Taste Tibet is proud to serve a wide range of vegan dishes at our weekly stall in Oxford's Gloucester Green market. All our vegetarian food is naturally vegan, bringing weekly joy to our many vegan customers, including Keble student @nico.lettuce, who captured the moment she opened up this tasty box of vegan momo dumplings and vegan curry, delivered to her by a fellow student during a recent essay crisis.
In fact, both meat and dairy play a big role in Tibetan culinary life. Contrary to the widely-held belief, a lot of Tibetan people do eat meat. The high altitude of the plateau does not lend itself to rich vegetation. The result is that Tibetan people become dependent upon both meat and dairy for basic survival. Yaks provide Tibetan people with their milk, and yak milk products including butter, yoghurt, and hard cheese, feature large in the Tibetan diet. Yak meat can be preserved and kept for months, if not years.
Here in the UK, where yaks find it hard to thrive in damp weather conditions, we make do without, and since there is no substitute for the unique flavour of yak butter, we exclude dairy completely from both our meat and vegetable dishes.
Our vegan momos are made with spinach, sweetheart cabbage, and Chinese chives. The chives are home-grown! Our vegan curry is made with chickpea and spinach. Most weeks we offer an additional vegan dish in case our customers want to mix and match. Tomorrow's special is Tibetan tofu with pak choi. Don't miss it! Gloucester Green market, December 14th: 9am-4pm.