Today I’ll continue with the other five vegan countries.
I talked about the world’s top five countries with the greatest percentage of vegans and vegetarians in this post.
Knowing what these countries are is useful when traveling and wanting to stick to your vegan lifestyle. Similarly, if you are a raw vegan, traveling in these counties gives you a better chance of being full and not falling off the ‘raw’ wagon.
6. United Kingdom
Mushroom and chestnut wellington (vegan). Ingredients: chestnut mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, chestnuts, roasted and peeled, cooked black-eyed beans, red onion, cloves garlic, dried sage, mushroom ketchup (optional), olive oil, salt, pepper. Shortcrust spelt pastry ingredients: spelt flour, vegan margarine, water, non-dairy milk
There is no history of plant-based traditions is England. Yet more and more people are leaving meat and milk behind. Number-wise, more than 10% of English are vegetarian these days.
Bernard Shaw began to promote the idea of vegetarianism back in the beginning of 20th century. He said: “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?”
Vegetarian and vegan Englishmen and Englishwomen get their ideas from Italian, East Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines.
7. United States
Quinoa taco salad (vegan). Ingredients: uncooked white quinoa, avocado, cherry tomatoes, black beans, corn, cilantro, onions, corn tortillas.
In some parts of US asking for a vegetarian rice dish would be the same as asking to sprinkle some gold on your rice. That’s because some parts of US are hard-core carnivorous. US is actually the world’s largest consumer of red meat…
However, other parts are the opposite. In California, for example, there are vegan fast food chain restaurants!
Some cities where vegans and raw vegans can relax and not think what to have for breakfast include Los-Angeles, Austin, Boulder and Seattle.
Popiah (vegetarian). Ingredients (one of many variations): wheat wrappers, turnip/jicama/bangkuang/daikon radish, garlic, carrot, green cabbage, fresh shiitake mushrooms, water, soy sauce, vegetarian mushroom oyster sauce, sugar, sesame, pepper, canola oil, lettuce leaves, beansprouts, cucumber
This country (in essence, it’s just a huge city) was primarily shaped by people coming from different parts of the Southeast Asia. Many places in Southeast Asia are plant-based, so as a result you’ve got plant-based Singapore.
Here you can pick and choose as to where to have dinner since there are a ton of awesome vegan cafes, eateries, restaurants, etc.
9. Rastafari people (Jamaica)
Ital Cauliflower (vegan). Ingredients: coconut oil, onion, dried thyme, garlic granules, mild, Caribbean curry powder, ground pimento, coconut milk, water, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cauliflower, red pepper, green beans, coriander
Rastafarians is a small but well-known religious group in Jamaica.
Ideally, Rastafarians put on their plates whatever they grow in their gardens. They focus on high-vibrational foods that give maximum good vibes and minimum bad vibes. Meaning? Lots of coconuts, bananas, rice, legumes, cassava and greens and zero or very little chicken, dairy, etc. Occasionally, fish may pop in their menu, but many avoid it.
Falafel (vegan) Ingredients: chickpeas, onion, fresh parsley, garlic cloves, chickpea flour, salt, cumin, ground coriander, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ground cardamom, vegetable oil
Judaism allows meat and dairy. What makes some Israelis vegetarian and vegan then? It may be the most unexpected reason. The thing is, Judaism doesn’t allow mixing meat and dairy. That is, you can’t have chicken and mashed potatoes at the same time. Because it’s cumbersome to keep the two separate (I guess) some Israelis figured why not ditch meat altogether. Others even further, and for the sake of better health, avoid all animal-based products.
The main reason behind prevalence of plant-based eating in Israel is religion for the most part. But not all Israelis are Judaists or even religious. Some go vegetarian and vegan for health reasons, just watching their religious friends/relatives doing it for spiritual reasons.
Hopefully this list gives you an idea where to travel when wanting to minimize hassle with food.
Keep in mind that there are many other nations, various sub-cultures, tribes, and isolated communities with diets that are partially or completely plant-based or even primarily raw vegan. Some of these places are filled with tourists, others are less so, and still others you can only backpack to.