Veggie Noodles = Mi Chay
If you want to go to the grocery store and eat at home cheap and fast, one of the things you may want to get is “Mi Chay”. Mi=noodle, Chay= vegetarian. These packages will often even be kept on a different aisle or, at least, not in exactly the same place as the other packaged noodles. Those other ones are mostly beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, or other seafood flavor. Make sure the packages you buy have “Mi Chay” written on them. If you can’t find them, show a store employee the meat ones and then ask “mi Chay?” <mee chay>. I don”t even bother heating up the water. It’s so hot here in SaiGon, i prefer to just put bottled water in it, add some fresh chili, onion, and maybe other vegetables or spices, then let it sit for about 15mins, then eat. You may not want to prepare it with cool water, but you will probably, sooner or later, want to eat some Mi Chay. You also might be able to give a waitress an idea of what to serve you in a restaurant by saying “Mi chay”(Veggie noodles), “Bi Chay” & “ Mi Xao Don Chay” (2 veggie dishes – see links at end of this blog entry), “Toi an chay“ (I’m Vegetarian), and “Com chay”(Vegetarian meal/Vegetables with rice).
and something more:
Mi Xao Don Chay (Vietnamese Vegetarian Crispy Chow Mein) http://wanderingchopsticks.blogspot.com/2008/07/mi-xao-don-chay-vietnamese-vegetarian.html