Thai Vegan, as the name suggests, is a restaurant where the owners say they are creating flavorful Asian dishes devoid of meat and animal products.
Chef Keskarn Tongrian and her husband, Subin Philuk, opened the eatery last November at 15614 Huebner Road, Suite 113, in the Shops at Churchill Estates.
“It’s pretty much trying to get away from all the meat products,” said Yupin Keojorhor, the sous-chef. “So we’re just trying to get it a little bit healthier and have more selections.”
Tongrian and Philuk are both from Thailand and came to San Antonio in 2006 and 2004, respectively. They’ve worked in restaurants for years and are both vegans.
Keojorhor, a family friend, has been cooking professionally for seven years and came to help Tongrian. Also a native of Thailand, she at first thought it would be hard getting used to this different style of cooking.
“Everything just came together, and it actually changed my mind about certain things,” Keojorhor said. “When you order the food, when she (Tongrian) makes it, the smell is so good.”
The menu is full of Thai favorites, and many more different dishes, according to Keojorhor.
There’s plenty of curry, stir-fried noodles and rice, but also burgers and wraps.
Popular dishes include pad thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish with green onions, bean sprouts and a sauce that replaces the traditional fish sauce.
“She actually gets the ingredients together and it’s like, ‘wow’ — you didn’t expect that. You’re like, ‘It does have to have fish sauce,’ but it doesn’t have to have it,” said Keojorhor.
Meat substitutes are used, including tofu and lentils.
Gluten-free options are also available, and none of the dishes contain MSG, the staff said.
Recently added to the menu are sweet-chili “chicken drumettes,” made out of soy.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. It’s closed Tuesday.