With the reopening of borders, many countries such as Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong have lifted many restrictions on tourists, thereby creating a big buzz for traveling in recent months. You may be thinking of traveling too and giving yourself a well-deserved break. As vegetarians, we usually fret over our meals more than often during travels, so here I am giving you my 10 travel friendly vegetarian & vegan food recommendations. They are quick-fix meals that could make your traveling much easier when vegetarian options are not readily available, or when you just crave your comfort food after being away from home for many weeks surviving just on pizza, fries, salads such as potatoes, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
10 Travel Friendly Vegetarian & Vegan Food You May Bring Along When You Travel
You will know what I mean when you travel around the world for more than a month and start missing vegetarian food from home. But here I am recommending food that is much tastier than the usual comfort food fix! The list starts now, the order of the products is not related to the ranking:
#1 Vegetarian Mushroom Soup (VEGAN) Mushroom Based
Ingredient List: Water, Mushroom (Shitake, Button, Portobello), Vegetable Spread, Vegetable Oil, Flour, Coconut Milk, Vegetarian Concentrate Stock, Sugar, Modified Starch, Fresh Herb, Salt, Sodium Salt, Nutritional Yeast, Black Pepper, Dried Herb
I have always loved mushroom soup in Singapore, especially those thick, creamy ones. And you must be thinking instant ones may not be up on par with those cooked by the restaurant chefs, but this product totally caught me off guard when I first tried it. The aromatic mushroom aftertaste on the thick creamy broth is really savory and yummy. It comes with little bits of mushroom within the soup. And what is amazing is that you only need a kettle to heat it up and it’s ready to eat in the container that comes with the product. If it’s not filling enough, go with bread that you could find in the supermarket, it should be a quick fix to a meal.
#2 Vegetarian Rice Porridge (VEGAN)
Ingredient: Water, Rice, Pumpkin, Mushroom, Peanut, Vegetarian Oyster Sauce, Sugar, Vegetarian Concentrate Stock, Salt, White Pepper, Sesame Oil
There may be days when you crave watery and simple food and this could be the deal for you. The aromatic mushroom and sweet pumpkin taste add flavor to the porridge that warms your palate. I am not a huge fan of porridge, but this reminds me of the days when I was living in Hong Kong, those thick creamy Hong Kong congee. Delicious!
#3 Vegetarian Nasi Lemak (VEGAN) with Anchovies Sambal
Ingredient: Rice, Lemongrass, Tomato, Coconut Milk, Chili, Sugar, Peanut, Vegetarian Anchovies, Ginger, Vegetable Oil, Chili Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Plum Sauce, Salt, Vegetarian Oyster Sauce, Sodium Salt, Nutritional Yeast
When you crave rice and chili, especially during travel. The portion of the rice isn’t as generous as the chili I would say, however, it’s still a delicacy when you are overseas deprived of Asian home-cooked food. Just like the mushroom soup, a kettle with hot water is all you need. Imagine the beautiful cold weather in Europe, all you need is just this delicious mouth-watering sambal chili that can fuel you further into the cold dark winter! haha
#4 Vegetarian Anchovies aka Ikan Bilis or Fried Mushroom Stipe (VEGAN) Mushroom Based
Ingredient: Mushroom, Vegetarian Seasoning
You could tell how much I love this product from the amount left in the bag! I would add it to our noodles, and our rice, and even snack on it on the go. It’s so addictive and irresistible that we could not save it for photo-taking. It’s made from mushroom stipe or what people call mushroom stalk. It’s crunchy and salty. Good to add to anything even pasta or pizza.
#5 Korean Style Spicy Noodle (VEGAN)
Ingredient: Noodles: Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Water
Sauce: Water, Chilli Sauce (malt syrup, wheat flour, water, Chilli Powder, Salt, Rice), Vegetable Oil Sugar, Salt, Chili, Corn Starch, Xanthan Gum
Vegetables: White Sesame, Seaweed, Kandungan
I would think spicy is an understatement because it is super spicy if you have tried this with all the spice and condiments provided. It’s really a hot product to ease my craving for spicy food. But mark my warnings again, the spicy level should not be underestimated. LOL. Do exercise discretion when adding the chili seasoning pack. I was literally putting my tongue out to the cold Baltic weather immediately after the shoot. I also tried cooking it with one pack of condiments with 4 packs of noodles, and it’s still spicy! My goodness! haha That being said, it’s still one of my favorites and I will still eat it, especially during cold weather.
#6 Vegetarian Fish Ball (VEGAN) – Konjac Base
Ingredient: Water, Konjac flour
This makes all my instant noodles more delectable and adds texture to my food. It’s chewy and tasty. Simply open it and it’s ready to eat. Of course, it tastes better when you heat it up together with the noodles. Many various types of vegetarian fish balls require refrigeration, but this requires only ambient storage (but needs to be put in the chiller once opened). It’s rare to find vegetarian fishballs like this! Best with that Korean spicy noodles.
#7 Vegetarian Rendang Monkey Head Mushroom (VEGAN) Mushroom Based
Ingredient: Bearhead mushroom, Chilli, Coconut, Cabbage, Tapioca Starch, Cinnamon, Tamarind, Curry Powder, Coriander, Pepper, Cumin, Vegetarian Soy Sauce, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Sugar
Curry is one of my favorite comfort food! Simply use the kettle and hot water and it’s ready to eat. Could buy bread to go with the dish. It’s a little dry, to be honest, so I recommend putting in some water and ingredients like vegetarian, mushrooms, vegetarian mutton (mushroom stalks), potatoes, or carrots to make it a more full fledge rendang curry. With minimum cooking, you get to enjoy this at another level.
#8 Vegetarian Beef Jerky (Ba Gua) (VEGAN) Mushroom Snack
Ingredient: Filtered Water, Soya Bean Protein (Non-GMO), Sugar, Soya Bean Oil, D-Sorbitol Solution, Dextrose Dehydrate, Mushroom Stalk, Corn starch (Non GMO), Potato Starch, Wheat Gluten, Monosodium L-Glutamate , Sodium 5’-Inosinate 5’-Guanylate, Salt, Xanthan Gum, White Pepper Powder, Vegetarian Meat Flavour (Medium-Chain triglyceride, Ethyl Maltrol, Palm Oil Flavour), Yeast Extract, Anka Red, and Sucralose, Chilli Oil (Oleoresin Capsicum, Mono-and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Refined Sunflower Oil)
One of the most common items for travel snacks. It’s great to have during long travel car rides or add it to sandwiches for a quick fix. It’s light and easy to carry around. Anytime when you are hungry, just grab one and eat. Can be cut into pieces and is a good travel snack. My only complaint is, it’s not spicy enough! Need it to be double spicy! haha
#9 Vegetarian Smoked Liver (Soy Product) (VEGAN) Soy Based
Ingredient: Isolated soy protein, Concentrated Soy Protein, Fermented Soy Sauce, Water, Salt, Spices
This is another item that I would add to the noodles, it has a smoky taste that adds flavor to the noodles. Slice it and it could be taken as a side dish as well. It may not be suitable to just eat it like a snack even tho it’s possible. It’s better to match it with hot food like pasta, pizza, or noodles.
#10 Vegetarian Spicy Sausage with Szechuan Sauce (VEGAN) Soy Based with Konjac
Ingredient: Isolated Soy Protein, Water, Vegetable oil, Konjac Powder, Salt, Sugar, Fermented Soy Sauce (Containing Caramel), White Pepper, Chinese Cassia, Chilli
This is one of the “game changer” food when I travel. When I travel and request restaurants to cook pasta or fried rice, it would usually be a simple fare with vegetables and salt. However, when I just bring this out and add it to the meal, it completely brightens up the meal with the savory vegan sausage as a side dish. Could add it to the cup noodles as well. It’s not too spicy, but the spices are enough to awaken my senses and make me feel at home!
#Bonus Recommendations: Vegetarian Korean Tteokbokki Spicy Rice Cake & Herbal Spicy Noodles
If you are renting and staying in an apartment instead of a hotel, you have the luxury of a kitchen and access to kitchenware. With minimum cooking, you will get to enjoy delicious mouth-watering food like the Vegetarian Korean Tteokbokki Spicy Rice Cake & Herbal Spicy Noodles! Even Laksa and Tomyum are possible too!
#Conclusion Travel Friendly Vegetarian Food
So what do you think about the top 10 list that I recommended? I hope they make your travel more enjoyable when vegetarian options are limited. Traveling can be an easy feat for vegetarians once you have gotten all this food on the go.
If you are wondering if they could survive the long flight without refrigeration, they are all ambient products that do not require a chiller/freezer, so you could easily bring them overseas.
Click on the YouTube link below to watch the reviews of the above Travel Friendly Vegetarian & Vegan Food.
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Last but not least, if you are heading to Japan soon, remember to check out the article 10 Vegetarian Food in Tokyo Japan You Shouldn’t Miss!
Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind. – Albert Einstein
Disclaimer: Keith Yuen is a 100% vegetarian who does not eat the 5 pungent plants (strictly no meat including fish and seafood, also onion, garlic, leek, chives, and shallot). I am NOT a vegan yet, and hence I still eat dairy products such as eggs, milk, cheese, etc… You can read more about the 10 Misconceptions about Vegetarians to understand my choice of diet. So, please exercise due diligence and check the ingredients according to your own dietary preference.