Vietnam Tours 2019 – Ultimate guide for vegetarians in Hanoi

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Vietnam is famous for travelers all over the world because of plenty reasons such as beautiful nature and sceneries, friendly people, rich history and culture. What else? You cannot forget to mentioned the tasty gastronomy which is praised by almost all the traveler forums and newspaper. CNN had written a special article introducing 40 dishes that you should not miss while doing your Vietnam tour. If you are a vegan/vegetarian and feel so confused that whether you can be starving in Vietnam tours 2019, you are coming to the right place. In this article, you will have variety of options from vegetarian foods to what you should eat. Just a few steps more to our amazing culinary art!

 

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Street vendor

How to express as a vegetarian/vegan

Learning new thing in a new country can be very interesting, especially that it helps you to express your thinking to the locals, in this case, to express yourself as a vegetarian/vegan. Pretty simple! You can say that “Toi an chay” which literally means that you do not eat meat or fish and its product. And for vegans, you need to add some more details “Toi khong an trung, sua, pho mai, bo, nuoc mam” means “I do not eat egg, milk, cheese, butter, fish sauce”. You may want to burst these sentences out more when you enjoy Hanoi street food since they do not have menus like in the restaurant which indicate specific ingredients used for making the dishes.

If you are gluten-free, no worries at all. Though Vietnam is pretty a sweet country, mots of its staples—rice, rice noodles, rice cake, etc. are naturally gluten-free, so you will be okay.

Vietnamese vegetarian restaurants

The easiest way to make sure that your meal is vegetarian is going to some restaurants for vegetarian food Hanoi:

Uu Dam Chay

Address: No.34 Hang Bai Street, Hoan Kiem District.

Uu Dam caters to the small percentage of those who lives for a solely vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. The space is large, spanning over three floors nest in the cozy atmosphere with the aim is to make you feel at home and at ease as you dine. The menu includes a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes popular throughout the country and focuses on all-vegetable.

 

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Uu Dam Chay green space

Com Chay Nang Tam

Address: No. 79A Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District.

Opened since 1995, Com Chay Nang Tam is one of the first vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi. With more than 20 years experience, along with vegetarian food list with rich taste of Vietnam processed meticulously, Nang Tam wants to introduce vegetarian food as a gastronomic art full of cultural identity.

 

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Dishes in Com Chay Nang Tam

Chay An Lac

Address: No. 109 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District.

You only have to pay 99,000VND (around US$4.5) to join the vegetarian buffet at An Lac. I can say it is nothing costly since you are up to eat 50 or so dishes – all healthy vegetarian finger food and some mains. With that, I believe it is able to satisfy everyone. Do remember to reserve the table because this is really famous for also the locals and easily plus quickly fully booked.

Vegetarian/vegan street food

However, you can still be confident going out to try some street food with some mouth-watering dishes/snack.

Stir-fried water spinach

It is so called morning glory with garlic crunchy and yummy side dish.

 

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Stir-fried water spinach

Sticky rice

It appears in many street vendors. You can see the steam coming out from the seller’s basket and feel the fresh smell while waiting to get a small box. There are a lot kinds of sticky rice from the plain one or one with mung beans, green beans, corn, etc.

 

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Sticky rice

Coconut rolls or Bo Bia Ngot

Bo Bia is a roll of freshly grated coconut and dried sugar cane sprinkled with black sesame wrapped in corn flour paper, sold by a man or woman riding on or standing by a bicycle with a steel box labeled “Bo Bia Ngot” on it. It is not easy to find them in the Old Quarter but there are plenty of them in Thanh Nien street which faces the West Lake.

 

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Bo Bia Ngot

Spring rolls

In stead of pork, crab meat or shrimp, the ingredients can be just carrot, rice noodles, mushroom, tofu, pepper, herbs mixing together and wrapped by a rice paper. The taste is still good!

Papaya salad

It is basically made from strip fresh papaya, carrots, basil and coriander mixed with fish sauce or salt and sugar, vinegar and garlic.

Cooking classes

Some people like to eat, some others also want to make it on their own. There are more and more travelers coming to Vietnam and learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese food so that they can do it at home and share with other members in the family. There are some cooking classes in Hanoi which arrange separate classes for vegetarian/vegan with special menu. You will have chance to walk to a local market, buy fresh ingredients, vegetable, herbs, etc. to make the meal. Literally learn from the very beginning.

 

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Have fun in the cooking class

In the middle of thinking about what to eat in Hanoi during your Vietnam tours 2019, I can suggest Indochina Voyages. They are not just one of Vietnam tour companies but also an expert in local culinary and gastronomy art who you can trust in to fin.

 

Daniel Nguyen – Travel Specialist