in 2024 – Local Vegan Delights
Last updated on January 23rd, 2024
As someone who’s been embracing vegan travel at every possible opportunity, I’ve had my fair share of local vegan delights. But nothing quite hits the spot like a good bowl of Tom Yum. This Thai classic, traditionally a hot and sour soup, has undergone a plant-based makeover in some vegan-friendly Bangkok eateries, and I’m here to share my top picks for Vegan Tom Yum in Bangkok in 2024
First, let’s talk a bit about Tom Yum. It’s a staple in Thai cuisine, known for its bold, spicy, and sour flavours. The soup typically features shrimp or chicken, but vegan versions swap these out with tofu and loads of veggies, and if done right, it doesn’t have to miss out on the authentic Thai flavours. It doesn’t always happen but I love when a vegan variation still manages to capture the perfect harmony of lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and fiery chillies.
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.
The Four Best Spots for Vegan Tom Yum in Bangkok in 2024
1. May Kaidee
Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant in Bangkok
Location: Find May Kaidee on Google Maps
May Kaidee, located on a side street next to the madness that is Khao San Road, is a staple in the vegan community of Bangkok. This quick and casual restaurant is known for its big vegan-friendly menu that offers some of the best and most authentic Thai vegan dishes in the city.
Their Tom Yum soup comes in a big bowl with the perfect balance of spices and fresh ingredients. It not only tastes incredible but it also gives a sense you’re eating a healthy bowl of goodness to get you up for the rest of the day.
2. Nature’s Charm Cafe
Vegan Restaurant in Bangkok
Location: Find Nature’s Charm Cafe on Google Maps
Next on our list is Nature’s Charm Cafe where you’ll find a modern and airy cafe that’s relatively new to the scene but already making waves, well certainly when it comes to its version of vegan Tom Yum.
What makes this place special is its vegan Tom Yum Mac and Cheese. Yes, you read that right! This delicious concoction is perfect for someone who wants the flavours of Tom Yum but doesn’t fancy a big bowl of soup. Why not have it in pasta for?
The cafe is conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from BTS Thong Lor Station and offers a variety of both Thai and international dishes.
3. May Veggie Home
Vegan Restaurant in Bangkok
Location: Find May Veggie Home on Google Maps
May Veggie Home feels like a sanctuary for vegan food lovers, there’s so much incredible vegan food to choose from. And the restaurant itself is bright, clean and relaxing.
Their Tom Yum is one of their best dishes, which says a lot because there are so many fantastic options. They give more than generous portion sizes and the flavours are so authentic tasting. And it’s not just me who loves this place, it’s usually packed with both locals and travellers.
Despite its slightly off-the-beaten-path location, it’s a destination worth seeking out.
4. Ruyi Vegetarian
Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant in Bangkok
Location: Find Ruyi Vegetarian on Google Maps
Ruyi Vegetarian is a local favourite near Hua Lamphong MRT. It’s small, often full, and absolutely worth the visit! It offers a more local dining experience than others on the list and because the restaurant is so popular, at times it can be hard to get a seat.
The Tom Yum Soup here comes with rice noodles and is among the best you’ll find in Thailand. It’s flavorful, affordable, and the mock meats are a treat!
The place is simple yet authentic, giving you a taste of everyday Bangkok. It’s a great spot for low-cost, flavorful Thai vegan food in a no-frills setting.
If you’ve enjoyed reading about the 4 best spots for vegan Tom Yum 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 Tom Yum
- Tom Yum is often considered a comfort food in Thailand – so if you feel you’re in need of a little love this is the dish for you.
- The soup’s hot and sour taste is said to be the perfect remedy for a cold or flu.
- Tom Yum Goong (with shrimp) is among the most famous versions, but vegan adaptations are quickly gaining popularity.
Conclusion – Time to find your favourite Vegan Tom Yum in Bangkok!
I’m sure you can tell, that Bangkok’s vegan scene is thriving, and these four spots are just the beginning, there’s so much more incredible vegan food available in the city. Whether you’re a long-time vegan or just dipping your toes into plant-based eating, these restaurants offer a taste of traditional Thai flavours, with a vegan-friendly twist.
Well, now you know where to find the best vegan Tom Yum in Bangkok, 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 Four Best Spots for Vegan Khao Soi in Bangkok in 2024
- The Three Best Spots for Vegan Green Curry in Bangkok in 2024
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