Global cuisine has many iconic dishes, but rarely are they something a vegetarian can eat. We scoured the planet to find national dishes that veggie globetrotters can tuck into on their next trip. Feast your eyes on these mouthwatering, nonmeat menu items—some of them found in surprising places.
Courtesy Carlton George
Scotland is known for its famous haggis dish, which contains sheep’s organs with spices and minced onion stuffed inside the casing of the animal’s stomach. Fear not; if you really want that experience (and not everyone does), there’s a vegetarian version served at the Carlton George Hotel in Glasgow that features beans, lentils, oats, and vegetables topped with a poached egg and gravy. The best way to find veggie haggis (among other local dishes) in Scottish cities is to go through a guided vacations company like Brendan Vacations that specializes in individual tours and knows where to find the highest-quality vegetarian and vegan Scottish dishes.
Traditional Irish stew
Courtesy Dromoland Castle
In County Clare, Ireland, Dromoland Castle is known for its fine cuisine. Chef David McCann even makes a vegetarian version of traditional Irish stew. His creation comes chock-full of hearty produce like Rooster potatoes, leeks, onions, carrots, and pearl barley prepared in a vegetable stock. Read about 8 nutrients you may be missing if you’re vegetarian or vegan.
Courtesy Manta at The Cape
Spend one evening at Manta—the Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant at the Cape, a Thompson Hotel, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico—and you will be hooked on this black bean–infused ramen bowl. Chef Enrique Olvera’s take on it features mushrooms, epazote, beans, and pasilla mixe chili. The spices combined with the earthy and herbal notes give this vegetarian ramen a strong kick of flavor.
Courtesy The Westin Lima
Peruvian cuisine is all the rage these days, but if you are vegetarian you may miss out on some of its famous dishes while traveling in Peru. Not so if you dine at Maras, a foodie haven at the Westin Lima Hotel and Convention Center, where the vegan ceviche is served with artichoke, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes all marinated in the famous “milk of the tiger” (otherwise known as ceviche sauce). The sauce includes cilantro, lime, ginger, onion, and yellow pepper sauce. Check out why Peru is on the list of top South American destinations.