As the holidays approach, you might be wondering how you can stick to more healthful foods during this time of year. It’s no longer so challenging to discover vegan options. A plant-based diet that excludes meat, fish and dairy, vegan cuisine is popular not only for environmental and philosophical reasons, but for perceived health benefits, too.
And while vegan dishes are sometimes healthful, they can also be deliciously indulgent, too. Below is just a sampling of tasty vegan menu items from select purveyors at Public Market:
Indian cuisine is beloved partly for its variety of “finger foods,” delicious patties served with mint and/or hot sauce, lemon onions, Indian pickles and mango chutney. Among Wazwan’s specialties are its vegan samosas, pakoras, kanthi rolls and dosas – all vegan, with the kanthi roll also offered as a meat dish.
KOJA KITCHEN (best vegan food truck dish, SFWeekly)
KoJa was once honored by SFWeekly for “Best Vegan Food Truck Dish,” its Tofu Teriyaki Zen. Composed of a glazed Portobello mushroom and tofu patty with a ring of pineapple and a pinch of shredded lettuce, this is no ordinary sandwich. The buns are two crisped discs of rice and the satisfying tofu patty doesn’t even try to imitate meat.
“Soymilk” ramen: a soymilk-based vegetable broth with bean sprouts, grilled kabocha squash, bamboo shoots, green onion and corn.
A seasonal special is Shiba’s “Salad Ramen,” a.k.a. “hiyashi chuka” A refreshing cold noodle salad with Japanese dressing, bean sprouts, tomato, cucumber, mizuna, yuzu kosho, nori, and choice of protein, including tofu.
FISH FACE POKE BAR
The Food Hall’s newest purveyor offers fish-based dishes, however Fish Face features a tasty tofu and cucumber option for the protein component in its signature poke bowls. Be sure to inform the Fish Face team that you’re vegan and they can help you navigate the choices when you’re ordering your bowl.
And this is just for starters, with some purveyors (hello, Mr. Dewie!) serving all vegan items!