Thai people love 7-Eleven and in most big cities you will see them at numerous locations. When we lived in Bangkok we had around ten of them within a 10-minute walk of our condo. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like there is much there for vegans and vegetarians except for the usual things such as bananas, packets of nuts and similar items. But if you spend some time looking you can find a surprising number of products that are suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
You won’t find all of these products in every 7-Eleven, but I’ve found them in most stores in Bangkok and Hua Hin. All stores will likely have at least a few of these though. The following is a list of the main products that I’ve found. There are also many other products that I haven’t mentioned because it should be obvious that they are suitable for vegan and vegetarians. These include fruit, nuts, chips, seaweed snacks, cakes (vegetarian only), rice, soy milk and much more.
Vegetarian Jumbo Big Pao
The Vegetarian Jumbo Big Pao is one of my favorites if I need a quick snack. It’s not the healthiest food, but it’s cheap, quick and easy. Pao is Chinese for bun, hence the name. This costs just 27 baht ($0.85). It can be heated in the microwave at the store so that you can eat right away. I’ve read the ingredients list (in Thai) and it appears to be suitable for vegans, although I’m not 100% certain.
Vegan Chicken Kaprow (Frozen)
This is a vegan version of the popular Chicken Kaprow. You’ll find it in the freezer section. It has a green lid so is easy to spot amongst the other frozen products. Note that it has the yellow vegan symbol (looks like a number 17), so you can be sure it’s suitable for vegans. Not all vegan products have the symbol, but many do. This costs just 30 baht (under $1). I haven’t seen this in any stores for the last couple of weeks so it’s possible it might have been discontinued.
Vegan Chinese Vegetable Stew (Frozen)
I’ve only had this vegan soup once and found it to be a little bland, but if paired with the vegan Chicken Kaprow above it makes for a more filling meal. This is also in the freezer section and costs 29 baht (under $1).
Vegetarian Moroheiya Noodles With Chilli Sauce (Frozen)
While this isn’t marked as vegan, I didn’t see anything on the ingredients list to suggest that it’s not. I’m not 100% sure though, so you’ll need to check for yourself if you’re following a vegan diet. I’ve never tried this so don’t know what it’s like. This can also be found in the freezer section. It costs 55 baht ($1.75), so quite reasonably priced.
Vegan Soy Protein With Holy Basil & Vegan Gluten Ball Curry (Tinned)
I tasted these many years ago and wasn’t too impressed, but it might be worth trying if you can’t find anything else. This is the first time I’ve seen them at 7-Eleven though. It’s on the shelf with other dry goods. I don’t think this can be heated in the store so you might have to take it home to eat. Cost is around 30 baht each (under $1).