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.
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.
The order of these eateries are not in any order. If anything, the order is semi-chronological (in the sense of the order in which I went to the place and gathered info and photos, etc).
This isn’t the first eatery with vegetarian food that i have tried, but it is the most recent one, so I will start with it.
NAME: “Sai Gon – The Spiritual Vegetarian”
LOCATION: 138 Bui Vien Street;
(Pham Ngu Lao (backpacker’s) area of District 1)
This place, in fact, isn’t strictly veggie. That doesn’t bother me so much, so I tried the veggie spring-rolls. I really liked them. I didn’t try anything more because of a lack of time and wasn’t all that hungry. Below is a pic of the dish after i had already eaten a bit. After the pic, I devoured the whole plate.
I imagine that I will be trying more dishes here in the future. I might add info here after that. If you have eaten here and want to add anything, please add a comment or mail me. Thanks!
Below is the veggie part of the menu. There are plenty of other meatless offerings outside of the veggie section as well (like pasta and pizza just as an example).