Low budget travelling as a vegan asks for some preparation and time, but it is totally worth the trouble of course.
Leaving my kitchen-laboratory in Belgium was rather difficult, since I was afraid that cooking on the road would be impossible. Yet, I soon adopted kitchens around the country as if it were my own.
I carried some basics with me at all times and therefore baptised my green linen bag to mobile kitchen. The bag contains cutlery, two big food containers, spices and dry foods like nuts, seeds, pasta, buckwheat and oatmeal.
Before hitting the road I filled up these containers with freshly cooked vegetable- and fruit bombs; and my little magic box of dried spices has never let me down of transforming simple emergency dishes into delicious taste explosions.
The breakfast container mostly contained overnight oats with hot water, squashed banana, fresh apple, cinnamon, ginger, nuts, etc… depending on the offer in the supermarket you are free to create tons of variations without any limitations of not being at home. I truly love this gorgeous and nutritious meal that is super easy to prepare and to be found in about every food shop around the globe.
The other container served for lunch and dinner, with one-dish delights like pasta or rice with vegetables and spices. I preferred to eat it cold, repulsing faces of my neighbours included. For Russians it is about the most disgusting thing you can do and they have tried to oblige me several to times to heat it up. I ain't killing my nutrients with microwaves, hell no!
Both of the food containers are big enough to contain two meals at once. I ate half of my breakfast/lunch one day and the other half the day after.
Making instant noodles is the biggest fashion in the eating-culture on the tracks. Since I am not so keen on welcoming this plastic “food” into my body - but still like to blend in - I have found another healthier variant.
In about every supermarket you will find seaweed salads with different kind of spices. They are absolutely delicious and full of Omega 3. Be cautious to always look at the picture on the label, because sometimes there is fish inside. You can buy pure quality Asian noodles almost everywhere and cook them for a couple of minutes in the hot water that is provided in every wagon. When the noodles are ready, drain the water, add the sea weed, spices to taste and enjoy!
Next to the prepared dishes it is handy to have other snacks with you as well. As soon as the train departs, everyone will put on his pyjamas and starts eating for the rest of the journey. Stocking up on fruits, bread, Ikra* and fresh vegetables are therefore not a bad idea.
Also, you will be wanting to avoid to run out of food before you arrive at your destination, because in the restaurant the vegetarian options are limited, expensive and doubtfully vegan.
These tips can help you to make every short- and long-term train ride a real feast. The Transsiberian train has been the perfect way for me to charge my batteries on the road.
There is nothing better than lying in bed all day surrounded with good food. On the train, every day is Sunday.
* Ikra means literally fish-eggs, but as a matter of fact it's a local vegetable spread mainly made out of marrow squash. It's super cheap, delicious and healthy!