UPDATE: We have been advised that ‘Vegan Corner’ is no longer a concept at this hotel.
Wouldn’t it be great if every hotel had a ‘Vegan Corner’ – a special section on their menu that highlights the health benefits of a plant-based diet with a range of delicious dishes that are all 100% plant-based but also list their nutritional values for extra information?
Victoria Angkor Hotel have embraced this growing new trend in travel and tourism and have done just this meaning that fully vegan guests and diners, as well as those who just enjoy great food that’s good for your health, can now select from a range of dishes inspired by Eastern and Western flavours that whole food ingredients that are often not seen in other hotels or restaurants in Siem Reap.
Here’s a flavour of the kind of dishes you can expect to see on the menu at Victoria Angkor:
‘Quinoa and Chickpea Salad’
This was one of those dishes that just tasted ‘healthy’. Full of chickpeas (every vegan’s best friend) which added great texture as well as protein and fibre; it was a very filling dish with the addition of quinoa making it a superfood winner in our book.
Quinoa and chick pea salad
‘Asian Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing’
A wonderful noodle salad with all the flavours of Asia; definitely one of our favourites. Light, tasty, full of zest with good sesame flavours.
Asian noodle salad with peanut dressing
Not just any old tabbouleh but ‘Quinoa Tabbouleh’ as the bulgur wheat was mixed together with quinoa for extra flavour, texture and health giving benefits. It also had little bits of artichoke inside which went really well in this dish which also had the traditional fresh herb flavours you’d expect too.
‘Spicy Taco with Pineapple Slaw’
We rarely see good vegan tacos in SE Asia and so we really enjoyed this dish. We thought that it would go well with a side of fresh tomato salsa and some fresh chillies added for those who like a bit of spice.
Spicy tacos with pineapple slaw
The texture of this dish was great with the minced carrot going perfectly with the lentils. We liked the fresh parsley and flavours of mustard as well as the perfectly cooked lentils.
Asian Noodle Salad
This was wonderful, simply wonderful and the addition of the tofu worked really well. We would definitely eat this as a main course and again loved that it had some typically Asian flavours. The wholewheat spaghetti worked very well and was something we were be impressed with because we never see it on the menu anywhere (and it’s delicious). It was full of flavours including fresh basil and had a well spiced peanut dressing.
Asian Noodle Salad with wholewheat spaghetti
Red Lentils with Kale and Tomatoes
This rich and warming casserole is the kind of hearty but healthy dinner that we can imagine ourselves eating after a strenuous day at the temples. The flavours of the tomato were combined with the other vegetables, some olive oil and fresh herbs were delicious.
Two bean Pumpkin Chilli
Chilli is a simple dish that most places often manage to get wrong in our experience but we have to say that we were very impressed with the Victoria Angkor team’s version. We liked the addition of a bit of tofu to the spicy, cumin and tomato rich chilli and which was full of beans and fresh local pumpkin. Served with a delicious red jasmine rice, it really was very tasty.
2 bean and pumpkin chilli
Dessert – Chocolate Cake
A vegan chocolate cake made with chick pea flour that had a dense and moist texture with a sweet and chocolatey flavour. We swiftly removed the white chocolate twirl (as it wasn’t made with vegan white chocolate) but after checking the recipe with the chef again we were happy to slip into vegan chocolate heaven. Seriously good.