If you are vegan, do not think that you can not enjoy some delicious Thai food. By modifying the protein in the dish to Tofu, or substituting certain sauces that contain fish as a base, you can still enjoy the delicious spice and flavor of Thai food. Most dishes are loaded with veggies, rice or noodles and do not include cheese, butter or milk. Some dishes do have egg in them so make sure to specify that you want rice noodles instead. If you want Pad Thai, make sure you order it with no egg, fish or meat.

Here are just a few good choices and the modifications you can ask for.

Vegetable Spring Rolls: Deep-fried to perfection and packed with delicious veggies is a perfect starter to any Thai meal. It won’t hurt to confirm though that no meat has been added to them as some restaurants do add meat.

Vegetable Salad Rolls: Served in a rice wrapper and a sweet tasting peanut sauce. Any meat added to these can easily be replaced with tofu.

Tom Yum Mushroom Soup: A citrus spicy soup full of fragrant herbs such as lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir lime. A truly famous Thai soup.

Tom Kha Mushroom Soup: A milder version of Tom Yum soup with the addition of coconut milk to balance out the flavors.

Vegetable Soup: Similar to chicken soup, minus the chicken. Usually filled with vegetables in a clear broth and soft pieces of tofu added as well. Very comforting on a cold day.

Papaya Salad: Shredded green papaya, cherry tomatoes, green beans + peanuts mixed in a spicy lime dressing.

Thai Curry: A very popular fragrant stew-like dish, hosting an assortment of herbs, spices, and pepper with coconut milk, and served with rice. Replace the meat with tofu or extra vegetables.

Panang Curry: A mildly spiced curry blended with coconut milk, peanuts and again substitute any meat options with tofu or vegetables.

Pad Thai: One of the most popular dishes in Thailand, it is usually served with thin rice noodles stir-fried with bean sprouts, scallion, small red tofu, egg, and ground peanuts. You will want to order this egg free.

Thai food is an experience you do not want to miss and thankfully it is easily altered to accommodate all tastes and nutritional lifestyles. Come by Thaiphoon in Alexandria, VA for some delicious and Vegan-friendly Thai food today or call 703-413-8200 and order some to go!