Are they drying tomatoes here?
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.
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
Phap Quang: 31 Ton That Thuyet; District 4, Ward 18
I found another veggie spot (Com Chay) in district 4. This one, called Phap Quang, is in the southeast corner of this triangular-island district of SaiGon that we call simply “District 4” (Quan.4/Q.4). This street is the southern border of the district – running the full length of the canal along the longest side of the D4 triangle. This locale is quite close to the southeast corner… just a bit before the bridge in the corner and the 2 little parks found there.
This was the second time I have eaten here. The first time I was here, I didn’t have my phone with me (and therefore no camera). This place is really cheap (15,000 dong for a nice sized plate and a small soup). The first time I came here, it was midday and she must have given me 3 cold Vietnamese teas. This time, I was there at dusk and it was much cooler. She didn’t bring any tea and she must have seen that I was kinda in a rush and I had all of my dogs with me, so they set up a table for me on the sidewalk. If I had asked for a tea, of course I would have gotten one. This place isn’t the cleanest and the food mostly tastes average, but it is Com Chay and it is cheap (and I felt good after both meals). The fake meat reminds me of real meat so much, that I don’t like it too much… but I tell myself it isn’t meat and surely it doesn’t have meat broth added to it. surely they would do that.
Overall, I recommend it for the price, the soup, the tea, the serving size, and the fast service. Weak points: main courses are, let’s say “average” and this locale might be a BIT “ghetto” for some. The Com Chay in D4 that you can find in an earlier entry on SaiGon Vegetarian (located on Huang Dieu Street), seems to have a little bigger selection, is less “ghetto”, and is only a bit more expensive (still very cheap). That place on Huang Dieu Street is also pretty much in the middle of D4 and not far from the bridges to D1. I plan on frequent both of these eateries.