Right now, I'm trying to pull together a few vegetarian dishes and wondering how flexible one must be when they don't eat meat and live or travel in Southeast Asia. Do vegetarians eat food knowing there may be shrimp paste or fish sauce in an otherwise meat-free meal? Or do they avoid this sort of thing entirely?
Because not eating fish sauce and shrimp paste is sort of like swearing off olive oil in the Mediterranean and trying to get fed. It must be difficult.
(I know everybody is different. So consider this a survey of sorts. Write what you like. I am interested.)