A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published July 15th 2018
Don't ignore vegan food - it is absolutely delicious
I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian any more, however decided while writing this article that I really wanted to try vegan food.
I had read the menu through several times and it looked so interesting that I went for an early Sunday morning lunch with a few friends.
I was most surprised at how good the meals were! There was a huge variety and each had a different flavour/spices and very cleverly constructed.
There were many meals with names such as chicken, duck, mutton and fish and all these were made without meat or fish! They even had crepes, and I have no idea how they made these as vegans do not eat eggs!
All the food looked like what it was supposed to represent and it was all tasty and such a huge choice. We got there early for lunch, before 12 noon, however, by then the hall was packed. There were people everywhere, despite the rain and nasty cold weather.
Even though I had looked at the menu, I really did not know what to eat, as I wanted almost everything! Fortunately, the meals were very cheap - starting at around $6 for a main and going up to $8 or a few at $9. Each meal was clearly marked which was another added bonus.
This was all to raise money and it was a brilliant effort by all those who did the cooking and serving. My only disappointment was that the cakes and tiramisu, which I had promised to get for my son, were sold out by the time we got there. The fair opened at 10.30 am and obviously, the cakes were very popular!
Yuni is one of the organisers of this fabulous event and Yuni said they had made much more food this fair, as they ran out in the last one.
Yuni - also having fun!
It did not take long to get served and each table of food had a number with signs explaining exactly what was in the food. Most of the food was vegan, however, if it had been served in a normal restaurant, I would not have known!
Every dish was marked clearly
Eventually, we found somewhere to sit. The South Perth Civic Centre has quite a lot of room, however, due to the rain, everyone was eating inside instead of in the grassed areas.
We started off with the Yum Cha Set for $6. This was a Chinese brunch dish and consisted of siew mai (minced mock meat dumpling), steam vegetable dumpling and bean curd skin roll.
Delicious! Variety of finger food
These were all delicious and such great value for $6!
Next ,we went on to the curry puffs which were $2 each and fried homemade puffs filled with potato and carrot curry. Also with this, we had bean curd sticks which were slightly sweet.
I enjoyed the first dish more, as it was more unusual and varied.
Then on to Taro Rolls which were 6 for $5. These were crispy special pastry skin filled with sweet potato and taro and were scrumptious.
We then had the pan-fried Shanghai dumplings for $5 and these were filled with vegetables, glass noodles and ginger served warm and with a special dipping sauce.
Shanghai dumplings - such good value
And still, we went on......
Veg fish balls were $3 a stick of 4 and were deep fried mock fish balls coated in breadcrumbs.
I am almost embarrassed to go on to say, "and next we had" Banh Xeoi for $8! This was a Vietnamese savoury pancake served with fresh seasonal garden salad and Vietnamese mint, and the pancake looked so much like an egg one, but of course - no eggs here!
Vegan pancake with salad
I then followed with Ta-Go for $5. This was a Thai style pudding made from mung bean flour, and as with the other meals, this dessert was delicious! This looked a bit strange until I dug into it.
So..... at last, we had had enough! We did, however, take some home for the rest of the family and these included:
Dessert of sticky rice with mango at $8. This was Pandan infused glutinous rice and coconut cream, topped with mango slices.
Pad Thai - a vegan version of this popular dish at $8. This was flat rice noodle stir fried with tamarind sauce, crunchy nuts, tofu, vegetables and chilli powder. This was one of my favourites of the event and I really cannot remember what 'meat' or 'fish' I put in when I made this. However, based on this Pad Thai, it needs nothing else.
Most delicious Pad Thai
Kaeng Dai Pla which was $8. This was a Thai jungle curry with bamboo shoots, bean and mock fish, mixed with fermented bean sauce and hot chilli.
Larp Phet at $9. This was a Thai thinly sliced mock duck salad mixed with special tangy, crunchy and spicy sauce - also excellent and it looked so much like real duck.
To summarise, there was not one dish I did not like, and this fair was indeed a credit to all those volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen.
This fair is held generally twice a year, and I am already looking forward to their next one. Check out their Facebook page for the next date.
This Vegan/vegetarian Fair is so worth going to and at such reasonable prices. A fascinating experience and one I will repeat next time this Vegan Fair is on.