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My 10 Best Vegan Restaurants & Cafes in Hoi An are listed below for you to check out while visiting Vietnam.

There’s an old saying, which has emerged as the trend towards veganism gathers momentum – ‘let’s get on the bandwagon’.

Whilst in Vietnam earlier this year, we regularly visited our 10 best vegan restaurants and cafes in Hoi An all of which delivered completely different eating experiences.

Before I cast my comments and opinion I want to add a rider. In all cases, I originally entered as a guest ‘off the street’ and made no mention at all of my ‘interest’ in vegan food.

Comments are in no particular order and my rating criteria is

  1. General Ambiance
  2. Food Taste and Presentation
  3. Friendly and Engaging Staff
  4. A Warm And Respectful Welcome

Below is my list of 10 best vegan restaurants and cafes in Hoi An:


Nourish Eatery – In A Rice Field off Cu Dai Road, Hoi An

This gorgeous traditional Vietnamese house is hidden away from the hustle and bustle and enjoys the peaceful surroundings of the rice fields. There’s no street address because the laneway that Nourish is on has no name. We found it by exploring shortly after they opened and following their Facebook page.

But what a wonderful surprise and the business partnership behind Nourish – Dutchman Frank Raveling and Vietnamese Linh have created something quite special.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Linh and Frank – Proprietors of Nourish

Not only is the location serene and welcoming but also Linh’s food is only prepared with local fresh ingredients as ordered. The taste and flavours of this ALL-whole food plant-based vegan food are just beautiful.

Could this be described as a tapas type café? Not really. The menu is tight ‘street meets east and west’. Their burgers for-instance are to live for – my favourite is the Mango Chutney burger closely followed by the Falafel Burger.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Nourish Mango Chutney Burger

You cannot go wrong with any of Nourish’s small but pleasing list of freshly prepared juices and smoothies.

Nourish also serves a variety of bowls for breakfast and lunch. As yet they do not serve dinner but I feel they have enough on their hands as it is without doing an evening service.

I am comfortable putting Nourish in the 10/10 category because of its all-round success in bringing whole food plant-based vegan food together with friendly service and a great locale. See the Google Maps link but once you have been there you will never forget how to find this unique vegan café. This is one of the best vegan restaurants in Hoi An.

10/10 – $$


Annen Yoga & Vegetarian – 471/7 Cua Dai, Hoi An – Down the side alleyway at the back.

There is a great saying in Hoi An – ‘Just follow the laneway’. In this case, it leads to a little vegan café oasis off the busy Cua Dai Road. A green garden and casual seating area greet guests and yoga folk along with a great locally inspired all-vegan menu.

Food is freshly made by friendly staff and if owner, Jyothi is not teaching yoga she will come and have a chat with you as her English is perfect.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Annen’s Tofu in Tomato Sauce

Annen offers a selection of soup and stir-fried options but our favourite was perhaps the best Banh Mi in Hoi An, filled with freshly prepared seasoned tofu, green vegetables and topped with crispy seaweed.

Typically Vietnamese the Banh Mi is a split baguette filled with meat options, so to get to enjoy a non-meat option was a delightful experience.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Annen’s Exceptional Tofu Banh Mi

Annen’s clay pots are also fabulously tasty. We enjoyed the Braised Mushroom in a clay pot. Their Tofu in Tomato sauce was also exceptional. Portions are large even by western standards, which makes eating a main for 45,000 Dong great value. That’s around $3 Australian!

We were staying not too far from Annen and would often pop over on the bike and pick up Banh Mi and a freshly ‘chucked’ coconut ready to drink.  Opening hours from 6 am to 9 pm makes it an ideal evening meal location. The evening lights cast a romantic pall over the café when the sun goes down.  

RATING: 9/10 $


Karma Waters –  213 Duong Nguyen Duy Hieu, Son Phong, Hoi An

Traditional and passable ‘comfort food’. Nice attempt to translate passion into something marketable and edible. The vegetable burger contained tofu, which was OK but would have preferred straight-up vegetables.

We understand the good folk at this eatery also feed those less fortunate, which is admirable but with just a tad tidying up around the edges this wee café could start to zing.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Karma Waters Meal Selection

Comfortably priced by Vietnamese standards but a little flat and disappointing. We wondered just how many hours a day staff worked as we often caught staff sleeping after 2pm most days. This is however them no-doubt taking the traditional 11 until 2pm Hoi An siesta after their lunch service.

Salads were tasty and of ample proportions if you are needing just a raw vegan plate. So too their vegetable Pho – the traditional Vietnamese soup.

Reliable if you are in a hurry but as the name suggests – Karma Waters – take time to relax and take in the colours and contrasts of Duong Nguyen Duy Hieu road.  Open from 10 in the morning until around 8.30pm.

RATING: 7/10 $


Vegan Zone – 197 Duong Nguyen Duy Hieu, Son Phong, Hoi An

Opened 3 months ago from writing this and I have to say this is a real find in a small pond of vegan wannabes in Hoi An. Immaculate in its set-up with stylish Asian furniture, it was very welcoming with a good standard of spoken English.

The food was just glorious and whilst based on traditional Vietnamese cooking, the major point of difference is that the food is FRESHLY prepared to order.

The mustard leaf wraps are totally fabulous. Clare had the pan-seared mushrooms and I had the wraps and Vegan Zone’s signature dish of rice noodle soup and vegetables. We decided to try a dessert too and the Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce is a real treat.  Light, fresh and so tasty. 

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Vegan Zone Rice Noodle Soup with Mini Pancake & Mushrooms

The staff are truly beautiful and even obliged us with a group picture as we left. We felt honoured and respected through the service and the high quality of ingredients and their FRESHNESS.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Vegan Zone Staff and Co-Proprietor Chi Nguyen

 I highly recommend this wee gem on the Hoi An vegan landscape and whilst slightly above average price-wise, it was well worth just to feel ‘at home’.

RATING: 10/10  $$$


Minh Hien 2 – 30A Duong Dinh Tien Hoang, Tan An, Hoi An

This is one of three Minh Hien vegan and vegetarian cafes in Hoi An. Mostly populated by visiting westerners who had followed the directions here via Trip Advisor or Happy Cow. The food was reliable and good value.

Food preparation and cooking is done by an ‘older person’ with a flawless complexion – which is a testament to the quality of the food – flawless and delightful.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Traditional White Rose (Hoi Anese vegetable dumplings), Open top vegetarian tacos, Vietnamese pancakes, Braised Tofu with Mushrooms and Noodles and Springrolls.

They serve what is known as ‘Fresh Beer’ which is ‘day-old beer bought down from Da Nang each day. Whilst it was refreshing I would add a note of warning that it is made using Vietnamese water and both Clare and I went down with something the day after. We don’t know but err on the side of caution and go for a local canned beer, which will adequately complement the reliable and tasty food.

You cannot go wrong here and apart from the beer episode enjoyed several visits. Priced reasonably by Vietnamese standards.

RATING: 7/10 $$


Minh Hien 3 – Minh Hien 3 Vegetarian Restaurant – 29 Phan Chu Trinh – Hoi An

Part of the Minh Hien stable Number 3 is a really delightful experience. As you step off the pavement on the busy yet colorful and vibrant Phan Chu Trinh, the beauty of the garden in which dinners are seated immediately entrances you.

vietnamese vegetables in a clay pot
My partner, Clare Darwish, at Minh Hien 3

This locale is especially beautiful for an evening meal for a perfect sit down experience, which includes cloth napkins and good quality cutlery.

Fresh Pho Noodle with Mushroom was a fav of ours along with Braised Tofu and Vegetables in a clay pot. A starter of Minh Hien -3’s famous vegetable spring rolls will set the tenor for this eating experience.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
Minh Hien 3’s Mushroom and Tofu Rice

Oh, they also serve a range of really interesting alcoholic and non- alcoholic cocktails too along with local beers and the local Dalat wine.

Overall, this is just one step away from fine dining midst a flourishing tropical garden. The staff are well trained and friendly and most speak good and passable English. Most of the wait staff are university trained and work here before heading off into another aspect of Vietnamese burgeoning tourist industry. They remember you when you return. How lovely is that?

RATING: 9/10 $$$


WhatElse Vegetarian Café10/1 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An

Small out of the way vegetarian café, which also offers ‘old world’ foods. It’s off the main ‘old town’ thoroughfare down a side alley which means it is nice and quiet if you are over all the hustle and bustle. The view from the café window was sufficient enough to just ‘look at’ for an hour or two.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
View from the window-What Else

Serving traditional Vietnamese vegetarian food options we had the vegetable pho (which is normally served with a meat of some sort) that was really delightfully warm and nurturing. We had a vegetable burger on another occasion, which was Ok but nothing really to write home about.

They sell a cheap but palatable wine by the glass along with beer if you like both. We will visit again if we are down that way because the vegetarian selection is good, well prepared and tasty and of course, comfortably priced. Service is good if a little pedestrian but this was OK because we were happy to sit.

RATING: 6/10 $$


AM Vegetarian Restaurant – 33D Ly Thai To Street, Hoi An

Ly Thai To street is one of the longest streets in Hoi An so you have to be on the lookout for this rather atheistically interesting vegetarian café.

Clare and I were the only ones in the restaurant to be followed in by two more couples (off-season) but it came highly recommended.

We were not disappointed with my green papaya and banana blossom salad and Clare’s vegetable hot pot. Both were really lovely even more so because we splashed out on a raw G and T which cost 45,000 Dong which is just under $3 Australia.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
A composite selection of AM dishes with an emphasis on Vietnamese fusion
10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
AM’s Amazing Mushroom Soup

Staff was very engaging include ‘new import’ Manuel, An Australian Colombian I think he said he was and was obviously trained in the art of good table and customer service.

AM’s menu is comprehensive with a variety to meet taste buds and budget. Servings were good and hearty and pricing in the ‘reasonable’ bracket. I mentioned atheistically interesting – yes indeed it was with walls and floors covered in a myriad of exotic colours.

It was always reliable for us when we felt the need to stray from our usual haunts. This is also one of the most popular vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Hoi An that is frequented by the growing ex-pat community. Great place for a party too!!

RATING: 7/10 $$$


The Fisherman – An Bang Beach Hội An

Don’t let the name fool you. The story goes that this was once a fish restaurant until the fisherman owner woke up one day and said he was going vegan because he was aware of the destruction to our oceans with overfishing and pollution. It’s not quite in Hoi An but very close and is the only vegan restaurant in An Bang Beach, so check it out.

Sitting towards the Southern End of An Bang Beach The Fisherman is an experience, which ran into several hours for us, as we took in the beachside ambiance.

10 best vegan restaurants & cafes in Hoi An
The Fisherman Pan-Seared Vegetables and Mushrooms.

A popular spot for western visitors, this all-vegan café is renown for its vegetable burgers, vegetable Pho, curries and falafel wraps. Whilst there was no real standout, the several times we visited always met our expectations.

Large salads and plates full of delectable Vietnamese flavours are The Fisherman’s specialties. They also serve a variety of local beers along with freshly prepared fruit smoothies and juices, ideal for beachside slumbering.

The Fisherman Tofu Rice & Vegetables With Rice and Green Salad

Staff are friendly but speak very little English and prices just OK for the combined beach and vegan café experience. Ideal for younger folk looking to make a day of the beach, the vegan café food washed down with a few cold beers or fresh juices.

RATING: 7/10 $$


Baby Mustard Restaurant – left off Hai Ba Trung on the Eastern Side of the Rice Paddies Heading to An Bang Beach, Hoi An

Backing onto to the Tra Que organic gardens this vegetarian/vegan café was always consistent. At one time we were living 50 meters from Baby Mustard and we could whip down to pick up a take away or sit in.

It serves traditional Vietnamese food but with ample vegan choices. A little off the beaten track but again once you have visited you will always remember your way back.

Baby Mustard enjoys a countryside ambiance.

Run by a small family from the area, this café amongst the garden vegetables is both charming and quaint.

Vegetable Pho (local Vietnamese soup), stir-fried vegetables and tofu and the obligatory spring rolls are the most popular dishes- all tasty and clean. Baby Mustard is a very ‘nature-filled’ environment great for couples and families alike.

baby mustard's delicious spring rolls
Baby Mustard’s delicious Spring Rolls

Reasonably priced for two around DG 200,000 or AUD$12.50

RATING: 7/10 $$


There are literally hundreds of cafes and restaurants in Hoi An now offering vegetarian or vegan options alongside the heavy meat and seafood orientated menus. We tended to stay away from these places simply because of the high level of potential cross-contamination and general level of consciousness.

The best authentic vegan cafes and restaurants are largely owned by people committed to the vegan way of living – love, care, and compassion – this is expressed in the tastiness of their food and as importantly, their friendliness.

Before I finish I would like to share a SECRET RECOMMENDATION! ……When you visit Vegan Zone make a point of asking for the Lemongrass Tofu!. This dish was perhaps one of my all-time Vietnamese favourites – with intense fresh flavours and lusciousness, which is indescribable.

Good luck and enjoy your time in Hoi An made all the better because the vegan food you eat and enjoy is readily available.

Scott Mathias and his partner Clare Darwish spent four months indulging in the culture of Hoi An, Vietnam from December 2018 to April 2019. They paid for their meals on all occasions and took the time to find out what makes these wonderful vegan cafes and restaurants the beautiful places they are.

5 Easy Steps to Veganism

What is veganism?  The Cambridge Dictionary defines a vegan as follows: A person who does not eat or use any animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy (cheese), bee, or leather.  Below you will find 5 easy steps to help you transition to veganism.

How to transition to living a NO MEAT or ANIMAL PRODUCTS  lifestyle ?   I began by leading a mainly vegetarian lifestyle before making the switch.  I ate mostly cooked vegetables, and some fish. In my case, I was already struggling with non vegan food – my gut would just rebel.

But about 6 years ago, I just woke up one day and decided to go full  vegan – no animal flesh or products and predominantly all raw plant based .  However, I will eat some cooked vegetables from time to time in response to my body’s needs.  I cleaned out the cupboards and my wardrobe and I have to say it was relatively easy.

I did experience some interesting physiological responses so for those of you needing some help here are some simple steps you can follow.

Step 1.

Ask yourself why you are making the choice to embrace veganism as a lifestyle choice.  Is it for ethical reasons?  In other words… to preserve the life of another sentient being.  Is it to help rid your body of illness naturally?  Are you concerned about the health of our planet?  Animal Agriculture is a huge problem today and governments around the world are trying desperately to reduce pollution caused by intense animal agriculture (ie rearing animals for food).

Here is a great extract from a recent James Aspey presentation held here at the GoVegan Deli in Noosa.

James is a young man who chose not to speak for 365 days to draw attention to the plight of animals.  A former ‘meat eating’ personal trainer, he developed cancer at age 17 and on his journey back to good health, James made some important discoveries.  Just click on the image below to hear what he has to say in this 34 sec clip.

Whether it’s for the animals’ sake or for your own health, may I suggest you get clear, as this will help keep you motivated from day to day.

Step 2.

Check to see your gut is functioning properly.  A lot of people forget the human body is a functioning bio-machine demanding clean food daily.  Over the generations it has become conditioned to operate using prescriptive and enforced dietary approach.

The Anglo method of agriculture –meat, wheat, dairy, grains and white sugar – is responsible for a lot of gut ache and disease – so much so that the gut muscle has been damaged.  Mine was nearly wrecked but, the good news is, the body has remarkable ‘repair skills’ and the gut muscle will rebuild itself when given a helping hand.

I used green papaya powder to help break down my food, thus relieving stress from the actual muscle function.  In fact, the green papaya powder saved my life – NO MORE PAIN! and free of symptoms associated with undernourishment.  My gut muscle began to work properly and when I chose to eat only plant-based foods, I had no difficulty whatsoever.

Step 3.

I suggest integrating alternatives to animal products each day.  In my Let’s Eat Raw Recipe Book there are great alternatives for milk, cheese and bread.

Whilst bread is part of the gluten story, these three food groups are part of the ‘comfort’ package for most people.  Finding recipes and doing these slowly… one by one is the key.

The emergence of nut milks as an alternative to cow’s milk is gathering momentum.  Provide an environment for your self to grow into this new way of living with EASE & GRACE.

Here’s a link to an earlier YouTube video I did on how to make nut milk which I know will be helpful.  Look for other videos online which are designed to support your growing awareness.

 

Check out this link to my website and access to more videos. CLICK HERE 

Step 4.

Buy recipe books and collect recipes, which enables you to build up your repertoire of vegan recipes.  There are plenty of free recipes online too and you can download 7 simple recipes from my website with my compliments. 🙂

Essentially, you can even have fun just leaving the ‘meat’ or animal products out of a recipe and seeing what happens.  You do not need to go raw.  A cooked plant based vegan meal is a wonderful start.

raw vegan meals by scott mathias, veganismMy second recipe book, Raw Vegan Meals , contains a fabulous set of menus taking in a whole lot of beautiful flavours.  I endeavoured from the outset to eat food that was sweet, sour, salty, savoury, creamy and crunchy.  This is the sort of food I eat and the kind of food we prepare daily here in the GoVegan Deli.  This way all your senses will be served and your body will love you for it.

Step 5.

Follow the leaders!  There is a fast growing awareness of veganism globally now thanks to the recent success of many athletes (including Olympians) who have adopted the vegan lifestyle.

Stand your ground.  When people make choices which go against the grain of a consensual belief-based society, other people become challenged and upset. Watch and share the many videos that are available for free on YouTube. Trust me, they will have much more impact that us trying to explain our reasons to others.

Believe in the choice you have made and despite the inevitable pressure from family and friends, know that your decision is YOUR decision.

A lot of very powerful things happen when your stop eating animals, not just for your body but also the planet.

So, to support you in your mission join support groups on social media for instance. Meet Up groups are also wonderfully supportive as well.

Mix with like-hearted people and grow strong in your commitment to bring about positive and powerful change on the planet.

The power of many rests in the power of one !!!

 

Scott Mathias | Clare DarwishScott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Scott is a Digestive Health and Raw Food Educator who takes an integrative approach to solutions, based on functional aspects of the body and his own ‘self healing’ experience which led him to create his own  range of plant-protein healing products. A former television network presenter both in Australia and New Zealand, Scott is the author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut – How To Eat Your Way To Ultimate Digestive Health’ and the acclaimed, ‘Lets Eat RAW’ Vegan recipe book and his latest, ‘Raw Vegan Meals’ Scott lives in Noosa, QLD with his Scottish partner Clare Darwish.

 

 

 

Red Plum & Padre de Pimiento Salad

At this time of the year, plums are plentiful as are sweet chillies – Padre De Pimiento’s – are available in abundance.

Now these Padre De Pimientos are also known as the Roulette Chilli because one in every 12 is hot but acceptable even to the untrained chilli palate.

With the plum combination the tastes are amazing.  You may also use cherries, which also provide a sweetness against the backdrop of the savoury chillies.

This salad combination is a real winner with family and guests.

Red Plum and Padre de Pimiento Salad
 
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A great dish to prepare when these padre de pimiento chillies and plums are in season, wherever you are in the world. GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE Raw Vegan Recipe
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups of Red Plums stoned and sliced
  • 5 Green Padre De Pimentos – sliced crosswise with seeds intact
  • 2 Spring Onions – sliced
  • ¼ Cup of Pine Nuts
  • Olive Oil
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 1 Dsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • S&P
Instructions
  1. Mix the plums and chillies in a prep bowl
  2. Add the sliced spring onions and the pine nuts
  3. Sprinkle with olive oil, lime juice and apple cider vinegar
  4. S&P to taste
  5. Toss ingredients together and transfer to a serving bowl

This is just a sample of the simple, easy to make, delicious and most importantly nutritious raw vegan recipes that you can make at home.

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Feel free to leave your comments or ask your questions about a raw vegan diet below  – I’m here to help you!

Red Plum & Padre de Pimiento Salad – back to top
Scott Mathias - Digestive Health Specialist and Nutritional Cuisine AlchemistI‘m a Digestive Health Specialist, Nutritional Cuisine Alchemist and Author living in beautiful Noosa, Australia and teaching globally.  At 60, my journey to excellent health began when I sought and found natural means to heal myself of a chronic digestive disorder. I founded iLifeFoods.com, a 100% pure Australian Digestive Health and Plant Protein Company, and proceeded to further change my lifestyle to support my ongoing excellent health by learning to prepare and serve the most amazing RAW food. I am also the Author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut’ and the upcoming ‘ Let’s Eat RAW ‘ recipe book. Do join me in knowing more. I am here to help you find your personal freedom.

This simple, easy and delicious raw dessert took one of my classes in 2013 by storm!  Virtually everybody in the class returned home and proceeded to create this delight for family members with resounding results.  A fabulous outcome- try it now !!

Mango Chocolate Brulee - Raw Vegan Recipe
 
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Mango Chocolate Brulee - Raw Vegan Recipe. Simple to make and easy to digest. Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Recipe type: Raw Vegan Dessert
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
Chocolate Sauce:
  • ½ Cup Nakula Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp. Carob Powder
  • 4 Tbsp. Cacao Powder
  • 4 Tbsp. Agave Syrup or Maple syrup
Mango Sauce
  • 6 Mango Cheeks whole and fresh
  • ½ - ¾ tin good quality Coconut Cream
Instructions
  1. Blend the mango and coconut cream together in your personal blender until nice and creamy.
  2. Fill your serving glasses (martini glasses work well) and set aside.
  3. Blend chocolate ingredients together in a blender.
  4. Taste and adjust to desired sweetness and texture.
  5. Pour equal quantities over the mango
  6. Level off and sprinkle with some shaved coconut, berries or nuts as desired.
  7. Chill for 1 hour to allow the chocolate to harden and serve. YUMBO!!!
Notes
Sprinkle with coconut palm sugar and caramelise with a Chef's Torch for a real 'brulee' taste!
 Mango Chocolate Brulee – Raw Vegan Recipe – Please feel free to leave your comments and rate this recipe below

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Scott Mathias CHHC.AADP

I‘m a Digestive Health Specialist, RAW Food Chef and Author living in beautiful Noosa, Australia and teaching globally. As I approach 60, my journey to excellent health began when I sought and found natural means to heal myself of a chronic digestive disorder. I founded iLifeFoods.com, a 100% pure Australian Digestive Health and Plant Protein Company, and then proceeded to further change my lifestyle to support my ongoing excellent health by learning to prepare and serve the most amazing RAW food. I am also the Author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut’ and the upcoming ‘ Let’s Eat RAW ‘ recipe book. Do join me in knowing more. I am here to help you find your personal freedom.

Sometimes I get old world hankerings for comfort food.  I don’t dive for the potato crisps or wine any more.  Instead, I create something deliciously ALIVE !!

My trick is to ‘think’ it through, looking at an image of cooked food and seeing how I can replicate the dish entirely uncooked and RAW.  So here is my take on Mushroom Stroganoff which I know you will enjoy.

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Mushroom Stroganoff
 
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This used to be one of my most favourite cooked dishes. Now through the wonders of new found awareness and imagination I have created a fully RAW stroganoff recipe which, frankly, you would not know was made with 100% plant ingredients with no cooking.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: RAW Food
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups of Button Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • ½ White or Red Onion
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup Shoyu Soy Sauce
  • ½ Cup Semi/Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • ½ Cup of Soaked Cashew Nuts
  • 1 Cup of Coconut Cream (I prefer Nakula brand)
  • ¼ Cup of Chopped Parsley
  • S&P for taste
  • 1 Med Cauliflower broken down into florettes
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Dash of Olive Oil
  • S&P
Instructions
  1. First put the sliced mushrooms into a bowl and add the olive oil, shoyu sauce and juice of 1 lemon along with ½ tsp. of desert salt and a good grind of black pepper. Leave them immersed for an hour or two until fully marinaded.
  2. In your Vitamix/Thermomix or vertical blender add the cashew nuts, coconut cream, garlic, onion, juice from one lemon and the semi-dried tomatoes. Blend thoroughly. Add salt to taste. Add also a dsp. equivalent of the marinade, which will give the sauce a rich ‘reduced’ appearance.
  3. Now strain off the mushrooms into a separate prep bowl and pour in the creamy liquid. Fold in the mushrooms. If you have some of the cream left then keep that aside and use as a mayo base for salads etc. Set aside for 15 minute to let the creamy flavours infuse through the mushrooms.
  4. Drop the florettes into your food processor and pulse to a rice consistency. Add the lime juice, dash of oil and S&P to taste.
  5. Spoon off the rice into a nice serving dish and ladle off the stroganoff mixture and top off with parsley, finishing with a drizzle of oil and a grind of pepper.
  6. This is a hearty old fashioned meal which will warm the cockles of any open heart!!
Notes
You can also mix the freshly chopped parsley and mix it in with the mushroom sauce otherwise use as a garnish.

Scott Mathias CHHC.AADP
Scott Mathias CHHC.AADP

I‘m a Digestive Health Specialist, RAW Food Chef and Author living in beautiful Noosa, Australia and teaching globally. As I approach 60, my journey to excellent health began when I sought and found natural means to heal myself of a chronic digestive disorder. I founded iLifeFoods.com, a 100% pure Australian Digestive Health and Plant Protein Company, and then proceeded to further change my lifestyle to support my ongoing excellent health by learning to prepare and serve the most amazing RAW food. I am also the Author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut’ and the upcoming ‘ Let’s Eat RAW ‘ recipe book. Do join me in knowing more. I am here to help you find your personal freedom.