Eating/Drinking

Going vegan, Isan-style

Broccoli Revolution celebrates its second home at Open House, Central Embassy with the introduction of the Vegan Isan Platter.

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May 05, 2017
To non-vegans, vegan food sounds about as tasty as cardboard. Honestly though, who can blame them? Typical vegan food that we’ve come to experience is pretty damn boring and bland: celery sticks, steamed broccoli, and all that. No, thanks.

Two years ago, Broccoli Revolution revolutionized the vegan food scene in Bangkok with delicious, unpretentious, nutritious, and Instagram-licious meat-free offerings made with sustainably-sourced ingredients. After the success of the first establishment on Sukhumvit 49, the second branch has recently opened at Open House, Central Embassy, bringing hearty, healthy, cruelty-free food to the Central Bangkok area.
The star dish exclusively available at this new branch is the Vegan Isan Platter (300 THB), an Isan-inspired meal served on a wooden board. On this board is vegan som-tam, homemade jaew, brown organic sticky rice, grilled eryngii mushroom, shredded grey oyster mushroom, mushroom larb, and fresh, organic vegetables.
Broccoli Charcoal Quinoa Burger (350 THB) substitutes meat with broccoli and quinoa paste, which has no taste of broccoli whatsoever. It comes with taro, sweet potato, and potato deep-fried in rice bran oil.

The verdict on this dish (well, platter) is that it is neither too Isan nor too vegan-tasting. According to Saks Rouypirom, one of the restaurant’s partners, Broccoli Revolution offers a balanced choice that everyone, vegan or non-vegan, Thai or foreign, adult or kid, can truly enjoy. He says that the purpose of the restaurant is not to convert everyone into a vegan, but to offer a vegan experience that non-vegans can still enjoy.

So, even if you’re not familiar with Isan food or you’re a hardcore meat lover, you’ll still find the Vegan Isan Platter a welcome change. The absence of fish sauce and MSG might make the som-tam taste a bit different from what you’re familiar with, but it’s hardly an issue when the flavor and texture come together so nicely.

But wait a minute. What’s that extra flavor we’re sensing? Oh, it’s the satisfying taste of social responsibility. Most of the ingredients are sourced from small, local, organic farms that are giving back to their communities. Some of the mushrooms are grown by Hub Sai Dek, an organization that helps Bangkok

Black Quinoa Avocado Salad (250 THB) contains about a cup of quinoa, so that’s easily 15% of the recommended daily intake of iron and 21% of the fiber you need.