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Eating out – Canberra

Eating out - Canberra

HAN JUNG SIK – KOREAN VEGAN BANQUET DELIVERS GREATNESS, AGAIN

Lazy Su is a bit of a hipster Korean eatery in downtown Braddon, in the city of Canberra, AUSTRALIA.

Glancing at their regular menu you would fail to find many plant based options.

That is except when they toss all that out once a month in favour of a Vegan Han Jung Sik, which according the menu is a full-course Korean meal with an array of savoury side dishes.

Legend has it that the Han Jung Sik originated as a lavish banquet served in ancient royal palaces and the homes of aristocrats.

I’m sure back in the day, the Kings/Queens/Emperors etc and society’s elites where suitably impressed as I was tonight, again.

This is the second banquet Lazy Su’s has put on for us vegans in as many months.

Check out the full menu below but I would have to say my favourites this time were the Eggplant Skewers, Mushroom Bulgogi and the Stuffed Korean Chilli Poppers. That said there were no disappointments.

This Plant Health Man strongly recommends giving the Lazy Su Vegan Banquet a try when you get the choice. You won’t regret it and all for under $50 a head. Drinks extra.

Follow them on social media to ensure you get an early heads up for the next one. Tickets sell very fast.

Desserts/ Eating out - Canberra

DOUGHNUTS OR DONUTS? – THERE’S A NEW MAKER OF HEAVEN IN TOWN

A new donut place has opened up in my hood.

Well actually it’s 25 minutes drive away but they make several ‘plant based’ or ‘vegan’ varieties each day so of course I had to go and check them out.

My followers would expect nothing less from Plant Health Man…..ha ha!

When I visited Doughnut Dept earlier today they had four vegan varieties to choose from:

  • Rhubarb and Strawberry;
  • Blood Orange;
  • Lemon Glaze; and
  • Mini cinnamon balls.

My verdict – Doughnut Delicious!!! The large ones were all light and fluffy with just the right amount of icing/glaze on top. The mini cinnamon balls were more dense but still a mouthful of sweet doughy heaven.

Doughnut Dept is at 2 Alinga Street in Civic. It’s on the ground floor of the new Mayfair Apartment Complex, keep walking towards ANU past Smith’s Alternative and the Irish Pub on the corner across the crossing and down a bit then you are there.

Eating out - Canberra

ROLEEE – CLEAN TASTING DELICIOUS WHOLEFOODS INDIAN CUISINE

I have found the best Indian food in Canberra!!!!

Big statement I know.

This is some leftovers I’m having for lunch. Potato and green bean curry with a bean curry. Served with a chickpea roti reheated in a sandwich press.

I make some sort of curry at home on a regular basis:
1. Because I love them; and
2 Because most Indian restaurants cook with a lot of oil which my stomach doesn’t agree with since I’ve not used oil for over three years.

That was until I tried Roleee’s in Braddon.

All of their vegan food is made with fresh wholefood ingredients.

They even make their spice mixes fresh in store rather than buy them pre-made from some bulk restaurant supplier. You can really taste the difference.

Their roti breads are made fresh daily without any unnecessary additives you often find like animal lard.

Well worth a try.

Eating out - Canberra

THE FISH SHACK – VEGAN FOOD NOW AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

The Fish Shack in Canberra has gone hi-tech today with the release of it’s own mobile smartphone app.

Apple and Android users can download the app then peruse the menu to salivate over what vegan options they plan to consume on their next visit to the venue smack bang in the centre of Civic.

In fact you can even order ahead or if you are lucky enough to live in the inner city, ask for the delivery service.

If you check out the menu you might even spot the new secret vegan item. A photo of the said item is above.

A clue for you – it’s delicious. That’s not not really a clue….sorry! 🤣

Dinner/ Eating out - Canberra

NEW PRODUCT ALERT – VEGAN SWEET POTATO PIZZA FROM PIZZA CAPERS

Pizza Capers is the latest fast food company to try to cash in on the rapidly growing vegan market.

They have done this with the introduction of a vegan sweet potato pizza offering.

Pizza Capers has started appearing predominately on Australian eastern seaboard in recent years (QLD, NSW and the ACT).

I have had food from Pizza Capers before but only after ordering a vegetarian pizza, removing the cheeses, adding extra vegetables etc.

With this new “Sweet Potato Pizza” offering they now offer a vegan shredded style cheese option.

I don’t know which one it is? My local store couldn’t tell me and the company’s website doesn’t even list the pizza as an option yet???

It tasted very nice, even though it was topped with sweet chilli sauce which I don’t really go in for usually.

Despite this I would certainly order one again when I can’t be stuffed cooking dinner.

 

 

Dinner/ Eating out - Canberra

MALAYSIAN CHAPTER – KARI DHAL

Many of my vegan friends rave about Malaysian Chapter at Belconnen.

One, is because they serve up some great authentic food and two, they offer plenty of vegan options.

I’m almost ashamed to say I have only eaten there twice in almost three years but I have a pretty good excuse. I live on the other side of town.

I recently caught up with a friend who had just moved into Belconnen. I suggested Malaysian Chapter because she didn’t know any restaurants having just set up digs in the suburb.

I ordered the Kari Dhal which was a curry made up of lentils cooked with fresh tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, eggplant & okra.

I thought I had been doing alright with some homemade curries I had made up in previous weeks. It didn’t take long to realise the difference between a self taught home cook (me) and a master.

 It was packed with flavour and plenty of spice to boot. The roti’s I ordered on the side were a perfect combination with the curry. Everyone of the vegetables had been cooked for the right amount of time and were infused with the tastes of authenticity.

I won’t be leaving it so long before I head back to Malaysian Chapter again.

Eating out - Canberra/ Lunch

SWEET BONES – AN EGGCELLENT SANDWICH

Since adopting a plant health lifestyle, I get asked regularly if  I miss any particular animal based food product I used to eat?

The honest answer is no. Things I ate by the truckload like cheese and bread is easily substituted with a range of great plant based options.

That said though I do occasionally get a craving for the flavour of eggs…..specifically an egg sandwich.

Again there are many vegan versions of egg, namely tofu with Himalayan black salt etc.

When that urge comes around I head to Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe for one of their Eggless Egg Salad Sandwiches.

It is a close to that egg flavour I remember that I have tasted since being a plant health man. I have tried to recreate it at home a few times with embarrassing results. After a quite work with the owner I now know what the secret ingredient is but I was sworn to keep it a secret so to my grave it will follow me.

I haven’t tried to make it since finding that out. When I get a craving I’ll just head into Sweet Bones and order one of these sandwiches.

Eating out - Canberra

THE BEST BANANA BREAD I HAVE EVER TASTED

Sorry I would give you the recipe……but I didn’t make it.

That honour goes to Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe in Braddon, Canberra, Australia.

It was perfect in every way. A good amount of natural banana flavour, soft enough to melt in your mouth without much chewing and strong enough to hold together. Add the fresh fruit and whipped coconut cream on top. Belinda Carlisle was right. Heaven is a place on earth and it is called the Banana Bread at Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe!

By the way that is a mango smoothie in the background. I completely forgot about it until I got up to leave. I was too distracted…..LOL!

Eating out/ Eating out - Canberra

THE VEGAN SNACK PACK FROM THE FISH SHACK

The Fish Shack has fast become one of the go to places for many vegans in Canberra and surrounds.

The vegan snack pack is packed with crunchy chips, sautéed shiitake stems, vegan gravy, house aioli toped with Spanish onions and vegan cheese.

Obviously not something to eat everyday but as a treat it just tastes awesome and compared to the full fat meat and dairy laced alternative this is a big winner!!!