11 Sep 2014

Accidentally Vegan Fast Food


If you're living on a tight budget and don't have much time to cook (and don't mind eating junk once in a while), it's likely that fast food plays a part in your regular diet, however large or small. For vegans, it can be difficult to find suitable fast food - but it's not impossible. Many non-vegan fast food restaurants provide 'accidentally vegan' options - that is, foods that weren't necessarily intended to be vegan, but turned out to be anyway. This list applies specifically to fast food restaurants in Australia and may not be applicable elsewhere.

Some vegans are opposed to making purchases from non-vegan companies, especially fast food chains, and that's fine. Many vegans, however, believe that it's perfectly acceptable to purchase vegan food from non-vegan companies. Doing so raises the demand of vegan products from that company, which should eventually result in them providing more and more vegan products rather than non-vegan products. 


So, if you're interested in accidentally vegan fast food in Australia - read on!

Subway


Subway has some great vegetarian options, but you'll be pleased to know that many of their vegetarian options are vegan as well. I've already written a post detailing absolutely every vegan option offered by Subway, which you can find here.


McDonald's

Surprisingly, McDonald's offer several vegan options in Australia. Here is a list of all vegan options available on their regular menu:


Drinks

  • Frozen Coke
  • Frozen Raspberry Fanta
  • Water
  • Orange Juice
  • Apple Juice
  • Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero
  • Sprite
  • Fanta
  • Long Black Espresso
  • Black Tea
  • Other coffees and teas are vegan if soy milk is requested 
Snacks/Sides
  • Fries
  • Hash browns
  • English McMuffin (I'm 99% sure these are vegan based on the ingredients listing, but I haven't called or emailed to confirm - please do so if you're unsure)
  • Garden salad
  • McDonaldland cookies (contains certified sustainable palm oil)
Dressings & Sauces
  • Sweet sesame soy dressing
  • Balsamic dressing
  • BBQ sauce
  • Ketchup sauce
  • Italian dressing
  • Sweet 'n' Sour Sauce 
  • Hotcake syrup
  • Strawberry jam
  • Vegemite

Hungry Jack's

Again, quite surprisingly, Hungry Jack's also offer a variety of vegan options, including a vegan veggie burger! Nothing is particularly healthy, but many of us aren't vegan purely for health reasons.

Drinks

  • Same soft drinks as McDonalds
  • Same juices as McDonalds
  • Coffees and teas can be requested with soy milk
Snacks/Sides
  • Fries
  • Hash browns
  • Angry onions
  • Onion rings
Burgers
  • Veggie whopper w/o cheese and w/o mayonnaise

KFC

KFC is really lacking in the vegan options department, but you can't really expect much more from a franchise named Kentucky Fried Chicken.


Drinks
  • All canned soft drinks
  • Water
  • Orange juice
  • Apple juice
Snacks/Sides
  • Dinner Roll

Oporto

Drinks
  • Same soft drinks as McDonald's
  • Same juices as McDonalds
  • Coffees and teas can be requested with soy milk
Snacks/Sides
  • Hash browns
  • Garden side salad
  • Chips
  • Chili sauce
Burgers
  • Veggie burger w/o cheese and w/o mayonnaise

That's all for now! I think it's absolutely fantastic that mainstream fast food are now offering many vegan options - such an idea would be unfathomable just twenty years ago. So, if you miss engaging in the occasional fast food binge, get down to one of the above chains and order some fries or a burger! Let's strive to get more and more vegan options in mainstream eateries. 

(If you find out that any of the options listed are not vegan, please let me know so I can remove them.)