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1. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 11y

Hi, starting my travels next week and rather concerned about the diet I will have to adopt while away. You see, I haven't eaten meat for 12 years, except once and then was sick the next day.

So, I just wanted to see if anyone can let me know how easy it will be to avoid meat in China and SE Asia, or am I just going to have to give in and become a carnivor again?

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I am not a vegetarian (in fact, I am probably whatever the opposite of vegetarian is), however I know two women who both have travel extensively who are vegetarians. They never had any problems finding food.

Depending on how strict a vegetarian you are, the biggest issue is trying to figure out what is in the food. Not the big items (one can see chicken), but the small things like lard, oyster sauce, eggs, cheese, etc. I have run into a number of chinese cooks who have said something is vegetarian when it has shrimp in it, because to them shrimp is not meat!

If this is a concern for you, probably best to figure out how to ask what is in what you are eating, and figure out how to understand what they are saying.

Greg

3. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 11y

Well, that's good. I had already resigned myself to the fact that I would probably accidently eat something meat based, as long as I won't find myself chomping away on cows legs or something. I shall just let my naivety take over because it's hard enough explaining in English why I won't eat meat, let alone the rest of the world!

Thanks for your help!

4. Posted by TwoLegs (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Meat Good!!!! ;) (I know, an unbelielevble pointless post, however, I need to have written ten posts to be a full member and catch up, so there miss philymop!!!)

5. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y

I've never understood why so many people think vegetarians eat fish!

6. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

i cant stand people who really can't understand why people are vegetarians-can they not see the reasoning behind it! just thought i'd like to add that!

yeh explaining it to people abroad-how stressful and annoying is that going to be but stick to your morals!

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Hi Philymop,

Two colleagues of mine are vegetarians. Whenever I'm with them, I will join them for lunch at a vegetarian restaurant/food stall. On average, I will have at least 2 vegetarian lunch in a week.

In Malaysia, most people, if not all, became vegetarians because of religion (Buddhists, Taoists, Sai-baba). There are two main groups of full-time vegetarians, one which does not take eggs, and the other which does. But both don't eat meat of any kinds. Some of the "stricter" ones do not even want garlic in the dishes.

I think you should have no problems getting vegetarian food in this region. It all depends on whether you are a "strict" type, which I don't think you can afford to be one when you're travelling. In Malaysia, just go to a foodcourt and you should be able to find at least one Chinese vegetarian stall.

I don't know about the kinds of vegetarian food in the west, but over here, they have vegetarian chicken, mutton, duck and even pork! Hmm... so much for being a vegetarian by religion when the food you eat resembles the actual meat.

Cheers,
Hien

8. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 11y

Yes, we have lots of pretend meat here too! I'm glad other people understand not wanting to eat meat, it's just the idea of blood and veins in my food - sorry if I'm making anyone ill -Yuk!