||Vegetarian food for Tiki Nite?
Joined: Jan 04, 2004
|Posted: 2004-01-11 12:15 am  Permalink|
Im really new to the whole tiki thing. I got the drinks all set, but what about the proper dishes? More than half of my friends are vegetarians or near-vegetarians.
Joined: Oct 14, 2002
From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
|Posted: 2004-01-11 12:43 am  Permalink|
Our very own tikifish has developed a smashing vegetarian luau... http://www.tikifish.com/tikirecipes.html
Joined: Jan 04, 2004
|Posted: 2004-01-11 01:08 am  Permalink|
You guys are really great! Less than an hour and my question answered. Bravo
Joined: Jun 01, 2002
From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
|Posted: 2004-01-11 01:13 am  Permalink|
I serve my guest fish. Do they eat fish? I usually put some Hawaiian seasoning on the fish (Salmon or Mahi Mahi) and wrap'em with a banana leaf and throw it on da grill. The leaf steams da fish. You can use wat eva fo' da seaonings but try wrap'em in a banana leaf. Just tear off da banana leaf from da tree, then wrap da fish and tie it with rope or wire to hold in da steam.
If you go to your local Asian food store they might have da Ono seasoning? Unless you have a Hawaiian food place.
I love the ONO seasoning with garlic pepper on grilled steak, AUUUWWWWWEEEEEE ONO!!
Joined: Oct 01, 2002
|Posted: 2004-01-11 03:53 am  Permalink|
when you're trying to figure out what to serve a vegie - vegetarians usually don't eat anything "with a mother" or that "has eyes to look at you." and fishys are very much live animals.
these days, there are so many great meat substitutes, it's not that hard to just substitute any recipe you have with 'meatless' meats.
i personally think veat is the best commercial product on the market for most applications. - good to cook up and use in lieu of shredded pork, etc. (use the veat "bites" as opposed to the "nugget" variety). You'll find it in the frozen section - occasionally i have seen it trader joes and some regular markets. otherwise try your local health food store.
also don't forget to use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock!!!!! that's a big no no.
unless they are hardcore vegans - a little dairy in the mix probably will be tolerated, but think twice before you use eggs.
in the case where it's being mixed in something for texture - you can use silken tofu. if you need eggs for coagulation - use potato starch.
You'd be surprised what you can find at your local health food store.
we've thrown a few cocktail parties now with tastey vegetarian canapes and nibbles and many meat-eater friends didn't even know they were eating vegie - so it can be done.
good luck. what a wonderful host you must be to be so considerate - on behalf of your vegie friends i thank you.
Joined: Jan 06, 2003
From: mora tora mora
|Posted: 2004-01-11 12:16 pm  Permalink|
Veat is great - we've also become very fond of Seitan, which seems to be in the same family...
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Joined: May 14, 2002
|Posted: 2004-01-11 1:06 pm  Permalink|
Quorn (now its legal in the US)is my fravorite for replacing meat when cooking for veggies, but i do have a friend that makes a respectable vegan Spam.
Joined: Oct 01, 2002
|Posted: 2004-01-11 5:01 pm  Permalink|
Quorn is great stuff - so is seitan...
I find i'll use different things for different purposes. veat is great shredded for a chinese chicken salad. whereas quorn makes a great veal parmesan.
is there someplace online that talks about (non-vegie) luau food? can't remember if it's been here on t.c. or not?
[ This Message was edited by: Futura Girl on 2004-01-11 17:02 ]
Joined: Sep 01, 2002
From: next stop Hulaville!
|Posted: 2004-01-11 5:53 pm  Permalink|
Is this it Futura Girl, this Low Carb Luau link is from a post by Tikifish? Yummy Stuff! http://hometown.aol.com/Terranova0/recipe1.index.html
Joined: Oct 01, 2002
|Posted: 2004-01-11 11:42 pm  Permalink|
thanks dt, that's a good site with lots of links to other luau sies/recipes
Joined: Feb 10, 2005
From: SD, CA
|Posted: 2005-08-02 6:05 pm  Permalink|
I was looking for information on this same topic, so I thought I resurrect an old thread...
I received a book as a present a few years ago called "Party Food for Vegetarians". The book has a very few seafood recipes (nice, since the only meat I do eat is seafood), but is mostly vegan or vegetarian. And I think it's one of the best veggie "party food" books out there - everything from cocktail bites, appetizers, to full course meals. In it there are lots of tiki-esque foods that work really well with mai-tais, zombies, and the like. I'd recommend buying it if you can get your hands on it for entertaining those that don't eat animals - or like me, that only eat finfish/shellfish when consuming things that have eyes (although potatoes have eyes, don't they?).
A few tiki-compatible samplings include:
-Banana, coconut & lime muffins
-Thai tuna and mango salad
-Turmeric potatoes with lemon & coconut
-Broiled stuffed peaches
-Broiled tofu & mango skewers
Link to Amazon
There are some more hearty and substantial dishes in there, but these are some of my favorites.
I'd be happy to post these recipes for anyone interested, but recommend buying the book. Good food for veggies and non-veggies alike.
I've hesitated buying the "Taboo Table" to go with my other Berry books only because I fear it's loaded with red meat and poulty recipes. Can anyone tell me definitively if it's worth buying for seafood/veggie/drink recipes alone?
[ Edited by: Humuhumu - Fixed overly long link - 2005-08-02 18:06 ]
Joined: Jul 23, 2003
|Posted: 2005-08-02 7:25 pm  Permalink|
3 pepper, pineapple and pistachio fried rice.
It's as easy and delicious as it sounds.
Use a bit of sesame oil.
One of your peppers should have some heat.
Also I've posted a recipe for Island Slaw (bad name - good flavor) over on the TIki Food and Drinks forum, where this thread should be.
I enjoy lots of vegetarian and vegan food and cook it often even for those cranky carnivores who never seem to miss meat when the time comes to eat.
Then again, there isn't a dish any better than Sabu's Coconut Chicken, also in the Food and Drinks forum. Whoa.
Joined: Jul 13, 2006
From: North Carolina
|Posted: 2007-04-19 7:40 pm  Permalink|
wow, those look like some really good dishes. I'm going to have to try some out.
This is perfect too, as I'm trying to figure out foods for feeding my vegetarian friends out my wedding reception/luau this summer.
Joined: Jan 19, 2007
|Posted: 2007-04-20 10:55 pm  Permalink|
nice, i'll definitely be trying the tropical quesadillas this weekend and bringing them to a murder mystery luau. thanks!
Joined: Jun 06, 2003
|Posted: 2007-04-20 11:25 pm  Permalink|
Who is this Tikifish?
Shouldn't her name be Tikivege?