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I absolutely love the idea of having a local company when it comes to vegan burgers. They are light and full of flavour. Unlike many other vegan burgers in the market, they are not full of salt. Easy to cook; … Continue reading

Harvest Vegetarian Restaurant, Rozelle, Sydney

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I have been meaning to write about Harvest for a long time but I never had my own photos of the place and its food until last weekend. So here I go…

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Harvest Vegetarian Restaurant has been a true gem for us since the day we found out about it probably 10 years ago. It is the kind of place you can comfortably take your omnivorous friends to and have a nice meal without bringing up the meat issue as there is something on the menu for everyone. It is clearly Mum’s favourite place in Sydney and she is not even vegetarian.

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Harvest Vegetarian Restaurant is the oldest vegetarian establishment in Sydney. It has been operating since 1969 although the current owners (Adam and Michael) took it over in 1995. Adam -he is the chef- has even published the Harvest Vegetarian Cookbook some time ago and I have a signed copy of it which I treasure. Some of you may remember my post about the cookbook.

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We have our favourites like Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls (above) which is vegan.

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… and -this is my favourite- Skewered Tofu and Roasted Vegetables with a Peanut Sauce. It is served on a bed of Wild Rice Salad.

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English Spinach and Kumara Gnocchi with Lemon and Garlic Cream Sauce. My husband’s favourite.

Harvest’s menu is somehwat international and has many vegan options or some of the dishes can be ordered vegan.

Harvest Vegetarian Restaurant
71 Evans Street
Rozelle 2039 NSW
Phone: 02 98184201
Website

Chickpea Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing

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Ingredients:
1 tin chickpeas, drained, rinsed and pat dried
1 spring onion (shallot), chopped finely
1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, chopped finely
1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ tbsp virgin olive oil
1 tsp smoked paprika (ground)
Salt to taste

Method:
• In a salad bowl, mix together chickpeas, spring onion and fresh coriander.
• To make the dressing; in a small bowl, mix together vegan mayonnaise, lemon juice, smoked paprika and salt. Whisk well until smooth.
• Drizzle over the salad. Mix well and serve.

Khun Churn Thai Vegetarian Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand

Quietly tucked away in Mediplex Building -easily accessible by BTS- Khun Churn provides a serene atmosphere with an extensive menu which includes vegan options. We just loved the food and dined there three times during our holiday in Bangkok.

How to Get There
From BTS Ekkamai station, take exit 2 which takes you directly in to Mediplex building. Take the lift right next to reception and go down to lower ground floor. When the doors open you will be face to face with Khun Churn.

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Keaw Tod
Crispy Stuffed Wontons served with Sweet & Sour Sauce
105 Baht

Po Piah Sod Khun Churn

Po Piah Sod Khun Churn

Po Piah Sod Khun Churn
Fresh Roll served with Chef’s Sweet & Sour Sauce and Fresh Vegetable on the side.
105 Baht

Ped Pa Lo

Ped Pa Lo

Ped Pa Lo
Faux Duck and Morning Glory topped with Five-Spice Gravy served with Pickled Ginger
120 Baht

Kai Kra Tiam Prik Thai
Deep-fried Vegetarian Chicken with Garlic & Pepper
120 Baht

Khun Churn Green Curry

Khun Churn Green Curry

Gaeng Keaw Wan
Green Curry with Coconut Sprout, Protein Food (referring to mock meat cubes), Long Bean, Thai Eggplant and Sweet Basil.
120 Baht

Tofu Pad Med Ma Muang

Tofu Pad Med Ma Muang

Tofu Pad Med Ma Muang
Stir-Fried Tofu and Cashew Nuts with Dried Chilli, Red Bell Pepper, Spring Onion & Onion.
145 Baht

Brown Rice 25 Baht

Brown Rice 25 Baht

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Our Dessert

Khun Churn Thai Vegetarian Cuisine
Bangkok Mediplex Building. Ground Floor, 42 Sukhumvit Road, Phra Khanong, Klongtoei Bangkok 10110
Phone: 0 2713 6599

May Kaidee Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking Class in Bangkok, Thailand

I remember the time we bought this cookbook called May Kaidee’s Thai Vegetarian Recipes by Ma Bodhi Vistara from Vegan Society’s Cruelty Free Festival stall. It was about four years ago when the festival was held indoors. The book is a paperback one with black and white photos and my husband cooked Pad Thai from it. That particular page is well used as you can see food stains on it.

At the end of the book, other sources are advertised and one of them is May Kaidee’s cooking classes. Luckily, John remembered this precious information and quickly checked to see if she is still teaching. And she is! So, the decision was made.

We decided to take the morning class which is from 9am till 1pm. It is recommended that you eat so little for breakfast as you cook and eat during the class.

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Meet May Kaidee, our instructor and the owner of three vegetarian restaurants in Bangkok. We also did this class with Claudia (Austria), Melissa and Jonathan (France), Hasan (Turkey) and Veronica (Poland).

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And we hit the market. This is where you get to know your basic ingredients, not just fruit and vegetables but also basic sauces and oils used in Thai cooking. Here we learnt that for vegans and vegetarians, mushroom sauce is the perfect substitute for fish sauce which is commonly used in Thai dishes.

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May is holding a plate of galangal, Thai sweet basil and kaffir lime leaves.

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The staff prepared all the ingredients for us. We are now ready to cook.

Here’s the list of dishes we cooked during the class:
Tom Yum Soup
Tom Kha Soup
Issan Vegetables
Fried Vegetables with Ginger and Cashew Nuts
Pad Thai
Peanut Sauce
Masaman Curry
Green Curry

In the raw department:
Fresh Spring Rolls
Green Papaya Salad known in Thai as “Som Tom.”

There is five minute break to sit and reflect or use the restroom. After you come back May teaches Pumpkin Hummus and sing Sap Cooking Song with us. Tasting follows.

At the end of the class we were served Mango with Sticky Rice.
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Then you are encouraged to participate in Traditional Thai dancing. We made a total fool of ourselves and probably laughed more than we danced. I believe, Me, John and Hasan were nearly on the floor from laughing hard at some stage. That part of the class was not taped.

May Kaidee’s Restaurant and Cooking Classes are at:
59 Tanao Road, Bang-lam-phu (at near Khao Sarn Rd, alley behind Burger King)
Phone: 662-2817699, 891373173
Website: http://maykaidee.com