Best vegan street food in Vancouver

Hip pie

Aussie Pie Guy’s vegan and gluten-free option made our top 10 list. (Stephen Hui)

Since city hall opened the floodgates in 2010, the street-food scene in Vancouver has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, there are more than 130 food trucks and carts selling everything from bibimbap to waffles.

Two of Vancouver’s food trucks are fully vegan. As well, a number of other vendors serve delicious vegan-friendly eats (free of meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and honey) alongside omnivore and vegetarian offerings.

Here’s the Veg Coast list of the top 10 vegan options from food trucks in Vancouver. Five of these flavorsome items are gluten-free too. Continue reading

10 things for vegans to do in Vancouver

Loving Hut Express

Grilled mushroom cheese burger at Loving Hut Express. (Stephen Hui)

Are you planning a vegan trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada? If not, perhaps you’re a local resident looking to discover more of the vegan food and activities in your own Pacific Northwest city.

Either way, the Vancouver area offers plenty of possibilities for vegans—locals and tourists alike. Here’s the Veg Coast list of 10 things for vegans to do in Vancouver. Continue reading

Eat this, vegans: Ital roti at the Reef Runner in Vancouver

Vegan roti

The ital roti is best eaten with a view of Coal Harbour. (Stephen Hui)

One of the best lunches I’ve had this summer came from the Reef Runner in Vancouver. An offshoot of the Reef restaurants, this food truck dishes out Caribbean cuisine.

Admittedly, it took a few tries to get my hands on the ital roti ($8). The elusive vegan option was crossed off the menu on my first two visits. Nevertheless, I returned a third time, and my taste buds were very happy.

The Trinidadian-style wrap features a curry stew of carrot, chickpeas, potato, spinach, yam, and coconut milk wrapped inside a white-flour roti skin. With its creamy filling and chewy flatbread, plus a great hot sauce, the ital roti was pretty much the perfect meal. Continue reading

Loving Hut Express veganizes Philly cheesesteak in Vancouver

Philly's Dream

Vegan dreams do come true. (Stephen Hui)

If you like Loving Hut Express as much as I do, then you’ve probably devoured their Crispy Chick’n, bacon cheese, and grilled mushroom cheese burgers on many occasions. But have you tried their vegan version of the Philadelphia cheesesteak?

Philly’s Dream ($9) is a newer addition to the menu of the first vegan food cart in Vancouver. This juicy sandwich features grilled marinated beefless strips, mushrooms, onions, cheese sauce, tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a submarine-style wheat bun. Holy shiitake, it’s that good. Continue reading

Gypsy Trunk vegan food cart starts up in Langley

Gypsy Trunk

You’ll find the Gypsy Trunk at festivals around the Lower Mainland. (Gypsy Trunk on Facebook)

While Culver City Salads and Loving Hut Express are taking care of vegan street foodies in Vancouver, another vegan food cart has begun serving customers in municipalities to the east. The Gypsy Trunk opened on July 28 at the We Heart Langley festival.

Owned by Langley entrepreneur Jen Hiltz, the Gypsy Trunk cooks up two kinds of burritos. The Italian sausage and brown rice burrito is made with Field Roast, and the black bean and brown rice burrito is gluten-free. Both burritos are soy-free and include pico de gallo, guacamole, and Daiya mozzarella cheese on a brown rice tortilla. Snacks and drinks are also on offer, with soy milk and coconut sugar available for coffee and tea. Continue reading

Aussie Pie Guy food truck bakes a hip vegan and gluten-free option

Hip pie from Aussie Pie Guy

The Hip pie is filled with lentil curry. (Stephen Hui)

My favourite food cart in Portland is Whiffies Fried Pies. It serves up a variety of deep-fried pie pockets, with vegan options that include tofu pot pie and mixed berry. Mmm.

Finally, a food truck has brought hand pies to the streets of Vancouver. Aussie Pie Guy (Hamilton Street and West Georgia Street) opened in June.

One of the truck’s Australian-style pies is both vegan and gluten-free. The Hip pie ($8)—hardy har har—features lentil curry with cauliflower and tomato inside a crust made from rice, tapioca, and quinoa flour. Continue reading

Culver City Salads plants vegan food truck in downtown Vancouver

Grain-free salad

The grain-free salad comes in compostable packaging. (Stephen Hui)

If you like salad, you’ll love Culver City Salads. Vancouver’s newest vegan food truck gives you the chance to make friends with three entrée salads and four dressings.

Culver City Salads’ green truck opened on June 27. It hangs out at Hamilton Street and West Georgia Street, as part of the new food-cart pod outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in the downtown core. Continue reading

Eat this, vegans: Mixed veg sabji at Soho Road Naan Kebab

Mixed veg sabji

The mixed veg sabji is a satisfying wrap. (Stephen Hui)

Everybody loves naan, right? Seriously, I’d eat every meal with this Indian flatbread if I could.

A recent visit to Soho Road Naan Kebab took care of one lunch. The Vancouver food cart serves naan wraps, including a delicious mixed veg sabji ($6 for small, $10 for large).

Although this item is vegetarian by default, it can be made vegan for a surcharge ($1 for small, $2 for large). I was told the only difference between the vegan and vegetarian versions is the naan. The chef even offered to change his gloves (previously used for chicken and lamb wraps) while making my order. Continue reading