28 Mar 2021

The traditional vegetarian in Vietnam (Buddhism) is a diet that does not use animal products but only foods derived from plants such as vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Vegetarianism has gradually become closer and more popular to Vietnamese people because of its benefits and meaningfulness.

Table Contents
  • I - Overview
  • 1 - Vegetarian in Vietnam culture 
  • 2 - Advantages of vegan in Vietnam
  • II - Famous vegetarian food in Vietnam 
  • 1 - Appetizer
  • 2 - Main Vietnam vegetarian dishes
  • 3 - Desserts 
  • III - Some vegetarian restaurants in Vietnam  
  • 1 - Hanoi
  • 2 - Vietnam vegetarian restaurants in Saigon
  • 3 - Da Nang
vegetarian in vietnam
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For vegetarian & vegan travelers, Vietnam is a great destination for diverse tourism activities from sightseeing to adventure or beaches experience, while it is still available for enjoying delicious no-meat foods. You can read on for more information about Vietnamese cuisine in terms of vegetarian - vegan food and some recommended restaurants in most popular cities.

I - Overview

1 - Vegetarian in Vietnam culture 

Vegetarian in Vietnam is largely influenced by Buddhism. In Vietnam, there are two main types of vegetarianism: daily vegetarian and periodical vegetarian or vegetarian diet on the 1st and full moon day of the lunar month. Due to the influence of Mahayana Buddhism, vegetarian diets are popular in Vietnam: people do not eat products made from animals, and only eat fruit and vegetables.

vegetarian food in vietnam

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For vegetarians on the 1st and the full moon days, these are considered to be the two most important days of the month. Fasting in these days directs people to the virtues of life, doing virtuous deeds and not killing. As for daily vegetarians, in addition to the humanitarian meaning and environmental protection, there is also a popular Vietnamese conception that vegetarianism improves health and prolongs life expectancy.
According to Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper, in Vietnam the number of vegetarians accounts for about 10% of the population. In another survey on the current vegetarian trend of Vietnamese, when surveyed out of a total of 200 random people, the vegetarian rate accounts for more than half of 55%. In this number, people often eat vegetarian food on the 1st, full moon day, Tet holidays or whenever they have the opportunity to eat with friends and relatives. The most popular reasons for vegetarian diet are to protect health, help calm the soul and have a more balanced body. The vegetarian diet is meaningful to a person and when they are vegetarian, they feel a clear change in their thoughts and body.

2 - Advantages of vegan in Vietnam

Being an agricultural country, Vietnam has a plentiful and abundant source of raw materials, especially the level of freshness, low prices, so finding ingredients for vegetarian processing is quite easy and convenient. Moreover, Vietnamese people can easily find vegetarian restaurants, or prepare vegetarian dishes themselves at home.
Vegan dishes are mainly made from rice, flour, nuts, vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, tofu ... From these ingredients Vietnamese people combine and mix spices to create vegetarian dishes, which are delicious and very healthy.
For those who are new to vegetarian or simply want to experience the taste of the vegetarian food to see if it is delicious or not, you can try the savory vegetarian dishes. With the hands and talented brains of the Vietnamese chefs and housewives, the tray with chicken plate made from young tofu stuffed with lemongrass, silk rolls made from banana or crispy spring roll made from rack beans, tofu and vegetables ... will definitely bring an enjoyable taste to diners.

II - Famous vegetarian food in Vietnam 

Vegetarian dishes are inherently not "traditional" dishes of Vietnamese people. But after being imported into Vietnam, under the skillful hands of Vietnamese women, Vegetarian dishes have been raised to a new height. Here are some unique and attractive Vegetarian dishes that tourists should try when coming to Vietnam.

1 - Appetizer

Mushroom and vegetable soup


vegan in vietnam

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Mushroom soup combined with vegetables and fruits made from many ingredients such as mushroom, chicken drumstick or lingzhi, carrots, sweet corn, pumpkin, cove beans, flour, spices ... Mushroom soup and healthy veggies with a refreshing sweet taste are the perfect appetizer for all other real vegetarian meals. Not only that, but this appetizer also helps warm your stomach, helping the following dishes have a much better taste than usual.
Price: 15,000 - 30,000 VND/bowl (~ $0.64 - 1.29)
Vegetarian salad - papaya salad
With simple ingredients such as medium green papaya, cherry tomatoes, roasted peanuts, dried shrimp, sugar, lemon, chili, garlic, herbs ... the chef can create a spicy, sour and sweet papaya salad. Papaya salad brings a fresh feeling of papaya mixed with peanuts, combined with herbs that stimulate the taste buds.
Price: 10,000 - 20,000 VND/dish (~ $0.43 - 0.86).

2 - Main Vietnam vegetarian dishes

Vegetarian pho
Vegetarian noodle dishes are quite easy to make but have a frugal taste and are a favorite dish of many visitors to Vietnam. Compared with ordinary pho, vegetarian pho uses entirely plant-based ingredients, so it has a delicious taste. The ingredients to make this vegetarian pho are rice noodles, spring rolls made of nuts, herbs, green onions, tofu, mushrooms and spices such as salt, pepper ... The broth has a light, fragrant flavor of vegetables and spices, moderately soft pho fiber stimulates the taste buds.
Price: 25,000 - 50,000 VND/bowl (~ $1.08 - 2.16)
Vegetarian banh mi sandwiches
Banh mi sandwiches or sausages are street specialties of Vietnam, but when it comes to vegetarian sandwiches, it is still quite unfamiliar to many people. Vegetarian sandwiches include vegan pate, grated coconut, sliced ​​cucumbers, pickles ... with spices such as chili sauce, ketchup etc. Delicious, crunchy vegetarian bread not only helps to "fill" the hungry stomach but is also very friendly to human health.
Average price: 10,000 - 25,000 VND/item (~ $0.43 - 1.08)
Tofu dishes


vegan food in vietnam

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Quite a lot of Vietnamese vegetarian dishes are made from tofu such as tofu with tomato sauce, stewed tofu with lemongrass chili, crispy tofu ... Pretty simple ingredients include chopped tofu, tomato, chili, lemongrass, spices, pepper ... Each dish has a different way of making but it brings the delicious taste, sweet and sour taste combined with the fatty taste of tofu, the strong aroma of pepper and chili all make diners satisfied.
Price: 87,000 - 100,000 VND / plate (~ $3.75 - 4.3)
Stir-fried meal
Vegetarian stir-fried dishes such as mixed stir-fried vegetables and vegetarian noodles are loved by many diners because of their taste and health benefits. Made entirely from vegetarian ingredients such as vegetables, noodles, scallions, carrots, cove beans, onions, bell peppers, peanuts, spices, pepper ... vegetarian stir-fries bring delicious taste, eye-catching color. At the same time, diners also feel the soft noodle cake, rich soy sauce and fresh crisp vegetables.
Price: 62,000 - 87,000 VND/dish (~ $2.67 - 3.75)

3 - Desserts 

Dessert is an indispensable part after every meal of the Vietnamese people. Especially the delicious and cool desserts that are the best vegan food in Vietnam on hot summer days will cool the hearts of diners when coming here.
Sweet soup
Referring to dessert, it is really a mistake if not to mention sweet soup - a popular dish that many people love. Traditional sweet soups such as longan lotus seed sweet soup, pomelo sweet soup, black bean sweet soup, red bean sweet soup ... with the ingenious combination of natural ingredients. Those are lotus seeds, longan, grapefruit pulp, black beans, red beans, fresh coconut, sugar ... bringing the sweet, cool and mild aroma of banana oil.
Price: 10,000 - 30,000 VND / bowl (~ $0.43 - 1.3)
Some types of vegetarian cakes are used as desserts, such as floating cakes, vegetarian cakes, potato cakes, corn cakes etc. These cakes are made from green beans, potatoes, sugar etc., creating a distinctive rich flavor that makes anyone who has eaten once cannot forget.
Average price: 10,000 - 25,000 VND/dish (~ $0.43 - 1.08)

III - Some vegetarian restaurants in Vietnam  

Due to the convenience of raw materials as well as the great influence from other countries, Vietnamese people and tourists have an increasing demand for vegetarian food. Diners can easily find and enjoy delicious and attractive vegetarian dishes in tourist spots, especially big cities like Hanoi, Saigon, Da Nang ...

1 - Hanoi

vegetarian restaurants in vietnam

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Uu Dam Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 34 Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Price: 70,000 VND - 350,000 VND/person (~ $3.02 - 15.1)
Evaluation score via Tripadvisor: 4.5/5
Minh Chay Vegan Restaurant
Address: 30 Ma May Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Price: 116,000 - 232,000 VND/person (~ $5 - 10)
Evaluation score via Tripadvisor: 4.5 / 5

2 - Vietnam vegetarian restaurants in Saigon

Hum Vegetarian, Cafe & Restaurant
Address: 32 Vo Van Tan Ward 6, District 3, City. Ho Chi Minh
Price: 100,000 - 250,000 VND/person (~ $4.3 - 10.8)
Evaluation score via Tripadvisor: 4.5/5 
Shamballa Vegetarian Restaurant & Tea House
Address: 17-19 Trinh Van Can, Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1, City. Ho Chi Minh
Price: 465,000 VND - 2,325,000 VND/person (~ $20 - 100)
Evaluation score via Tripadvisor: 5/5

3 - Da Nang

ROM Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 87 Hoang Van Thu street, Hai Chau district, Da Nang
Price: 50,000 - 200,000 VND/person (~ $2.16 - 8.6)
Evaluation score via Tripadvisor: 5/5
Vegetarian Cuisine Restaurant
Address: 37 Ba Dinh street, Hai Chau district, Da Nang
Price: 50,000 - 200,000 VND/person (~ $2.16 - 8.6)
Evaluation score via Tripadvisor: 5/5 
Vegetarian & veganism in Vietnam not only helps the body stay healthy, avoid the risk of dangerous diseases such as fatty liver, obesity, diabetes ... but also helps people to have a good spirit, contributing to environmental protection and the animal world. When traveling to Vietnam, visitors should enjoy delicious and attractive vegetarian dishes that are hard to find anywhere in the world.

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