Once again, Thailand’s vegetarian, or jay, festival has come full circle. The festival marks the period when one purifies the body and mind by abstaining from meat and animal products, as well as various strong smelling vegetables such as garlic and onion. Held annually during the ninth lunar month, the festival is originally of Chinese origins, which is why Chinatown tends to be the life of this vegetarian party, so to speak. Though street stalls are a brilliant way to experience authentic Thai-Chinese festival food, if you’re looking for ways to celebrate the meatless season in more upscaled settings, we have a few picks for you:
Fei Ya, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
A change of scene from the usual Chinese vegetarian stir fries, the Cantonese vegetarian specials prepared by master chef Leung Shing Hoi at Fei Ya Cantonese restaurant are designed to delight. One simply cannot think of Cantonese cuisine without dim sum and Fei Ya does not fail to impress with scrumptious vegetarian morsels. Main dishes are also available, such as crispy vegetarian goose served with pineapple sweet and sour sauce, braised chanterelle mushroom with bean curd and Kudzu noodles served in a clay pot. The wide selection of à la carte menu and dim sum offerings are made daily and come with an all-you-can-eat option.
Available during lunch and dinner from October 20-28
Fei Ya, 3rd Floor, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, 518/8 Ploenchit Road
Lin-Fa Chinese Restaurant, The Sukosol Bangkok Hotel
From October 19-29, Lin-Fa will be offering an array of special vegetarian Chinese dishes ranging from mushroom buns with truffle oil and stir-fried mock duck with black pepper sauce to stir-fried mock abalone with oyster sauce and many more. Other dishes include deep-fried mock shrimp with fruit salad, Szechuan hot and sour soup and the staple festival dish of stir-fried noodles with vegetables.
Available during lunch (11:30am-2:30pm) and dinner (6-10pm) from October 19-29
Lin-Fa Chinese Restaurant, Ground Floor, The Sukosol Bangkok, 477 Si Ayuthaya Road
0-2247-0123 ext.1820, thesukosol.com, fb.com/thesukosolbangkok
Spice Market, Anantara Siam Bangkok
Spice Market Thai restaurant at Anantara Siam Bangkok’s "Kin Jae" promotion offers a range of healthy and delicious Thai dishes. Try the Roti Mataba—seared roti sheet stuffed with an assortment of pickles and vegetables with sweet potato—or the Hor Mok Jae steamed spicy mushroom soufflé. Those craving the usual comfort food of spicy salad and fried rice can opt for the Yam Moo Yor Jae made of spicy veggie protein and herbs in a spicy sauce or fried brown rice with Thai herbs.
Available during lunch (11:30am-2:30pm except Sunday) and dinner (6-10:30pm)
Spice Market, Anantara Siam Bangkok, 155 Ratchadamri Road
0-2126-8866, firstname.lastname@example.org, siam-bangkok.anantara.com
The World Restaurant, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld
Enjoy a nine-day vegetarian feast from October 20-28 at The World at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre. Guests can look forward a variety of meat-free dishes including green curry in coconut milk, spicy and sour mixed mushroom soup and stir-fried vegetarian-style ‘pork’ with hot basil and different styles of tofu.
The World, 24th Floor, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, 999/99Rama 1 Road
Silk Road, The Athenee Hotel
The Athenee’s Silk Road restaurant has prepared classic and innovative vegetarian dishes for visitors from the 20th through 30th of this month. Treat yourself to guilt-free Cantonese fine dining and delectable Chinese vegetarian cuisine, whether it’s double-boiled vegetable soup with tender bamboo or vegetarian barbeque Peking duck! À la carte options and dim sum are available, as well as a six-course individual set menu and a nine-course family set for ten persons. SPG® membership benefits apply and members of The Athenee Club also enjoy a 20% discount.
Available daily for lunch (11:30am-2:30pm) and dinner (6-10:30pm)
Silk Road, 3rd Floor, The Athenee Hotel, 61 Witthayu Road
0-2650-8800, email@example.com, theatheneebangkok.com