Veganuary – Rosa’s Thai Veggie Pop-up
Veganuary – Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Soho, Central London – a Thai Veggie Pop-Up Restaurant
A cold, crisp Veganuary evening my friend Nayna and I attended the media review of Rosa’s Veggie in Dean Street, Central London . Veganuary by the way is the new and popular way of avoiding meat during the month of January. People even going one step further and eating a vegan diet during the first month of the year.
Veganuary was thought up as a way for meat and fish eaters to give their digestive systems a break and embark on a healthier start to the new year.
Just off Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s theatre district is Rosa’s Thai Cafe on Dean Street. Rosa’s is a small but bustling Thai restaurant with seating downstairs as well. For three months this year (2018) Rosa’s Thai will be a pop-up veggie Thai restaurant until the end of March. The evening Nayna and I went the restaurant was full and bustling.
The co-founder and chef Saiphin grew up in Thailand cooking veggies straight from the field to the kitchen wok. The sauces and pastes do not contain shrimp paste or fish sauce, instead a mushroom based ‘oyster’ sauce in all wok dishes.
Rosa’s Thai Veggie menu is designed to be shared with all dishes coming out as they are ready sometimes filling the table up like a Thai banquet. They recommend 2-3 dishes and one or two side dishes between two people – that is quite a lot of food!!
The Papaya Salad (Som Tam) also known as the king of Thai salads was rather hot. With two chilli pictures on the menu you can expect it to be quite hot. It was a bit too spicy for me however in spite of the heat I kept eating it!
Spring Rolls (For Pia Tod) – deep fried spring rolls filled with veggies and glass noodles served with a sweet chilli sauce. They were crunchy, piping hot and really tasty.
Sweet Corn Patties (Khao Pod Tod) are sweet corn and kaffir lime leaves in a red curry batter and served with Rosa’s own sweet chilli sauce. I found them a bit dry even with an extra portion of the delicious peanut sauce.
Nayna likes her food spicier so we agreed to have one mild 🌶 and one 🌶🌶 menu item. The Massaman Curry (Gang Massaman)was my choice and 🌶 being a fragrant mild yellow curry with spiced from the Silk Road, firm tofu, potatoes and cashew nuts. We had a side of Steamed Jasmine Rice with this.
Our 🌶🌶 item was Drunken Noodles (Pad See Mao) which was however 0% ABV – referring to being the perfect dish to eat after a big night out. Really spicy rice noodles stir fried with mixed veggies and Thai herbs.
As tempting as it was to have a dessert to finish our meal we couldn’t manage another bite.
There are alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on the menu. I tried the Thai Iced Tea (Khun Roo Man) with milk. It was a really different taste to what I was expecting but was very refreshing.
Click here to read about Nayna’s evening at Rosa’s Thai Veggie