In honour of World Meat Free Day, here are some top vegetarian dishes from our Lattitude destinations around the world. Whether you’re visiting Poland, Ecuador or Ghana why not try some of these delicious vegetarian national foods….
You must try at least one of the many vegetarian empanadas combinations! In Argentina they’ll put almost anything into an empanada, and it’ll all be delicious. Queso y cebolla (onion and cheese) or humita (corn) are rumoured to be especially good.
The best vegetarian main to order in an Argentinian steakhouse is the provoleta. A whole round of grilled provolone cheese, crispy and slightly caramelised on the outside, gooey and smokey on the interior.
A Lamington is an Australian cake, made from squares of sponge cake coated in an outer layer of chocolate (or sometimes raspberry) sauce and rolled in desiccated coconut.
A Tim Tam is composed of two layers of chocolate malted biscuit, separated by a light chocolate cream filling, and coated in a thin layer of textured chocolate. The ‘Tim Tam Slam’ is the practice of drinking a hot beverage through a Tim Tam. Opposite corners of the Tim Tam are bitten off, one end is submerged in the beverage, and the beverage sucked through the biscuit – as though the Tim Tam is a straw!
What could be more Canadian than syrup that comes from the maple tree, whose iconic leaf has come to symbolise Canada and its national pride? Maple syrup is a classic sweet topping on pancakes and waffles.
What’s essentially a flattened donut without a hole, BeaverTails are heralded as a quintessential Canadian dish. The fried dough pastries are individually hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail and are topped with a choice of sweet condiments and confections, such as whipped cream, banana slices, crumbled oreos, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate hazelnut.
Steamed Vegetable Dumplings
Try delicious steaming, piping hot dumplings fresh from a street food vendor in China. The concoction of vegetable greens, onions, and seasoning is always a winner.
Xi Hong Shi Chao Dan
Another delicious vegetarian dish is fried egg & tomato (xi hong shi chao dan). Really more like scrambled eggs, this is surprisingly delicious.
One of the best of Ecuador’s traditional dishes, llapingachos (cheesy potato cakes) make a great vegetarian option. These potato patties or thick potato pancakes are stuffed with cheese and cooked on a hot griddle until crispy… delicious!
This vegetarian food is made of plantains, a staple of the Ecuadorian diet. These are cut into thicker rounds and smash-fried.
Palusami consists of taro leaves boiled then mashed into a fine, rich vegetable curry of sorts, though without any spices or chilies. It tastes much like stewed spinach and is served plain with coconut cream smeared on top. If you’re a spinach fan, you’ll love palusami.
Nama is a type of seaweed or colloquially known in Fiji as ‘sea grapes’. Nama can be found in many locations around Fiji and is traditionally used as a fresh vegetable – often used as a garnish but also served in a salad or coconut milk.
Red Red is a simple African style tomato stew that is enjoyed widely through out Ghana. This hearty, tasty and no fuss vegetarian dish consists of black-eyed peas, stewed beans, spices and fried plantains. Delicious and commonly found in larger cities and towns.
Jollof rice is one of the most common dishes in Western Africa. This one-pot rice dish is mixed with tomatoes and spices and is very similar to Spanish rice.
The Irish love their bread, and soda bread recipes have been passed from parent to child for generations. Soda bread is a form of quick bread, meaning it is leavened with something other than yeast, in this case baking soda. The other ingredients are flour, buttermilk and salt, and it comes in both brown and white varieties.
Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake made of finely grated fried potatoes.
Vegetable Tempura Donburi
Tempura (deep fried vegetables in batter) are served on top of rice.
Nasu Dengaku is a miso glazed aubergine dish popular in Japan in the middle of summer. The aubergine is grilled until soft with a sweet caramelised miso topping – a delicious comfort food!
Ndiwo and Nsima
Ndiwo is a basic vegetable dish of chopped greens that is delicious when served beside nsima. Nsima is the staple carbohydrate dish of Malawi. It is a thick starchy porridge made from corn, cassava or other starchy flour.
These fried treats are commonly sold by women in the market or at the bus stations to earn a little extra income.
Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and whipped cream. The dessert is named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years but the dessert remains a popular dish and an important part of the national cuisine of both New Zealand and Australia.
Hokey Pokey Ice Cream
Hokey pokey is one of the most popular ice cream flavours in New Zealand; a timeless combination of hokey pokey (honeycomb) balls and rich vanilla ice cream. Once you try it, you may find it difficult to eat plain vanilla ever again!
Pierogies are dumplings stuffed with sweet or sharp cheese, mushrooms, potatoes, cabbage, spinach, or combinations of all of the above. They are amazing when topped with sour cream or apple sauce. Sweet pierogies are stuffed with fruit and cinnamon, and are glazed with butter and sugar.
A Zapiekanka is a long toasted open-face baguette topped with sautéed mushrooms, melted cheese and ketchup. At some places, you can add whatever you like on top, from thousand island dressing to jalapenos. Zapiekankas are a popular street food in Poland.
Bubble and Squeak
Bubble and squeak is a traditional English dish made with the shallow-fried leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. The main ingredients are potato and cabbage, but carrots, peas, Brussels sprouts, or any other leftover vegetables can be added. The chopped vegetables are fried in a pan together with mashed potatoes or crushed roast potatoes until the mixture is well-cooked and brown on the sides. The dish is so named because the cabbage makes bubbling and squeaking sounds during the cooking process.
Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue, and whipped heavy cream. It is commonly believed to originate from Eton College.