14 Exotic Food Photos from the Thai Vegetarian Festival 2011

By Mark Wiens 18 Comments

As you may know, the annual Thai Vegetarian Festival in 2011 lasted from September 26th until October 6th.

Due to finishing a month long vegetarian Thai food challenge back in July, I didn’t “eat Jay” for the entire festival, but I was able to chow down on a few tasty vegetarian goodies.

Here are 14 mouthwatering food photos from the Thai Vegetarian Festival 2011. Enjoy!

1. Deep Fried Mushrooms
1. Deep Fried Mushrooms

1. Deep Fried Mushrooms

Extra crispy and deep fried, you can’t go wrong with these vegetarian mushrooms from Baan Suan Pi food court.

2. Taro Sausage
2. Taro Sausage

2. Taro Sausage

It looked almost like a meaty bratwurst, but instead of greasy meat, these guys were loaded with taro. They were excellent when dipped in the sweet and sour sauce!

3. Meat Sausage
3. Meat Sausage

3. Meat Sausage

It was so close to meat, I could even see the speckles of pork fat sprinkled throughout this vegetarian version of Isaan northern Thai sausage.

4. Glutinous Nutty Rice
4. Glutinous Nutty Rice

4. Glutinous Nutty Rice

This blob of red glutinous rice was dotten with nuts and beans and served along with a few pieces of fake meat for flavor.

5. Larb Woon Sen and Bitter Melon
5. Larb Woon Sen and Bitter Melon

5. Larb Woon Sen and Bitter Melon

This lunch plate of rice was topped with Larb Woon Sen (mung bean salad) and some nicely stewed bitter melon. Again, this was from the Baan Suan Pi vegetarian food court at Ari BTS station.

6. Pumpkin and Protein Balls
6. Pumpkin and Protein Balls

6. Pumpkin and Protein Balls

As long as it’s not those silky smooth fake meats, I’m ok with the texturized protein balls that taste a bit like bread. Mixed with pumpkin, this was a vegetarian hit!

7. Mixed (Blackened) Tofu
7. Mixed (Blackened) Tofu

7. Mixed (Blackened) Tofu

Though this tofu was probably loaded with unhealthy carcinogens (it was cooked over a fire), it was lip-licking!

8. Pad Prik Gaeng Jay and Bitter Melon
8. Pad Prik Gaeng Jay and Bitter Melon

8. Pad Prik Gaeng Jay and Bitter Melon

I liked the bitter melon stew so much that I went back another day for more. This time around I also ordered their Pad Prik Gaeng Jay which was bursting with flavor, but a little on the greasy side.

9. Pad Gra Pao Jay
9. Pad Gra Pao Jay

9. Pad Gra Pao Jay

This mixed dish of the famous Pad Gra Pao was cooked with an array of vegetables, mushrooms, tofu, and protein balls. When I asked her to make it spicy, she smiled and hooked it up nicely!

10. Yellow Noodles
10. Yellow Noodles

10. Yellow Noodles

As a popular Jay dish, stir fried yellow noodles are widely available and can be plain, but pretty good if you’re hungry.

11. Cinnamon Rolls
11. Cinnamon Rolls

11. Cinnamon Rolls

That’s right! Thai vegan Jay cinnamon rolls from Yaowarat (Chinatown).

12. Look Choop
12. Look Choop

12. Look Choop

Mung bean candy is one of those Thai desserts that looks pretty fake, but tastes pretty good!

13. Cotton Candy Wraps
13. Cotton Candy Wraps

13. Cotton Candy Wraps

One of my favorite treats during the Thai vegetarian festival are these little cotton candy wraps filled with peanuts.

14. Somtam Ponlamai
14. Somtam Ponlamai

14. Somtam Ponlamai

Fruit somtam (Thai fruit salad) is one of my all-time favorite dishes to devour during the Thai vegetarian festival! There’s something about flaming hot chilies and fruit that just goes so well together!



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  • Sarah

    5 years ago

    Any idea what the Thai name is for those cotton candy morsels with peanuts/sunflower seeds/sesame etc. inside? I’ve tried googling but only come up with the Korean name. If I know in Thai, I might actually be able to locate them again!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      Hey Sarah,
      I know that it’s a Chinese dessert, and I have asked a few Thai friends what the name is in Thai and none of them seem to know. I just found out that in English it’s known as “Dragon beard candy,” but sorry that I don’t know what they call it in Thai.

  • robin

    5 years ago

    VERY professional food photography – hats off!

    Asian cuisines seem particularly good at vegetarian creations.

    • Dwight Turner

      5 years ago

      Thanks Robin, Mark will be proud to read that once he’s back from traveling.

  • Jeremy Branham

    5 years ago

    Mark, I have to admit I was all prepared not to really like this post. I eat my vegetables but not big on vegetarian food. Have to admit this surprised me because this food looks pretty good. Would love to the mushrooms and many of those faux meat dishes look good.

    • Dwight Turner

      5 years ago

      This isn’t even everything we ate! There were so many tasty things during the festival. If you’re not really vegetarian then it’s even more fun because you run back to steaks later haha. Thanks for commenting Jeremy, we look forward to sharing more tasty items from this part of the world with you.

  • Cathy Sweeney

    5 years ago

    Yeah… I think I could go vegetarian with these dishes. Mung bean candy doesn’t look too good to me, but thumbs up on everything else. Yum!

    • Dwight Turner

      5 years ago

      Those mung bean snacks are subtle, but tasty. We can’t figure out how they get them all polished and shiny on the outside lol. True, they’re not my fav, but worth a try if you spot them. Thanks Cathy!

  • Technosyncratic Travel Blog

    5 years ago

    Mmmm, that nutty rice looks amazing! Great photos, Mark. :)

    • Dwight Turner

      5 years ago

      That nutty rice was awesome. Full of cashews, beans, sunflower seeds and was borderline sticky rice because it had such a thick consistency. They actually served it with some fake meat, but we enjoyed the rice way more. Thanks!

  • Sophie

    5 years ago

    Nom nom! Asian food has so many great veggie dishes – much more tempting than the Western options.

    • Dwight Turner

      5 years ago

      Agreed Sophie! Also easier to be veg when there’s great spices and sauces laying around everywhere. Thanks for the comment.

  • Laurel

    5 years ago

    These all look delicious and make me wish I was still living in Thailand. Love that Thailand hosts a huge vegetarian festival each year.

    • Dwight Turner

      5 years ago

      Yes, it’s an awesome festival and it means people aren’t completely oblivious to what you’re talking about when you say you’re vegetarian the rest of the year (usually lol). We still have more veg places we’ll be sharing from our veg month, stay tuned!

  • John in France

    5 years ago

    Huge congratulations for these extraordinary photos. You must nearly have your book photos finished now. I’ve never seen such food photos with such clarity – just a mouthful away!

    • Dwight Turner

      5 years ago

      Thanks John! The food is so colorful here, it’s really begging to be photographed. The problem we had was choosing which photos of all the great food to include. Glad you enjoyed, thanks for commenting.