Vegan Food in Paris Part 2: Eating Out

Despite munching our way through half the baguettes in Paris, Tom and I still managed to visit a few restaurants during our stay.

There’s a lot of good vegan food in Paris, if you know where to look, but the average omni restaurant is unlikely to be able to cater to you, unless you speak fluent French or are willing to eat something a bit shit. Green salad and frites, anyone? Anyhow, my point is, do your research before you go. I’d recommend Happy Cow as your main resource, but blogs and such are great, too. I, personally, drooled over Jojo’s posts on her Vegan in Brighton blog, which is what led me to the place we ate on our first night in Paris…..

Tien Hiang is a Chinese/Asian fusion restaurant in Belleville. I’d wanted to visit Belleville anyway, because I love the film Belleville rendezvous and because it’s also a generally cool area. Then I’d read about Tien Hiang and wanted to eat there. So, it was a perfect excuse to do both things.

Tom and I shared a few things, all of which were super good. The lighting was bad, so these photos aren’t the greatest….

To start we had these grilled dumplings. I seriously love dumplings in all their forms, but these were super good. They were filled with mock meat and it seemed like they’d make the outer dough part themselves, whereas a lot of places use ready made wrappers.

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Next up were a few mains……

I honestly can’t remember what this first one was called, but it had thick noodles, mock meat, tofu and a lot of soupy goodness going on. Really tasty.

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These were crispy noodles with mock chicken and veggies and such. They were genuinely crunchy and not soggy or greasy as is sometimes the case with so-called crispy noodles.

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Sometimes I like to try stuff that sounds really weird, just for funsies, so we also had “fish with eggplant”. Yum… right? Well, it was actually super delicious. The aubergine was well cooked and the mock fish was not particularly fishy, but nice.

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The next evening we went to Hank, which is an all vegan burger joint that was conveniently located about 10 minutes from our apartment. They offered a meal deal, where you could get any burger, a side, a drink, and a dessert for 13 euros, which I thought was extremely reasonable, especially for Paris.

I got a burger, fries, a cola, and a carrot cake. Everything was good and I was so full that I had to take the cake with me to eat later.

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I can’t remember the name of the burger I chose, but it was Mexican style. The patty itself was a bean burger, and it came with a coriander (cilantro) sauce, tortilla chips and vegusto cheese (though I had to pay extra for the latter).

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Finally, we had to check out L’as du Fallafel, which was also near to where we were staying, in the Marais district. I adore falafel, and L’as is said to serve the best in Paris. It certainly didn’t disappoint. The falafel balls (of which there were many) were perfectly crispy on the outside, the pita was huge and soft, and it was served with interesting salad and a tasty tahini sauce. This was the “falafel special”.

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Vegan Food in Paris Part 1: Un Monde Vegan, Baguettes and Beyond

We just got back from our holiday and had a generally awesome time. Nola dog had a lovely holiday at her grandma’s house, as well. However, what I’m sure you’re interested in is the vegan food options in Paris, so here goes.

We rented an apartment for our stay, so we ate breakfast there. Since the weather was amazing for late September, we also decided to have picnic lunches. This meant, we needed supplies!

More or less our first port of call was Un Monde Vegan, an all vegan market. I was so excited that I forgot to get any decent pictures inside, but this was our haul.

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As you can see, we went a little crazy. We were only in Paris for three days!

I won’t go through everything…. but highlights included some delicious vegan croissants, Nut & Bon — the most awesome chocolate hazelnut spread, wilmersburger cheese, a boursin-like herby cheese spread, and some amazing hazelnut white chocolate.

Breakfast the first morning consisted of croissants and Nut & Bon. Divine.

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Of course, as card-carrying carb lovers, we ate a lot of baguettes. Paris tip: always ask for the “baguette tradition”. They’re crispier, chewier, and generally a lot better than the standard baguettes.

Here’s a selection of baguettes that were eaten over our three days in Paris.

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This one contained Redwoods garlic sausage slices, which I’ve never seen in the UK, and Wilmersburger cheese stuff. It was well good.

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This one had pesto tofu and avocado, and was also tres delicious.

I didn’t stop at lunch baguettes, either…

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These slices were eaten for breakfast… one with Nut & Bon chocolate hazelnut spread, and the other with the aforementioned herby cheese spread stuff.

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I didn’t get a picture of the baguette in which we ate it, but I just wanted to show off this awesome tomato we picked up from this fancy green grocer place (I forgot the name). It was huge and one of the most delicious tomatoes I’ve ever eaten. So good.

Anyway, that’s all for now…. I’ve got another post on the way about some of the restaurants we ate in. So, until then.

Last Day of Vegan MoFo, Guys. Let’s Talk Veganslime!

Hi all! Yesterday was going to be my last MoFo post as I’m heading to Paris tomorrow. However, I got a super bad headache and took to bed at about 8.30, so I didn’t get around to it.

For the sake of laziness, I’m not going to post a final recipe, but I am going to talk to you about Veganslime.

Veganslime is a cook zine that Mr. Rad Taste and I write, put together and release. Not only is it a lot of fun, all money from our sales go to The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary, a local rescue centre who are super rad and stuff.

They mostly have cats, dogs and small animals, but they also have some sheep and goats at the sanctuary, who I made friends with.

We’ve released two issues of Veganslime so far, and are currently working on the third, which should hopefully be ready within a few months. Here’s a sneak peak of some of the recipes that are going to be in the zine:

Chocolate chip shortbread

Chickpea, olive and sweet potato stew

Some variation of this noodle dish with seared avocado

Hash browns

We’re always open to recipe and art submissions, so get in touch if you’d like to contribute.

Enjoy the rest of MoFo and I’ll update you with some Parisian eats when I return.

Vegan MoFo Day 25: Ms. Cupcake Choc Chip Cookies

Over to Tom…..

Evening folks! September is drawing to a close so therefore MoFo is aswell, so here’s my last mofo post!

I hadn’t really had time to think of anything for this week, which is super-lame of me. Loz was awesome enough to have sneakily picked up a slab of dark chocolate from the shops, so some choc chip cookies were in order!!

I used Ms. Cupcake’s cookie recipe, but had to make up for a couple of ingredients not to hand. No brown sugar so just white sugar and used tapioca starch as egg replacer.

I ended up making two GIANT cookies ( I mean, really ginormous cookies!) For Loz and I to munch on with this week’s GBBO, and then four lesser but still awesome cookies none the less for the rest of the week! Won’t be doing that again, these things were massive but so tasty! Thanks Ms. Cupcake. Go buy her book!!

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Vegan MoFo Day 24: What I Ate Wednesday

My day started with a delicious breakfast. Tom made us pancakes and they were super yummy. However, I got so excited that I completely forgot to take a picture. Or, more accurately, it was so early that I genuinely forgot it was Wednesday. So, instead here is a photo of a different pancake that Tom made. Similar basic concept….

I had a less exciting lunch. I had too much work to do to stop and make anything time consuming, so I just fancied up some ramen a bit. Was okay.

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Then for dinner I had some soup made out of potatoes and a celeriac that Tom’s mum gave us, plus a crusty wholemeal roll. Was rather yummy for an off the cuff soup, actually.

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Vegan MoFo Day 23: Thai Peanut Sauce a la Loz

This week’s TV Tuesday recipe comes from one of my all time favourite shows: Daria. Anyone who’s a fan will probably have noticed that the Morgendorffers seem to either eat frozen lasagna or something that Jake whipped up.

I’ve been on a major Daria re-watching spree lately, so I took note of any food references I came across. At the start of the episode “One J at a Time” Jake serves up some Thai Peanut Sauce… a la Jake, so I thought I’d give that a whirl. Though I was tempted by Chili con Cheese Puffs….

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Jake – Thai peanut sauce a-la Jake is complete-o! Who wants the first bite?

Daria – You pick, mom. It’ll be like Sophie’s Choice.

Jake – This is a whole different recipe than the last batch.

Helen – I hope so. It took three days to get the smell out of the house.

I use chunky peanut butter for this recipe, because it’s clearly far superior to smooth and it’s all I ever have in the house. But, I suppose you could use smooth, if you want to be like that.

So, peanut sauce isn’t very photogenic…..

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I plan on eating it with udon and veggies later, so maybe I’ll get a pic of that and post it… because that, frankly, looks like…. well, you get the picture.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lime juice

Method:

Put everything in a bowl and whisk like a mofo. That’s it. Serious.

Vegan MoFo Day 22: Murakami Mondays

I’m sad to be bringing you my last Murakami Monday. I’ve had a lot of fun recreating/veganising some of the dishes mentioned in my favourite author’s books and I might just have to do some more for funsies.

Today is a meal mentioned in 1Q84, one of Murakami’s more recent novels. Although not my absolute favourite (and I do generally prefer his novels written in first person), I thoroughly enjoyed 1Q84, and it did have a lot of food mentions, since (like many of Murakami’s protagonists) Tengo is an avid cook.

Here’s the paragraph which talks about the meal I made.

‘Listening to tracks like “Mother’s Little Helper” and “Lady Jane,” he made rice pilaf using ham and mushrooms and brown rice, and miso soup with tofu and wakame. He boiled cauliflower and flavored it with curry sauce he had prepared. He made a green bean and onion salad.’

Pretty straight forward. I started out with the rice, which I made by sauteing some onions, garlic, mushrooms and “ham” (I would have used Redwood’s vegan ham or bacon, but our local HFS’s fridge is still broken, so I used veggies sausages), then adding 2 cups of brown rice and 4 cups of water, putting the lid on the pan and simmering until the rice was cooked.

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While this was cooking, I tackled the rest. I made a Japanese style curry sauce from scratch, using a recipe from Serious Eats (WARNING: link contains pics of a meaty curry) and mixed it in with boiled cauli. This really doesn’t look very appetising, but it tasted good.

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I also made some miso (no recipe as I just kinda eyeball it) and some salad — not green bean and onion, but never mind.

This was the finished meal. Super yummy.

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Vegan MoFo Day 21: Wholemeal Cob Loaf

So, I made this wholemeal cob loaf. I was going to post the recipe, but I somehow managed to lose the recipe somewhere. I jotted it down on some scrap of paper and it is gone. If I find it, I will put it here…. but for now, let  me assure you it was nice.

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I think it would have looked more attractive if I’d floured it, but we all know that looks are about the least interesting thing about… a loaf of bread. It tasted marvy, so that is the main thing. And it made really good toast!

Vegan MoFo Day 20: Spicy Duck Pasties

This is going to be the last Great British Bake Off recipe I make this MoFo, as I’m off to Paris next weekend, so I won’t be posting for the last few days of September. On the subject, does anyone have any restaurant recommendations for Paris or advice about vegan snacks I can pick up in shops?

Anyway, I take you to pastry week, where Nancy decided to do a spicy duck pasty, which sounded good in theory, so I chose to veganise it today. Since it was her signature bake, there’s no recipe, so I had to do my own take on it.

I changed things around a bit to make it more of a traditional pasty, which was mainly because I’m a pastry novice (Nancy made a flaky pastry for hers), but I think it worked out okay.

My crimping is a bit suspect, but ho hum. I actually used about half wholemeal flour, but that was only because we’d somehow run short of plain white flour (Mr Rad Taste might have gone on a bit of a cookie baking spree…. but I can’t complain because cookies…. am I right?

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Ingredients:

For the pastry:

250g plain flour
125g non-dairy marg, chilled and cubed
3 tbsp water
Unsweetened soy milk (for brushing)

For the filling:

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 can (283g) mock duck, drained and chopped/torn into small chunks
8 spring onions, sliced
1/2 a small cabbage, sliced super finely
1 red chili, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cornflour/starch

Method:

Start by making the pastry. Rub the marg into the flour until it has a breadcrumb-like consistency. Add the water and bring it together to form a dough. If you need more water, add a little at a time. Pastry can be tricky like that…. but 3 tbsp should be enough. Ball it up and put it in the fridge until you’re ready to go (should be at least 20 mins)

Now make the spicy duck filling. Heat the oil in a skillet. Brown the duck, then add the spring onions, cabbage and chili. Cook for a few minutes, then push everything to one side of the pans, add a dash more oil, if you need it, then throw in the garlic and ginger to cook for 1 min or so, until fragrant. Add the soy sauce, mix everything up then take off the heat and let it cool completely.

It’s very important that you do let the filling cool, cause if you don’t, it will melt the marg in the pastry and the pastry will tear. Sad times.

So, once everything’s done and cooled. Put your oven on to 180C to preheat.

Roll the pastry out to your desired thickness — about 1/4 cm or so is good — and use a side plate or something with a rough 6-inch diameter to cut around to make circles of pastry.

Mix the cornflour in with the duck mixture…. this will thicken up the juices as it cooks so it doesn’t get all soggy.

Put a quarter of the filling mixture on one half of each round, fold it over and seal and crimp the edges.

Transfer to a lightly greased baking tray and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.

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And here’s a bonus shot of Nola eagerly awaiting pasty edge for her mouth.

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Vegan MoFo 18: Oaty Almondy Bean Burger

It’s over to Tom for his Thursday Takeover

Wow, the week just seems to disappear! It’s time again for me to deliver a scrumptious delivering for In Rad Taste!

Up this week is a real quick and super easy burger recipe! They’re slightly different to how I would usually make mine, there’s no oil (in the mix) or flour which I mostly use to bind and get a good crisp when cooking, but these seemed to work out great!

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup almonds
1 Cup beans (I used white kidney beans this time round)
2 Cups oats
1/2 Cup milled chia seed
2 tsp salt
10 twists black pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp each of Paprika / Thyme / Oregano / Chilli flakes

Method:

– First up, add the nuts to your food processor blender and whizz around until they are roughly sliced up and look to be no bigger than 1/2 cm a piece.

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– Add all the other ingredients and blitz until coarsely ground and well binded. (If you find that your mix is a bit too dry, just add a Tbsp water to help it out.)
– Heat up a pan over a high heat and add a small amount of oil (1tbsp or there about)
– Form your mix into patty shapes and add to the pan.
– Cook until golden brown, turning a couple of times for an even cook.

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– I used these in a traditional burger setup with ketchup, tomatos and a generous serving of gherkins!