Friday, July 29, 2011

Vegetarian Delights of Vietnam

Although the typical Vietnamese diet includes plenty of pho bo, pho ga, bun bo, and bun ga (beef and chicken soups and sandwiches), there are still delicious vegetarian meals to be had.

Through a combination of internet stalking (happycow.net is a great resource) and wandering, I've found some great vegetarian cafes.

Here's a sampling of some of the best things I've found in Vietnam so far:

Yogurt, muesli, and fruit salad:
From K - Hanoi and Hue

Yes, included in that fruit salad is an avocado:
From K - Hanoi and Hue


Fresh roll-your-own spring rolls:
From K - Halong Bay

From K - Halong Bay


Vegetable Vietnamese curry:
From K - Halong Bay


Dragonfruit (the inside is white with black seeds)
From K - Hanoi and Hue


Fresh fruit at the market:
From K - Hanoi and Hue


Tomato and Cucumber with different fillings:
From K - Hanoi I


Vietnamese dessert: Agar gel with corn and other fruits
Not my favorite, but interesting
From K - Hanoi I


Just to spice things up, I'll end this post on a different note - the following things are the opposite of vegetarian-friendly.

VERY fresh fish (I'll admit, these look pretty good):
From K - Hanoi and Hue


Crabs & More
From K - Hanoi and Hue


Would you like a heart with that? (Gotta love the aorta)
From K - Hanoi and Hue


Some intestines:
From K - Hanoi and Hue

3 comments:

  1. I LOVE VIETNAMESE FOOD!! It is one of my all time favorite cuisines!!!

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  2. YUM! i remember eating the BEST vegetarian food in vietnam b/c my husband is one, and they prepped all these feasts just for him...it was heaven!

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  3. Yes! Vietnamese food is awesome, I just wish I spoke a little Vietnamese so I could request certain foods. In the cities I'm visiting now, there are a lot of Buddhist restaurants serving vegetarian buffets. It's funny because I thought the mock meats they have here (vegetable protein shaped like shrimp, chicken, etc) was a Western thing, but apparently it's a centuries-old tradition in East Asia so Buddhist vegetarians didn't feel left out. The fake meats take some getting used to, but overall the food here is so fresh and delicious!

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