Taiwan: Vegetarian Paradise
In Taiwan, 1.7 million people, or 13% of the population of Taiwan, follows a vegetarian diet at least some of the time. There are more than 10,000 vegetarian restaurants or street vendors all around the island. Food labeling laws for vegetarian food guarantee the rights for the nearly 2 million veggie population. A popular movement of Monday Veggie has been advocated on a national scale. People are encouraged to keep non-meat diet at least one day a week. On Monday in Taiwan, most vegetarian restaurants have special discounts and some public units like schools and government offices offer only vegetarian meals in the cafeterias.
Whenit comes to vegetarian diet, people might think it a little bit dry and boring. However, it is a totally different story in Taiwan. Buddhist food restrictions have produced a vegetarian culture in which beancurd, wheat gluten, and mushrooms are transformed into renditions of standard cuisine, sometimes being molded into the shape of ducks,chickens, and fish. If you feel like treating yourself to a truly innovative and delectable meal, most of Taiwan’s cities do have a handful of fancy vegetarian restaurants. Taiwan is indeed a vegetarian paradise for having countless choices of veggie food, like Chinese dishes, Japanese Sushi, Italian and French cuisines, Dimsum, fondue,steak, hamburger, and Goulash to name but a few. Briefly speaking, youcan find a vegetarian substitue to all food in the world.
Green eating in Taiwan is convenient. Food is offered in great versatility and accessibility. Most of them are very cheap and some even open until very late in the night. Usually the veggie eateries are small food stalls or family-owned shops, some of which offer a buffet spread where diners are charged by weight. An average meal costs less than $3-$4 USD. You can self-cater with lots of fresh subtropic fruits, tasty snacks and street foods, fromnumerous grocery stores, night markets and convenience stores. They are everywhere and some of them are 24-hour. Vegetarian friend will definitely be fascinated by the vegetarian culture in Taiwan.
Fancy vegetarian All-You-Can-Eat
( Price: $15 - $25 USD)
(Price: $3 - $4 USD)
Vegetarian Chow Mein
(Price: $2 USD)
(Price: $2.5 USD)
Fried Spring Rolls
(Price: $2 USD)