The thought of cooking is too tiring, it’s too late, you’ve had a long night (or day!) of drinking – whatever the reason, a takeaway is calling. Here’s our round-up of how you can make ordering a vegan takeaway simple.
A long-time favourite of ours, their original crust bases have always been vegan and the day their special garlic dip was confirmed suitable was a total game changer. Pile on the veggies and when it turns up, add your own vegan cheese and stick it under the grill – or eat it au natural. You can find Papa Johns’ complete Allergen Information here. If you don’t have a Papa Johns nearby, check your local Pizza Hut as they may deliver to your area. Not all bases are suitable for vegans, though. If you can face venturing outside, they offer vegan cheese and BBQ jackfruit toppings in some restaurants! Take a look at their vegan friendly list for all the details. Sadly, Dominos do not offer any vegan options as their bases are not suitable for vegans.
Launching 3rd January, McDonalds will be serving red pesto veggie goujons instead of their vegetable patty, and the new vegetarian menu will include The Spicy Veggie One, Happy Meal Veggie Wrap and the Veggie Deluxe – all of which can be made vegan by omitting the cheese and mayo/special sauce and replacing with ketchup (or bring your own vegan mayo!). The fries are also cooked in a separate fryer from meat products.
We couldn’t talk about leaving the house without mentioning Greggs and their wonderful vegan sausage rolls. Also launching on the 3rd January, especially for Veganuary 2019, it may stay on for longer (we’re keeping our vegan fingers crossed!) but for now we’re stocking up on as many sausage rolls and Belgian buns as we can get our hands on.
Indian food is a Friday night staple, a classic pay day tradition, a ruby murray Monday treat – and easy to veganise. Take one tomato-based vegetable main course, ensuring it does not contain any dairy and request that it is not made with ghee. Ghee is clarified butter and used in traditional Indian cooking, so one to look out for. You should also avoid a biryani, which is made with egg. Choose a starter like onion bajhis or samosas, and skip the naan bread and instead enjoy chapattis or poppadoms. Now sit back, enjoy a pint of Cobra and hope you haven’t been too ambitious with your heat levels.
Another great option if you’re eating with friends and family who aren’t vegan. Chinese restaurants and takeaways usually have a fairly extensive vegetarian menu due to their fondness for tofu (or bean curd), which works to our advantage. Popular dishes that you can usually find include vegetable spring rolls, fried tofu or vegetables in black bean sauce, kung po sauce, schezuan sauce, or simply fried tofu with salt, pepper and chilli. On the side you’ll need some vermicelli rice noodles with vegetables (no egg) and a bowl of rice – just be wary that some rice dishes can arrive served with a sprinkling of fried meat on top. We love picking up a bag of Thai Spicy Cracker Mix from Tesco to serve on the side when we’re having a Chinese takeaway at home to complete the effect!
Thai food is another cuisine that has all the right ingredients for vegans (it just has all the wrong ones thrown in with them, too…!). Tofu, rice, rice noodles, handfuls of vegetables, fresh herbs and lime. Vegetable spring and summer rolls are the perfect starter, and there’s a main course to suit every mood. If you fancy something light, try Tom Yum soup, papaya or mushroom salads or stirfry, and for something more filling there’s green or red Thai curry, pad Thai or massaman curry. It’s important to remember that Thai menus differ from restaurant to restaurant, and that where one restaurant does not use fish sauce in a dish, for example, another may. So it’s always best to check whether the dish is suitable before you order.
photo credit for fries: Sweet Ice Cream Photography
photo credit for curry: Pille-Riin Priske
photo credit for dumplings: Charles Deluvio