Vegan food around the world

Experts from language learning app Babbel share some of the most delicious vegan cuisines from around the world

While different nations have varying levels of vegan friendly cuisine, wherever you travel there are bound to be some local dishes to suit your tastes.

From street food snacks, to a 5-star restaurant meal, international food may help to expand your culinary horizons, while staying vegan abroad. Here are a few dishes to try on your travels, or in your kitchen:


This colourful soup is a mainstay of Eastern European cuisine and is worth a try for anyone looking for something different to add to their vegan recipe roster.

Borscht usually refers to a sour soup made of beetroot, which gives it its distinctive red appearance, but other varieties made from different vegetables, such as cabbage or sorrel (a type of green herb), are also common. While it is traditionally made with meat-based stock, it can easily be converted into a vegan dish by using a vegetarian stock instead.


While French cuisine is famously unfriendly to vegans, there are some gems which you can easily try. Ratatouille, for example, is a classic French dish which brings the flavour out of everyday vegetables, like aubergines, courgettes and peppers, together in a delicious tomato sauce.

Although the dish quickly became a staple of French household cuisine, it is actually a fairly new-ish recipe, from its creation in Provence France in Nice around the latter half of the 19th century.


If you want a slightly lighter dish, look no further than Indonesian Gado-Gado. This salad of raw or partially cooked vegetables is served alongside fried tofu, tempeh (a food made from fermented soybeans) and lontong (a kind of compressed rice cake wrapped in a salad leaf), all topped off with a delicious peanut sauce.

Although it is sometimes served with hard-boiled egg, vegans can stick with the base ingredients instead.

Vegan feijoada

While it was not originally a vegan dish, being served with beef and pork, a vegan version dish of the traditional Brazilian stew feijoada is quickly gaining in popularity as a meat-free alternative.

The stew is made with black beans and often served with rice, and while the recipe was first registered in Recife, the recipe varies across different regions, so there is plenty of scope to tweak the ingredients to suit your preferences and requirements.

Çiğ Köfte

Çiğ Köfte

Although the name of this Turkish dish roughly translates to “raw meatball”, vegans should not worry, as it is principally made of bulgur wheat rice, not meat. It is a great, vegan friendly snack, which provides plenty of spice, although this can also be tailored to your preference, and is traditionally flavoured with pomegranate sauce.

So, if you ever find yourself in Turkey, make sure to look out for any stalls selling Çiğ Köfte.

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