How has the vegan scene grown in the last few years?
U.K. nutritionist and raw food chef Emma Fountain is said to have spurred the growth of vegan food in Cambodia. She is very passionate about convincing people to eat clean, which is what birthed the veg-friendly restaurants she opened throughout Cambodia. Emma is the former owner of ARTillery Cafe and currently the manager of the Backyard Cafe. She established Vibe Cafe in Siem Reap in late 2016 and later opened a location in Phnom Penh as well. While Vibe is fully-vegan, the other restaurants are highly veg-friendly while including animal-based options, so ensure you discuss with the staff if you are looking for 100% vegan options.
The dishes made at all three restaurants aim to retain their whole plant-food form, to ensure they are as healthy and clean as possible. Vibe has an agreement to purchase as many of its food supplies from local farms as possible to support the local community. Supporting plant-derived crops and ingredients. The purple Amazonian Açaí smoothie bowl is one of their most popular dishes. It is served in a coconut shell and contains an organic açaí smoothie blend made with bananas and topped with whole food toppings. Their Ritual bowl lunch dish also contains over 95% raw components such as GMO-free tempeh and organic quinoa. It is topped with ingredients like almonds and fermented ginger. These are just two options on their lengthy menu.