Level Two: The Safe Havens – Familiar Restaurant Chains
Level Four: Doing a Little Research on Local Vegetarian Options to be More AwareEarlier this year I was in Japan with a group of travellers, two of whom were vegetarian. Their first surprise was finding all-vegetarian restaurants in Kyoto with a unique cuisine that evolved from food that was originally served for the monks. That’s not the only resort for vegetarians; there are quite a few options from vegetarian sushi rolls, okonomiyaki (cabbage-based pancake), soba (buckwheat noodles) and of course Tofu-based dishes. It’s not just Japan, even in hawker stalls in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur that are seen as quintessentially non-vegetarian, it’s possible to find vegetarian delicacies like Popiah (Malaysian spring rolls stuffed with vegetables and served with a fiery chilli sauce) or vegetarian dim sums. The challenge here, however, is the aromas that might make many vegetarians feel uncomfortable or that the kitchens might not have a separate area or section to handle vegetarian food. This might be the challenge in restaurants that serve Middle Eastern or Lebanese cuisine in Dubai where it’s possible to find delicious vegetarian options on hot or cold mezze platters.While it’s obviously easier to stay in your safe, comfort zones, there’s no better way to discover a destination than through its culinary motifs. Being a vegetarian certainly limits your options, but it doesn't have to completely stand in the way. Just ask the right questions – about the cooking medium or if meat stock has been used in your dish, and you are good to go.
About the Author : Ashwin Rajagopalan is a cross cultural training expert and lifestyle writer. When he's not writing about food, he thinks about gadgets, trends and travel experiences. He enjoys communicating across cultures and borders in his weekday work avatar as a content and editorial consultant for a global major and one of India's only cross cultural trainers.Disclaimer:The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.
About Ashwin RajagopalanI am the proverbial slashie - a content architect, writer, speaker and cultural intelligence coach. School lunch boxes are usually the beginning of our culinary discoveries.That curiosity hasn’t waned. It’s only got stronger as I’ve explored culinary cultures, street food and fine dining restaurants across the world. I’ve discovered cultures and destinations through culinary motifs. I am equally passionate about writing on consumer tech and travel.