Monday, 23 April 2012

100 Foods To Eat Before You Die (vegan friendly)

Lists are fun. Read (or watch) High Fidelity. I’m 124 films into the 1001 movies to watch before you die. Lists are fun because we can tick things off and scribble things out. Last week I filled out ‘The Food List Challenge’ on Facebook, and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of vegan, or potentially vegan foods on there. Still, I felt we could easily compile a list with the title ‘100 Vegan Foods to Eat Before You Die.’ This title, however, would be somewhat misleading as a lot of the foods I list here just happen to vegan; this isn’t a list of terrible cheese substitutes.

The first 45 are taken from the original 100; they are the already vegan and the potentially vegan. I am certain that some will disagree with my decision to include vegan caviar, but what I have tried to keep in mind is the experience. If I was eating my seaweed caviar on toast-points accompanied with some champagne and dressed in a dinner-jacket, then does it really matter that it’s not fish-eggs? This philosophy led me to include some other foods such as English chips from the paper and birthday cake. Of course the experience isn’t everything. Not everybody is going to be able to take a quick trip to Murray’s Bagels, NY. But I kept it in mind.

Also, I must confess that I haven’t eaten everything on this list. I’ve never even had tempeh, but it pops up on lots of other foodie lists. Besides, I bet not many of you have ever sampled sufu (aka ‘chinese cheese’) - truly a unique experience.

All of the vegan alternative recipes are easy to find online.

1. Absinthe
2. Baba Ghanoush
3. Baklava
4. Bellini
5. Biscuits & Gravy
6. Black Truffle
7. Borscht
8. Caviar -
9. Cheese Fondue
10. Chicken Tikka Masala
11. Chile Relleno
12. Churros
13. Clam Chowder (Isa Chandra Mosckowitz has a recipe for a delicious Glam Chowder in her book ‘Appetite for Reduction’)
14. Cognac
15. Dandelion Wine
16. Dulce De Leche
17. Durian
18. Fresh Spring Rolls
19. Fried Green Tomatoes
20. Fried Plantain
21. Frito Pie
22. Funnel Cake
23. Gazpacho
24. Goulash
25. Gumbo
26. Heirloom Tomatoes
27. Honeycomb (easily made with golden syrup)
28. Key Lime Pie
29. Lassi
30. Mimosa
31. Morel Mushrooms
32. Nettle Tea
33. Paella
34. Phaal
35. Pho
36. Pistachio Ice Cream
37. Polenta
38. Prickly Pear
39. Root Beer Float
40. Sauerkraut
41. Som Tam
42. Sweet Potato Fries
43. Umeboshi
44. Wasabi Peas
45. Zucchini Flowers
46. Quinoa
47. Tabouleh
48. Falafel
49.  Dried Mango
50. Dried Dates
51. Agave Nectar
52. Scrambled Tofu
53. Sufu
54. Guacamole from scratch
55. Physalis
56. Vegan Sushi
57. Tarka Dhal
58. Dolmades
59. Bean Chilli
60. Seitan
61. Tempeh
62. Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
63. Mojito
64. Bloody Mary
65. Miso Soup
66. Pistachios
67. Candy Floss
68. Figs
69. Refried Beans
70. Artichokes
71. Lychees
72. Chanterelle Mushrooms
73. Roast Potatoes
74. Arable Pie (Vegan Cottage Pie)
75. Canarian Potatoes with Mojo Sauce
76. Ginger Beer
77. Jelly and Ice Cream
78. Marmite
79. Vegan Chop Suey
80. Sangria
81. Deep Fried Tofu
82. NY Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese
83. Peanut Brittle
84. English chips from the paper
85. Wedding Cake
86. Christmas Cake
87. Birthday Cake
88. Pina Colada
89. Coconut Water
90. Real Ale
91. Champagne
92. Chilli Jam
93. Mai Tai
94. Hummus
95. Cornbread
96. Grits
97. Naga Chilli Sauce
98. Maple Syrup
99. Vegan Yuk Sung
100. Thai Green Curry

We are familiar with the myth that a vegan diet cannot be diverse and exciting, but this collection, which had to be cut down, shows how varied it can be. Many may point out the obvious: ‘vegans just can’t eat as many foods’ but in many cases I think the vegan is prompted to try a wider variety of dishes that are sometimes overlooked. 


  1. so yummy!!! very good list indeed, mike p!

    1. Thanks :D Have you counted how many you've had?

  2. Cheese fondu? I feel this needs some explanation =P

    And I'm afraid I only count a mere 27 that I've tried...

    1. I realise I said that this wasn't a list of vegan cheese subsitutes but the recipes for Vegan Cheese Fondue looks pretty awesome