Category Archives: Restaurants/Cafes/Bars
Âu Lạc 2 – 530 Huỳnh Tấn Phát Street ; District 7, Bình Thuận Ward
Âu Lạc 2 is our next Veggie Venue blog entry. This eatery is larger and more modern than most Com Chay eateries, yet cheaper and more informal than most vegetarian restaurants. We might say that this place is somewhere between eatery/cafeteria and restaurant. The prices are moderate to low — depending on what you are comparing them to. Probably most would consider these prices to be low, but in the world of veggie eateries in the city, we would probably classify it as moderate/affordable.
This place has modern, almost trendy, white tables and chairs. The venue has a clean and roomy environment. It is located on a large, busy street in east D7. The menu had many pages. Therefore, I didn’t bother to take pics of the whole menu. Also, I chose not to order from the menu, instead taking the standard Com Chay dish with soup… only adding the vegan version of “those thingies” that they wrap in banana leaves. (Sorry, I forgot the name of this — it’s Banh-something.) The menu did not have an English translation at the time of the writing of this blog entry. As you find in most Com Chay eateries, the “buffet” here is not self-service but you can often point at what you want and don’t want.
I can recommend this cafeteria-restaurant for people who are already passing through the area (eastern district 7 near the Nguyen Van Quy Highway).
This new veggie venue is not of my creation. This is a blog entry taken from Steven McGrath’s blog called “Channel Steve”. Steve (a.k.a. RockPortrait) is a well-known and respected ex-pat blogger in VietNam. He was kind enough to let me repost his post on Saigon Vegetarian. Here is the link to his Blog:
and here is the link to the original posting:
and here is the pasted entry:
I was lucky enough to be invited to eat at the newly opened vegetarian restaurant, Thien Y, in Binh Thanh district. It’s owned by the family of one of the VAS students.
I wasn’t expecting much, being a meat eater, but the food, decor, cleanliness and ambience in this place blew me away. They used mushrooms in place of meat to create dishes like sweet & sour pork, and the difference was almost indistinguishable.
To top it all off, six dishes and two drinks came to a gob-smacking 200,000VND (just under $10). Well worth a taxi ride to this north-eastern district.
Address of Thien Y is:
36 Tran Quy Cap
P.11, Q. Binh Thanh
Tel: 0913 916 036
Photo 1 is a soup that updates and outdoes the ever so popular Sup Cua (crab soup).
Photo 2 is a dish with assorted mushrooms, so tasty with perfectly crispy greens and carrots.
Here is a little map of D4-Saigon and its Cơm Chay eateries. There might be a few left that I haven’t discovered, but there can’t be many more than this (July 2011), because I have really searched hard by foot, bicycle, xe om — you name it. I have not included the cafes and restaurants that have some veggie items (or even veggie pages). For sake of map clarity, only the true vegan/veggie places of the vietnamese variety have been included. More info about these eateries are in the “Veggie Venue” list tab.
This is the 11,000Dong beer-joint and cafe-restaurant in the middle of Bui Vien Street. Sorry that I cannot remember the street address. If you are starting from the Little India sign, then just after that, pass the Circle K (heading towards Do Quan Dau to the West) , then it is about 3 or so more businesses down on the same side.
I found out pretty recently that they have some pretty good veggie stuff on the last page of the menu. That last page is listed below. I had the first entry from this page. It was delicious.
Tiệm Cơm Chay “Âu Lạc”
60 Tân Vĩnh Street; District 4, Ward 6.
I’m kicking myself for overlooking this place for three months! This is a spacious, clean, friendly and affordable little place that I can easily recommend to all you vedge-heads. It is just over the Ong Lanh Bridge from D1. I was pretty much passing it almost every day when riding into D1. If you are on a bike or in a car coming over the bridge (Cau Ong Lanh), you will need to double back because the street that brings you from the bridge to Tan Vinh street is divided.
Not only was the food good and fresh in this roomy relaxing cafeteria, but they also have large amounts of vegan products that you can buy and take home.
They have , just as examples:
- Vegan fish sauce
- Vegan deer meat, fish, squid, pork, chicken, shredded meat, etc etc
- Vegan hot dogs
- Vegan canned products
This is a new place that just opened in May 2011. You should try it. Menu still in Vietnamese only right now, but they may add an english one. You should be able to find a waiter to help you though. Moderate/very reasonable pricing. Good food and friendly owner and waiters. Room for larger groups.
There are various things on the menu including Thai dishes, etc. It is a Vegan Restaurant. This place is very new and clean. The prices are under control and when we went as a group with people from Couchsurfing.org , there was still a 20% discount going on back then as well. If you decide to go with a group, consider calling a reservation and maybe they might be ready to give you a group discount. They even have vietnamese beer.
- 124-126 Nguyễn Cư Trinh; District 1, Nguyễn Cư Trinh Ward
(August 2011): Now they have delivery! You can even order by the net: http://www.eat.vn/en/hoakhai (Districts 1,3,4, and 5 at the moment) from 7:15 am to 22:00 pm everyday
Some vegetarians and veggie-loving folk from the Saigon Couchsurfers group have planned a meeting for dinner in a new veggie place in District 1 on Tuesday.
The place/time is:
Hao Khai – 124-6 Nguyen Cu Trinh, Dist 1.
|Date:||May 31st, 2011 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm|
Here are the Couchsurfing threads about this meeting:
and here is the event: http://www.couchsurfing.org/meetings.html?mid=116973
Also, a new subgroup of the SaiGon group on CouchSurfers has formed. It is “SaiGon Vegetarians”: http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=42390
Veggie Venue 5 – “Ngoc Tho” ; 175/9 Pham Ngu Lao, district 1
This place has been reviewed by a lot of travelers. I suggest you do a search on “Ngoc Tho, 175/9 Pham Ngu Lao”, and read some of the blogs and reviews. A pretty good one to help give you an idea is: http://ilovemyveg.blogspot.com/2008_08_01_archive.html
When I took my table, there was only one other table with diners. By the time I finished, all the tables were full — I suspect with people on their way home from work. The service was friendly, and the food was middle-priced and very tasty. I wanted to try so many things, but stuck to bean tacos and a small clay-pot of steamed/fried vegetables. I am sure I will be stopping by this place pretty often. The location is right in there on a drivable side-alley off of Pham Ngu Lao. That’s the same alley that has Le Pub and another veggie spot. “Ngoc Tho” is the one that is NOT across from Le Pub, but rather a bit closer to Pham Ngu Lao Street proper.
I plan to try the fried mushrooms next time! I heard good things about them.
The pics of what I ate will be added here shortly.
Veggie Venue 4 – Quan An “Thien Tan” ; 17-19 Ton Dan Street, district 4, ward 13
This eatery is at the top of Ton Dan street in D4. To give you an idea, the closest bridge (cau) is Khanh Hoi, which connects D1 with D4 at the Vung Tao ferry port. This is not a strictly veggie place but the vegetarian section is big and has plenty of choices, so i decided to tell you about this place.
I have eaten here 2 times so far and I plan to eat here often. It isn’t too far from my place, the portions are big, the prices are good, the selection is big, and the staff is friendly. They have a menu translated into english, but for some reason, they didnt includ the Chay section, so I have sort of translated it for you here below. (prices are from now — May 2011). Sorry for the lack of diacritical marks, but you can see them in the photo.
Cac Mon Chay (Vegetarian Dishes)
- hu tiu xao 35,000
- stirred-fried big rice noodles
- mi xao gion 35,000
- stir-fried deep-fried-noodles with mushrooms & vegetables
- mi xao mem 35,000
- stir-fried noodles with mushrooms & vegetables
- bun gao xao thap cam 35,000
- stir-fried thin-dry-rice noodles
- mien xao thap cam 40,000
- stir-fried thin-dry-rice noodle jumble
- com chien duong chao 33,000
- Chinese fried rice 1
- com xao thap cam 35,000
- Chinese fried rice 2
- do xao thap cam 35,000
- stir-fried mixed vegetables (no noodle) – would have meat on a normal menu
- cai thia xao 16,000
- stir-fried Chinese cabbage
- bong cai xao 22,000
- stir-fried Vietnamese cauliflower
- rau muong xao 16,000
- stir-fried water spinach
- nam thap cam xao 35,000
- stir-fried mushroom
Here are the condiments they have out on all the tables. The tables and condiments are kept clean. There is an air-conditioned room too. Sometimes the A/C room is open and sometimes it isn’t. You may be surprised as you entrer the eatery, that you walk through the kitchen to get inside. Below, are pics of the first 2 dishes that I ate here (2nd and 5th on the Chay page of the menu), and the other pic is the “Rau” (vegetables) page.
There is discussion group for Vegetarian Travelers on CouchSurfing:
the site: http://www.couchsurfing.org
At the moment that I created this post, this group was small, but maybe we can change that with time.
info from the group page:
Are you a vegetarian? Do you have trouble finding good food when you travel? This is a forum where you can post rants & raves, make suggestions for fellow travelers & post reviews of restaurants, airport food & anything else related to vegetarian travel.