My name is Glenn. I only recently moved to Ho Chi Minh City and I am sure there are many local vietnamese as well as ex-pats who know more about vegetarianism here than I do. Nevertheless, I hope you find my present and future escapades and info gathering about being vegetarian in Saigon (and VietNam as a whole) to be informative — whether you’re a tourist passing through, someone new in town, or a long-term resident that just doesn’t have the time to figure this stuff out for yourself, or even simply a vegetarian interested in Asia.
My 20+ years as a vegetarian (borderline Vegan), and my geographic approach may help make this blog worth following for you — whether you are a veggie, or a food-lover in Vietnam, or someone simply interested in all topics vietnamese, or even a geographer… or maybe even just an old friend of mine.
I plan to have 4 main types of blog entries here:
1) Reviews plus info and photos about places to eat in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) — this means vegetarian restaurants and stands/bars as well as regular places with large veggie sections on their menus. Many of these reviews will be of “Com Chay” food bars — the cheap no-meat streetside cafe/bars of sort.
2) Discussion and description of the cuisine, vegetables, ingredients, cooking, etc.
3) My experiences here as a vegetarian — including pointers of how to eat here and what you need to know to keep your veggie diet a veggie diet.
4) Data lists which i will update and add to as i find out more (including from comments from my readers! One of these lists will be a list of vegetarian restaurants and Com Chay locales. This list, I think, will be an important one. I hope you will help me with it if you are a vegetarian in SaiGon!