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).
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