Veganuary is actually a charity who aims to inspire people to try vegan for January and throughout the rest of the year which was launched back in 2014.
Veganism is one of the most effective choices a person can make to reduce the suffering of animals, help the planet and improve personal health.
Veganuary is dedicated to changing public attitudes whilst informing and providing practical support required to make the transition to veganism as easy as possible.
Personally, I’m not veggie but I’m all for doing my bit to help the animals and the planet where I can. I commend vegans, vegetarians and pescetarians for making such a commitment to try and change society’s normality when it comes to eating meat.
I’ve started trying Quorn and veggie alternatives where I can, and honestly, Quorn is amazing, especially the sausages. I’d go as far as to say I prefer Quorn sausages over pork sausages! Now we’re on the subject of sausages, let’s discuss Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll, the most hotly debated sausage roll since, well… the sausage roll. I’m still yet to try it as every Greggs I’ve been to, to get my hands on it has sold out! Who knew so many people were interested in exploring Veganism?!
intu Metrocentre is doing their bit this January by supporting Veganuary and as are their restaurants! Involved in the cause is resident to the Qube Quarter, Thaikhun. I was kindly invited down last Friday evening to try their vegan versions of much loved Thai dishes!
Thaikhun was brought to the North East by the owners of the Chaophraya Thai Restaurant group back in 2016 who pride themselves on providing a completely authentic and traditional Thai street food experience.
And they deliver just that, inside the restaurant is like being on the streets of Bangkok minus the hustle and bustle and more relaxation vibes. Myself and my friend were shown to a booth nestle away and give the food and drinks menu to ponder by the manager. The staff at Thaikhun are absolutely lovely and can’t do enough for you! As well as trying veganuary, I’ve been attempting to cut down on my alcohol for Dry Jan too, so we ordered some mocktails which hit the spot.
All of the dishes on the menu sound extremely appetizing, I love Thai food so my mind was running wild at each dish description, however, I had to look for the vegetarian options! I was amazed at how many dishes had vegan and vegetarian alternatives which were fantastic since my favourite dish of stir fry was available to me!
For starters, we decided to go for the vegetable spring rolls which were delicious and jam-packed full of goodness. I thought five mini rolls was the right amount and they were very filling.
For the main course, I tried the vegetable stir fry, which doesn’t sound very exciting but it was a magical burst of flavours! There was a fruitful selection of vegetables including broccoli, onion, cabbage which worked great together in terms of taste and complimented by the soy and black bean sauce. Divine!
My friend went for something different and tried the Sweet & Sour stir fry with tofu! The crispy tofu is stir-fried with sweet and sour sauce served with peppers, pineapple, tomatoes, and onions, I had a forkful to try for good measures and it was so succulent.
So the veggie meals did not disappoint and instead of feeling full to the brim, we both felt a comfortable fullness so we thought why not try a dessert?!
Despite not being vegan, I just had to try the Thai Pancakes saturated in Nutella to y’know, let you know my thoughts… and all I can say is scrumptious. The best dessert, ever. Thinking about these pancakes has my mouth watering. Just look at them!
We had a wonderful evening at Thaikihun and trying their veggie dishes! I can’t wait to go back and try more, and maybe have some more pancakes. The service is amazing, the food is of a 5* standard and the prices are really reasonable, plus they have a great cocktail menu! Get your selves down to your nearest Thaikhun now!
*This is a collaborative post with intu Metrocentre.