The Vegan Food
There was a decent choice of both Western and Khmer dishes that were already labelled as vegetarian and ready for us to veganise. Our favourite Western style dish was this ‘Grilled Vegetable Salad’ which was generously doused in balsamic and was full of mushrooms, courgettes, onions and tomatoes and peppers which had been tossed with salad leaves and fresh herbs.
There was also an offer of ‘Deep Fried Taro Spring Rolls’, not the usual ingredients we’ve seen in a fried spring roll but we’re happy to report back that they were really good. Mixed with shredded carrot and rich shiitake mushrooms, the grated taro made for a moist and comforting filling in these little fried snacks.
Our two main courses were Khmer favourites; ‘Cambodian Veggie Curry’ and Vegetables in Clay Pot’. The curry was a rich velvety smooth coconut curry that was full of lemongrass and like most Khmer curries it was sweet instead of spicy. It was finished with rounds of fried soft tofu resulting in a delicious dish with great texture as well as flavour.
At breakfast the Sarai Resort & Spa offers à la carte choices that can be veganised, with our favourite being a specially created vegetable fried rice with tofu. The breakfast dishes were served with fresh fruit and bread with homemade jams (which we loved because they were delicious and full of fruitiness).
As always, it’s best to make contact with the hotel in advance to tell them you are vegan and remind them what this means. Often ingredients such as oyster sauce, shrimp paste and fish sauce are considered to be acceptable vegetarian products in this part of the world and so it’s best to be clear that you don’t eat these whenever you are in this part of the world.