Being a vegetarian in Vietnam can seem quite difficult as most everyday dishes sold on the street or made at home contain at least one animal-related ingredient: this is part of Vietnamese tradition. For example, tofu noodles can be vegetarian, but the broth in the bowl is simmered from bones and pork. In many restaurants, they also cook vegetables with meat or fish/shrimp, as Vietnamese believe that a mixture of meat/seafood, bones and vegetables can bring out the best flavor in a meal. Some exceptions are desserts such as sweet soup/pudding (che), cakes, vermicelli and fried sesame rice/sticky rice (com / xoi muoi phuong). However, sweet dishes cannot help you stop hunger, while vermicelli and rice / sticky rice cannot provide the necessary nutrition for the body. So what is the solution to this problem? Does it mean that vegetarians cannot survive in Vietnam without cooking for themselves? And vegetarians from other countries can’t come to Vietnam for tourism?
The answer is no.
Vegetarianism in Vietnam is more and more popular than in Vietnam. Nowadays, you can easily find vegetarian and vegan restaurants in big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Hue and Hoi An. There are many styles of vegetarian cooking for you to choose from: ultimate vegan (no animal elements), Buddhist vegetarian (still using milk, honey, anything that doesn’t kill organisms) raw) and vegetarian with eggs.
If you still eat eggs with your meal, you can choose some Indian restaurants with many high quality food. For example in Hanoi: Dakshin (94 Hang Trong), Khazaana (1C Tong Dan), Tam me (80 Ma May).
The Loving Hut restaurant chain is the best choice for vegans and Buddhists, as all their owners and employees are vegans, never using any related products. to animals. There are many Loving Hut restaurants in Hanoi for you to choose from: Vegetarian World (4/192 Quan Thanh), Ha Thanh (116/166 Kim Ma), Au Lac (318 Neighborhood), An Lac (February 8). /40 Ta Quang Buu – Bach Khoa area), Thien Phuc (18/71 Nguyen Hong Str.), Etc
Ho Chi Minh City is also a notable location for vegetarian restaurants, as many people consume vegan food on the 4th, 5th and 7th days of the lunar month. Some of Loving Hut’s members can easily be named: Hoa Dang (38 Huynh Khuong Ninh), Au Lac (60 Tan Vinh, Ward 6, District 4), Bo De (36B 2, Ward 15, Dist. .11), Long Hoa (69 Thich Quang Duc Str.).
In each province such as Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Gia Lai, there is at least one Loving Hut restaurant. Moreover, the price is very reasonable except for special dishes because vegetables in Vietnam are quite cheap. However, coming to Loving Hut, diners will be impressed by the way they name the dishes. To avoid involving animals, owners have created novel names for their products.
For example, beef salad is called “Love hill”, seafood spring rolls are now called “Ocean of love”, fried spring rolls are newly named “joy of the day”. Similarly, “Melody of Heaven” is the name of fried chicken, Chinese roast duck turned into “Truthfulness and beauty”, BBQ sauce chicken drumstick is now called “Peaceful moment”. And there are many great dishes waiting for you to try.
So, vegetarians, if you have the opportunity to come to Vietnam, just go to Loving Hut, Dakshin, Au Lac, or any other vegetarian restaurant, you will be more impressed.