Last night I had my very first Thanksgiving dinner, and a “green” one at that! Being a non-American and a vegetarian, I’ve never been tempted by a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but it was different this year thanks to the vegan Thanksgiving dinner co-organized by Greening the Beige and Vegan Hut. This “Feast for Climate Peace” featured tofurkey, organic pumpkin pie, soy ice-cream, amongst other delicious fares. There were also speakers from Oxfam, 350.org, World Health Store, and EU-ASEAN Social Club at the dinner giving talks on subjects such as raw food diet, climate change, and social activism. The dinner started at 7pm and by 7.30pm Vegan Hut was packed and buzzing with an air of celebration.
I liked everything from the dinner buffet, especially the cumin mutton chuan (grilled mutton pieces with cumin on a stick), the turkey stuffing, and the pumpkin pie. Unfortunately the long-awaited tofurkey was a tad disappointing without the traditional cranberry sauce to go with it. Or maybe my expectations were too high, after all, I love the Peking Duck from another vegetarian joint which has perfectly roasted crispy skin on the outside and soft, tender “flesh” on the inside.
As a non-vegetarian (so far), my partner enjoyed the dinner despite its zero meat and dairy content. Unfortunately he wasn’t fast enough to get his hands on the ice-cream because he waited until he finished everything else (not a smart move), so he was a bit bombed out about it. I, on the hand, grabbed myself some of that good stuff as soon as it was put out on the buffet table. Come to think of it, I probably had the ice-cream with my mutton chuan. Oh well. It still tasted great though.
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