Vegetarian restaurant scene in Chiang Mai

Sichuan tofu pieces in Bodhi Zehn.

Sichuan tofu pieces in Bodhi Zehn. I´ve seen soft tofu sold in tubes eg in 7/11. It is a nice idea to cut it to pieces and top with something. Here they are topped with spicy glass noodle salad.

Chiang Mai in northern Thailand seems to be one of the best cities in the world for vegans. In Happy Cow website there are 47 vegetarian restaurants listed in Chiang Mai.

Fried vegetables with tofu and cashed nuts could be found in non-vegetarian restaurants too.

Fried vegetables with tofu and cashed nuts could be found in non-vegetarian restaurants too.

I admit there isn´t much variety and different food cultures represented. It is the best if you stick to eating thai foods. The prices make Chiang Mai better than many western cities. In London or New York you usually have to pay more than 10 euros for dishes in vegetarian restaurants. In Chiang Mai they cost only about 1,5–4 euros. You may eat from a big buffet for 100 bahts (about 2 euros). The vegetarian restaurants are located near each other.

Peppermaint´s vegetarian buffet costs 110 bahts.

Peppermaint´s vegetarian buffet costs 110 bahts.

In Chiang Mai many restaurants advertise with words “vegetarian food” or “thai vegetarian” when they are not vegetarian restaurants and sell meat. Sure it is a positive phenomenom that it is good for the business to use word “vegetarian” in marketing. But in those restaurants there probably are only the usual fried vegetable dishes in the menu. And those restaurants may not have any idea about fish sauce or shrimp paste being something you should not have in vegetarian dishes.

Tom kha coconut soup in Taste from Heaven.

Tom kha coconut soup in Taste from Heaven.

The vegetarian restaurants seem to change their names and locations in Chiang Mai very often. So some restaurants mentioned in Happy Cow or Lonely Planet may not exist anymore at least in those locations. For example Khun Churn and Taste from Heaven have moved from one location to other very recently.

More on the restaurants later…

In Chiang Mai there are so many vegetarian restaurants that they are not even listed in Happy Cow. This I found when walking to the National Museum from the Old City.

In Chiang Mai there are so many vegetarian restaurants that they are not even listed in Happy Cow. This I found when walking to the National Museum from the Old City.

 

 

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2 responses to “Vegetarian restaurant scene in Chiang Mai

  1. We lived in Chiang Mai for over 2 years and loved how many vegan options there were there. Taste From Heaven was one of our favorite and then they shut down and reopened down the street several months later.
    Our favorite place to eat in all of Chiang Mai was Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant, just off Nimmanhaemin Road on a small soi across from the Salad Concept. Unlike most restaurants who buy their curries already made from the markets, Anchan makes all their curries themselves from scratch and you can definitely taste the difference!

  2. I´ve tried Anchan now because of you recommendation and it is true, the curry I had was great. And it´s good to hear that they make their curry pastes by themselves, then they can be sure that they really are vegan.

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