The Vegan 100 – 100 Things You Should Try

Many of you have probably already seen The Vegan’s Hundred list.  There are other ”Hundred” food memes circulating round the blogosphere (The Omnivore’s Hundred, which started the trend; and The Vegetarian’s Hundred).  Generally these a little bit of fluff we bloggers can use a way of introducing ourselves.  Jane and I don't usually bother with them (do you really care what movies we've seen recently, this is a vegan blog after all).  But I really like this list because it can inspire all of us to try new things.

Here's the basic premise:

1) Copy this list into your own blog, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you've eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Post a comment here once you've finished and link your post back to this one.
5) Pass it on!

1. Natto (ironically, we just tried this)
2. Green Smoothie (VeganMomma has inspired me, but I'm still a little nervous)
3. Tofu Scramble (not just for breakfast)
4. Haggis (vegan haggis?  Huh?)
5. Mangosteen (I've never even heard of this)
6. Creme brulee (oh Jane, can you find a vegan version of this?)
7. Fondue (aahhh the 70s.  I have fond memories of my parents having fondue parties)
8. Marmite/Vegemite (once was enough!)
9. Borscht (this might be the way we get over our beet phobia)
10. Baba ghanoush - (Yum!)
11. Nachos
12. Authentic soba noodles
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Taco from a street cart
16. Boba Tea - (two things to look out for here - milk and honey, if you don't eat it.  Often the tea is prepared with milk, and the tapioca "pearls" can be either soaked in sugar or honey... so make sure to ask, or read the label.)
17. Black truffle - (I have the oil, does that count?)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Gyoza - (can't get enough dumplings)
20. Vanilla ice cream (Not as good as the vegan chocolate ice cream)
21. Heirloom tomatoes (from our garden)
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Ceviche (I didn't know this could be veganized...)
24. Rice and beans
25. Knish (often made with butter, milk, eggs... so ASK)
26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper (hot, hot, hot)
27. Dulce de leche (vegan?)
28. Caviar (I've eaten caviar in my pre-vegan days, but never a vegan version)
29. Baklava
30. Pate (the goose will thank you)
31. Wasabi peas (I don't understand the appeal)
32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl (and you don't have to do the dishes!)
33. Mango lassi - (make sure it's vegan... this is traditionally made with milk and yogurt)
34. Sauerkraut (IMO there are much better uses for cabbage)
35. Root beer float (funny, we were just wondering if vegan vanilla ice cream would make the float bubble like it does with cow's milk.)
36. Mulled cider
37. Scones with buttery spread and jam (Jane makes a mean scone)
38. Vodka jelly (oooh, sign me up!)
39. Gumbo
40. Fast food french fries (sorry to say, I have)
41. Raw Brownies (sorry to say I have... at Leaf, they were horrible)
42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans (haven't seen these anywhere)
43. Dahl (gotta love that Indian cuisine)
44. Homemade Soymilk (homemade almond milk is better)
45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (it was even better because work paid for it!)
46. Stroopwafle (I don't even know what this is)
47. Samosas
48. Vegetable Sushi (one day, when I don't remember how much I loved traditional sushi)
49. Glazed doughnut
50. Seaweed
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (well, the paste, not the plum balls themselves)
53. Tofurkey
54. Sheese
55. Cotton candy (not since I was a small child, but I'm assuming it was vegan)
56. Gnocchi (I love gnocchi )
57. Piña colada
58. Birch beer
59. Scrapple
60. Carob chips (don't let anyone fool you, this is not a chocolate replacement.  Just stick with the semisweet or dark stuff)
61. S'mores
62. Soy curls
63. Chickpea cutlets (yum!)
64. Curry
65. Durian (bizarre)
66. Homemade Sausages
67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake
68. Smoked tofu
69. Fried plantain
70. Mochi
71. Gazpacho
72. Warm chocolate chip cookies (every time I'm around and Jane makes them)
73. Absinthe
74. Corn on the cob
75. Whipped cream, straight from the can (I keep meaning to slip it in the cart when we're at Whole Foods)
76. Pomegranate (Jane actually likes to open the fruit and eat the kernels individually)
77. Fauxstess Cupcake (we have the cookbook, I know Jane's got a post it on the page...)
78. Mashed potatoes with gravy
79. Jerky (I tried the cactus jerky)
80. Croissants (Jane made a croissant with the leftover dough from the Vegan Danish)
81. French onion soup
82. Savory crepes
83. Tings (I don't think Jane's moving away from SnapPea Crisps)
84. A meal at Candle 79 (Of course, you should never say never)
85. Moussaka (mock, made with eggplant)
86. Sprouted grains or seeds (not quite my cup of tea)
87. Macaroni and "cheese"
88. Flowers (Jane grows nasturtium and adds that to our salads)
89. Matzoh ball soup (it was more like Matzoh mush)
90. White chocolate (I don't understand the appeal)
91. Seitan (Shojin makes the best Seitan)
92. Kimchi (I had a boss who loved the stuff)
93. Butterscotch chips
94. Yellow watermelon (one day, but I really love red watermelon)
95. Chili with chocolate
96. Bagel and Tofutti (get the Tofutti in the yellow container... No trans fats)
97. Potato milk (huh?)
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (we don't drink coffee)
100. Raw cookie dough (you've got to lick the beaters)

So I've tried 69 of the 97 I would try on this list...  That puts me at 71%.  Looks like I need to get a move on!

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Comments

  1. Whoa, some of that stuff is just weird. And I didn’t even know there were vegan churros, or perhaps that’s another one of those make-it-yourself things. But soy ice “cream” makes a very fine root beer float, complete with all the bubbles. (I served these at church refreshments just last Sunday).

  2. Vegan scrapple? Really? It’s normally made with pork…

  3. As it happens, the English version of my vegetarian/vegan recipe site that went online today has a recipe for vegan bortsch – one of my favorite foods. Beets are great! Don’t fear them.

    Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World has Vegan “Dulce sin leche”. Pretty good, uses brown rice syrup for the caramel flavour. Brown rice syrup and barley malt extract are great for creating caramel flavours. I add the latter to almost all sweet baked goods I make.

    I’ve eaten vegan caviar, too. It’s very much like the real thing.

    Stroopwaffle is a Dutch syrupy cookie-like thing, sickeningly sweet. Didn’t know there was a vegan version.

    I only scored 43, even though I tend to eat loads of crazy foods most of my friends have never even heard of. Though you can’t get many of those things vegan here (or things like Tofurkey – I’ve eaten Bryanna Clark Grogan’s tofu seitan turkey though), and I don’t drink alcohol or coffee. Vegan sushi, natto, mangosteen and mochi are on my to-try list.

    I think everyone should listen Susan of Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen and try out gochujang. It’s great. I think wild vegetables should also be on the list and perhaps tempeh (I don’t like it all that much, but everyone should try it).

  4. Amy – have you ever watched Ace of Cakes on the Food Network? They did a scrapple contest on one episode – the vegan baker cooked his own version and put it against the regular one. Apparently it wasn’t bad, but of course the standard version won out.
    Wow, I though I didn’t think I had consumed even 10 of these until I started counting – 40! Granted, I’m only veg so some of the ones I’ve consumed had egg or cheese, but I still think it’s pretty good. I just tried baklava for the first time, ironically, today, and I just had curry for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I know, I need to get out more…

  5. Hi Sue,
    Yes, some of that stuff is weird… Vegan Haggis?
    But thanks for the info on the vegan rootbeer floats. I’m sure they’re in our immediate future!

    Hi Amy,
    We had that reaction to a few of the items. But hey, I’ve had vegan “pepperoni” – so all things are possible.

    Hi Maija
    Congrats! Jane suggested that instead of the borscht, we ease in with your beetroot hummus. We were all set to go, only to find NO beets at the farmers market today. Oy!
    And thanks for the clarification on some of the items. Yes, I think there should be a few other things on the list, and I think dinner at any particular restaurant is unfair to include. But it’s certainly a fun exercise, and might get us to try some new things.

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for the info on the scrapple episode. How fun. We’ve never watched the show because we figured it had nothing for us… but perhaps we’ll tune in once in awhile.
    As for getting out more, you could always stay in with a new cookbook too ;)

  6. You can get Fresh Garbanzos at Whole Foods. Or at least…the one here sells them.

  7. Hi Lizz,
    Hmm… I haven’t seen them at my WF. I’ll have to check next time I visit.

  8. Hey, I put the Vegan 100 on my site, Skimbleshanks, The Railway Cat, at frederickfuller.com. Find it under Food, category Infringo in Victus. I enjoyed doing it. Thanks

  9. I could live off of wasabi peas, yessiree. Scrapple, though? No, I will say never on this one. Same for the caviar and haggis (I’ve never had the non-vegan version of these and I don’t care to, ever). I love borscht and it is one of the highlights of visiting my family (I make sure my grandmother substitutes vegetable stock for meat stock). Homemade kimchi is the best (also courtesy of my grandmother), but I once bought some locally made (Minnesota) kimchi and that was pretty darn good too. Being Korean, this is a staple for me (along with white rice, terrible! I know).

    But of all, there is nothing quite like some homemade mandu (Korean dumplings). I make them fairly regularly and they are the best thing for snacks (lots of tofu and veggies make it healthy too! pan-frying, not so much).

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