Chinese Takeaway With a Side Order of Compassion

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New Picture (2)The chips are down for fish and chips – at least according to a new study showing that Britain’s favourite takeaway is now Chinese food. Fewer people tucking into fish suppers is certainly a good thing, as fish have no desire to be dragged out of the sea, killed, battered and served up in a greasy paper package. Vegans can also get behind this trend because all Chinese restaurants offer a tempting selection of animal-free options!

Here are some of our favourite widely available vegan Chinese dishes – perfect for the next time that you have a craving for hot, delicious food that you don’t have to prepare yourself (and that doesn’t involve any cruelty):

      • Noodles: Most places offer vermicelli or rice noodles, which are egg-free. And if you can eat them without getting sauce all over your chin, we salute you!
      • Tofu: Whether you like your bean curd deep-fried, with sweet-and-sour sauce or accompanied by Chinese vegetables, it is sure to give you a satisfying protein fix.
      • Mixed Vegetable Soup: Comforting and mild, this soup is the perfect thing to warm you up on cold evenings. Just double-check that the stock is fully vegetarian before you order.
      • Crispy Seaweed: Mmm, delicious, nutritious, deep-green goodness: it’s packed full of iron as well.
      • Stir-Fried Vegetables: A plate of these will go a long way towards your five-a-day. Eat them atop a mound of steamed rice or served with cashew nuts or black-bean sauce for an extra yum factor.

Other dishes that are often vegan – but you’ll need to ask to be sure – include spring rolls (look for the ones made from rice paper), banana fritters and sometimes even, bizarrely, prawn crackers!

Opting for a compassionate diet doesn’t have to be difficult. If you need some help making the switch, order our free vegetarian/vegan starter kit for ideas and advice.


  • Laurie G commented on April 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I don’t think I would trust most takeaway restaurants to divulge all their ingredients. I suspect a lot of them will tell you anything is vegetarian/vegan if it doesn’t have obvious chunks of meat in it. I don’t blame them for that, I think they’re just desperate for customers, around here anyway. If I can’t eat at home or in a restaurant with a good friendly menu I’d rather buy a bag of nuts and a couple of apples.

  • Louise Anne Spartali commented on April 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Great article! But I think a lot of people are very helpful actually, especially if they already have vegetarian options on the menu. It is more likely that they will know what you can eat then if you are vegan! :) Plus they make all their food themselves so its never hard to check!

  • Wowzers commented on August 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Score 4 out of 5: How many times do I have to tell these people that TOFU ISN’T VEGAN AT ALL because soy is the plant world’s answer to dairy!

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