Rika & Doni run the vegan food and travel blog Vegan Miam. They love bold, global flavors and have a passion for crafting recipes inspired by their travels. They aren’t afraid of some funk and fermentation and certainly enjoy a healthy measure of spices. Plant-based Asian food is their specialty but they are always finding inspiration in the foods they’ve sampled and loved from countries around the world.
And yeah, they love hearty, honest comfort food wherever they are.
Rika & Doni travel with the hope of finding new influences, inspirations and motivations for what they do. Every experience from travels influences them in the kitchen, so they see Vegan Miam as being very fluid. They aren’t just one thing, this isn’t just comfort food or Asian food or American food, their tastes and influences are ever-evolving and that’s something they strive for.
Their food philosophy could be summarized by a word – Fresh. Vegan Miam strives for fresh ideas using fresh ingredients, and they’re often inspired by fresh surroundings.
Running Vegan Miam is a full time project for Rika – along with developing recipes, testing cookbooks and products, editing photos and being responsible for social media and web administration she also travels in search of new inspiration, unique perspectives, lasting memories and insider vegan travel tips. When she’s not working on Vegan Miam she’s working as a creative designer/developer.
Being Taiwanese is intrinsic to who Rika is and factors into how she views and tastes food. She loves her soups brothy, appreciates her veggies and isn’t afraid of a bit of funk and fermentation. Her passion for Asian cuisine is undeniable, but through her travels she sees her palate and personality growing more than she ever imagined. She loves the scientific approach of recreating dishes sampled during her travels when she is back home in her own kitchen.
When Rika’s not in the kitchen working on a recipe or at her computer running Vegan Miam she’s likely reading a Scandinavian crime novel, watching a British television series, eating vegan salted caramel or spending time with any and every animal she can find.
Rika has been a vegan since 2008. Beyond her diet, when she has a choice she chooses compassion, she chooses vegan.
Doni is the resident ’second opinion’ in the kitchen, always on hand to help craft new dishes and offer a different perspective during the development stage of recipes. Give him a knife or put him over the plancha and he’ll feel right at home, just keep him away from the mandoline!
Doni brings his passion for travel to Vegan Miam in the form of our vegan travel reports, airline & hotel reviews and vegan city guides. When he’s not looking for new vegan eats he’s often watching his beloved Liverpool FC or wandering with his camera between dusk and dawn in search of light.
Having spent a considerable bit of time in France, Sweden and Denmark during his formative years, he’s well versed on what it takes to be vegetarian in a foreign country, culture and language.
He gradually phased into a vegan diet recently after being a lacto-vegetarian for the majority of his life.
2016 – Top 50 Foodie Blogs
2016 – Listly’s Top 50 Vegan Travel Blogs
2015 – Academy of Culinary Nutrition’s Top 50 ACN-Approved Vegan Blogs
2015 – PlushBed’s The 50 Best Vegan Blogs of 2015
2014 – Berry Ripe’s Top 50 Vegan Blogs
2014 – Vegucated’s Best of the Blogs – Decadent Dining
2013 – Institute for the Psychology of Eating’s Top 100 Foodie Blogs
2013 – Skinny Scoop’s Top 25 Vegan Blogs
2012 – Institute for the Psychology of Eating’s Top 50 Vegan Blogs
2012 – Holistic Nutrition Degree’s Top 101 Leading Sites for Healthy Vegan Eating
2016 – Homemade (UK)’s Bored of courgetti already?
2016 – 14 Glorious Purple Desserts That Are Almost Too Pretty To Eat
2016 – Buzz Feed’s 19 Insanely Delicious Cookies That Also Happen To Be Vegan
2015 – PETA’s 16 Vegan Burger Recipes That’ll Blow Your Mind
2015 – SheKnows’ 24 Drool-worthy veggie burgers any meat lover would devour
2015 – Brit + Co’s 10 Places to Celebrate National Donut Day If You’re Vegan
2015 – Fitness Magazine’s Easy Freekeh Recipes You Can Make Tonight
2015 – Philly Mag’s Buh-Bye, Tofu: 10 Seitan Recipes That Blow Tofu Out Of the Water
2014 – Brit + Co’s Throw Some Tofu on the Grill With These 14 Tasty Recipes
2014 – Gram Magazine Australia’s 10 Amazing Vegan Recipes to Celebrate World Vegan Day Melbourne 2014
2014 – Heritage Hotels’ Hectors Named Number One Vegan Restaurant in Oceania by International Web Site Vegan Miam
2014 – Care2’s 10 Foods for Healthy Skin
2014 – Buzz Feed’s 15 Veganized Versions Of Your Favorite Foods
2014 – Boston Magazine’s 15 Healthy Brussels Sprouts Recipes
2014 – Stylist Magazine UK’s How to Eat Healthy: 10 Amazing Recipes to Sneak Vegetables Into Your Meals and Snacks
2014 – Buzz Feed’s 26 Recipes That Will Make You Love Tofu
2014 – Buzz Feed’s 27 Salted Caramel Desserts That Will Make Everything Better
2014 – Buzz Feed’s 26 Veggie Burgers That Will Make Meat Question Its Very Existence
2014 – Channel 01’s 23 Reasons That Vegans Are The MVPs Of Barbecues
2014 – Finding Vegan’s 31 Vegan Spring Green Recipes
2013 – Buzz Feed’s 7 Ways To Make A Better Kale Salad
Veggie Girl Power Series: Rika of Vegan Miam via Healthy. Happy. Life.
10 Questions: An Interview with Rika of Vegan Miam via Pickles & Honey
Vegan Traveler Interview: Rika from Vegan Miam via The Vegan Word
Vegan Blog Interview with Vegan Miam via Veggie Focus