Vegan Stereotypes – Erik Shaw
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Want to go vegan in Vietnam? Get ready!
Giving up meat is harder as it seems
Yes, the transition to vegetarianism can be daunting sometimes but also quiete easy in Vietnam as vegan food here is delicious. Forget pork belly, brisket of beef, delicious barbecue ribs and go for tofu-flavoured crab, soy milk, and leafy greens.
No matter how much you try not to make it a big deal, it’s gonna be a big deal
Are you ready to convince everybody why you don’t drink cow milk and answer questions as: as you gay too? Is smoking vegan?
Forget your chicken in your backyard and create your organic garden
You don’t know where to start? Try to remember your grandparent’s advices
Filling your FB page with upsetting images of animals being slaughtered
It’s a Must!
Being vegan doesn’t have to be more expensive, but it will be
In Vietnam as everywhere else, to buy organic food is certainly not cheaper.
Most of your meals will be one-dish wonders
Without meat or dairy products, forget about the recipes that make you scream with unbridled pleasure and get ready to loose your interest in cooking. Vital wheat gluten flour, cereals and Tofu will be your best friends for life.
Sometimes it feels lonely… but non only
Everywhere else your social life will decrease by 50% because people most of the time will not dare to prepare a special meal for you. At the opposite get ready for: You’re vegan? Great! I’ll make fish. In Vietnam, your social life will increase of 50%, because to be vegan here is a Must.
Be ready to Learn some local words in Vietnamese or to be surprise
Learn to say Bo – butter, Sua – milk, Trung – eggs , Pho mai – cheese. If not you may have some surprises in your dish…
Bring back from your country a big stock of vitamin B12 and other vegan supplements
Because there are a variety of symptoms of vitamin deficiency when you are vegan but vitamines are not so easy to find in Vietnam.
Understand the lunar calendar
For official purposes, Vietnam follow the Gregorian (Western or solar) calendar but Buddhist follow the lunar calendar to prepare vegan dishes.
You don’t have to get weirder when you go vegan, but you will
Are you ditching your microwave and putting broccoli in your smoothies? There you are!