Though Taipei, I admit, really is a country full of vegan restaurants, there are still parts of it where finding vegan spots is a bit challenging. I stayed once in Tamsui District and it’s where I learned (more than I should) about self-cooking on trips.
I once looked around Tamsui for a vegan diner but wasn’t able to find one that states “vegan” in English because, basically, they don’t speak that much of the language. Luckily, my local friends who are also vegan decided to take me to a fully-vegan diner that isn’t just pocket-friendly but also serves authentic local cuisine!
I went to this place twice because I fell in love with their homemade spicy noodles, hearty noodle soup, and of course, their sundry dish that has mushrooms, Taiwanese-style tofu, and kelp. Plus, it’s topped with a delicious sauce that says Taiwan and Vegan. *hearts all over*
Whether you’re a vegan on a budget planning to stay in Tamsui during your Taipei vacation or just want to try local cuisine that’s not just animal-friendly but also pocket-friendly, this should be on your list of diners to visit! Below is a sample of their budget meal served with free tofu-and-kelp soup.
It has a walking distance from the Tamsui MRT station and getting there is pretty safe. No need to take a cab. Lastly, note that it’s located beside a narrow road that leads to a night market. It’s just 5 steps away from an intersection so you’ll see this (below).
When you visit Taiwan, particularly Taipei, hop on this diner some time and enjoy a “veganized” local cuisine like never before!
If the swastika on the signboard bothers you, you should know that it’s not a sign that denotes anything related to the Nazis. In fact, it is used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality in India and has different meanings in many cultures and religions. In Japan, it’s called “manji”. In this case, it depicts the footsteps of Buddha and is also a Buddhist symbol for the temple.
Though in this day and age, Nazis and Hitler are not that often discussed, his bad reputation is undeniably embedded in our subconscious. There are still a lot of people who are sensitive to this topic, especially when seeing a swastika symbol. But by sharing this with our friends whenever an opportunity comes up such as when we see a symbol during trips or when this significant history comes up during discussions, we’re encouraging learning and, metaphorically, not letting Hitler win. #knowledgeiskey