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We are vegetarians traveling to Vietnam and china. Where will we get good veg food?

Will I get veg food in normal hotels? What dishes should I specifically order?No fish,no eggs.

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Country: Vietnam

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Yes, this shouldn't be a problem at all
to get vegetarian food in any kind of hotel
or in the surrounding restaurants and food places,
no matter in which region of Vietnam.

"Do an chay" = vegetarian food !
any city in vietnam with it available, please do not worry !
If you are visiting Saigon, should visit Sen restaurant at 171 Nguyễn Thái Học, phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Q1. They have nice vegetarian food with relatively low price. I love their spring-rolls (gỏi cuốn) :D
And no fish = Khong ca' ; no eggs = Khong tru'ng
=) Have fun.
Eating without fish, eggs, dairy is difficult. Animal stocks, fish sauce, oyster sauces, egg powder, are used in nearly every dish. There are vegetarian restaurants, or search on line for restaurants with vegetarian selections. Our restaurant in hanoi has several dishes. See for more information.
In Ho Chi Minh city, you can have veg food at "Viet chay" restaurant in Vinh Nghiem pagoda.
There are several other veg restaurants, some restaurants in the city center that I know:
- Quan an chay Dinh Duong: 145 Nguyễn Du, Q.1, Ho Chi Minh
- Quan Com Chay ITC: 101 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Q.1

I highly recommend Quan chay Sen, the contact details:
Quán chay SEN: 171 Nguyễn Thái Học, phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Q1
Điện thoại: (Telephone number) (08) 6 278 2186
Email:
In normal hotel get vegetarien food humm will be hard or only eat salad. I can give u this adress for vegetarien name "Com Chay Nang Tam" 79A Tran Hung Dao-Hanoi and they have also 1 in Saigon 79Bis, 77 lane, Dien Bien Phu, dist 1, Ho chi minh city after u can find vegetarien food in Idien restaurant like the Khazana restaurant (they change location dont know new add) or Tandoor 24 Hang Be-Hanoi
If you think to take group tour you have to let your travel company know that in advance for they can arrange special meal for you.
Cheers,
In most hotels in Vietnam those I know they don't have veg food. They serve veg food only in few restaurants. But in most hotels and restaurants they can give you some kind of popular veg food like: steamed rice, vegetable, peanut, tofu, French fried(fried potatoes). When you book the tours with the travel agent in Vietnam you should tell them that you want to get veg food then they will arrange for you.
Vegetarian restaurant in Ho Chi Minh

Bodhi Tree Restaurant
Address: 175/4 Pham Ngu Lao St., Dist.1, HCM City
Tel: 3837 1910

Giac Duc Restaurant
Address: 492 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St., Dist.3, HCM City
Tel: 3835 6161

Minh Tri Restaurant
Address: 40 Cach Mang Thang Tam St., Dist. 10, HCM City
Tel: 3930 2594

Thai Nhan Restaurant
Address: 491/10 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Dist. 3, HCM City
Tel: 3835 8621

Van Canh Restaurant
Address: 184 Calmette, Dist. 1, HCM city

Green Food Restaurant
Address: 207 Bui Vien, Dist. 1, HCM city

or you can search more at by word "quan chay"
There are some great/good restaurants in the whole of Vietnam, however, take caution as some restaurants serve vegeitarian salads with shrimp etc..... It should be a little bit of work for you when here- good luck
You can find veg food in almost restaurents or hotels you visit, but sometimes you have to order and i think it will better than you order any food you want to eat, this will prevent you from eating sth you do not like and also to save your money ^^
Have fun ^^
Strict vegetarians will have some difficulties in Vietnam. While fresh fruit and vegetables are excellent, most Vietnamese eat meat every meal and use fish sauce, shrimp paste and oyster sauce in many vegetable dishes. There are some vegetarian dishes available, but not many so you might find variety a problem.

Most restaurants catering to foreigners will have a range of vegetarian dishes. Vietnamese people often like to go vegetarian on certain dates of the lunar calendar and there are usually some vegetarian Vietnamese restaurants providing 'mock meats' which are fantastic for vegetarians.
While traveling in Vietnam, you will find Vegetarian food everywhere. As Dalat is famous for its vegetables and is really the green house of Vietnam, the vegetarian restaurants are fabulous. Enjoy your trip.
Not sure why anybody thinks this is 'difficult' in Vietnam. Devout Buddhists here cover the entire range of vegetarianism, from "no red meats" through to the fundamentalist "nothing related to living animals".

We cater for all of these, and flesh-eaters or course, through local knowledge. However, if we will not be accompanying a traveler, we advise the following:

1) Ensure you take some "supplies" with you wherever you go, especially in out-of-the-way places where few people speak English;

2) Find a Buddhist Pagoda and ask. If nobody speaks any English, it helps if you have some pictures of the things you DO NOT eat. Gesticulations will usually do the rest. Usually you will get an address ... have the Monk write it down for you. You can then show it to anybody to get help:

3) Take the time to learn some of the vocabulary. Perhaps most important are:
"ăn chay" {un-chay} "vegetarian";
"không ăn ..." {kom un} "don't eat"; and then
the nouns for those things you do not eat, i.e. "bò" {bore} "beef", etc.

4) Don't rely on menus in ăn chay restaurants. They will often cater to non-vegetarians as well. The pictures you see "may" be fantastic tofu-based simulations ... or the real thing.

It can take some effort, but we don't really consider it difficult.

Hope that helps others.
i know a restaurant which is actually a branch of a company in German,its address is 58 Nguyen Du Str,Hoan Kiem District,Hanoi.The food there is really good, go and try it on!!Have fun!!!
If you come to Hanoi, you can try "Com chay Nang Tam" in 75B, Tran Hung Dao Street.
I really like this place:

Adidaz
173 Nghi Tam, Ha Noi
04 37190361

It is not in any of the guidebooks and I am sure not many tourists got here, although some expats do.. It is also REALLY cheap.

I am a vegetarian in Vietnam and I like Vietnamese food a lot. I would agree with people when they say that it is not difficult to be vego in Vietnam, but there is certainly not a lot of variety.

Hue has some wonderful Vietnamese Vegetarian restaurants and they do not seem to use much of the mock meats (which many vegetarians don't like) Bo De, 11 Le Loi

If you decide to go to Halong Bay, please tell the company ahead of time so they can prepare. You may also choose to say that you prefer vegetables to Mock meat. The last one I went on had a plate of mock meat that had been stir fried for about 5 seconds with no vegetables. Mock meat can be nice if it is properly made and marinated and served with other things as it is in Vietnamese vegetarian restaurants, however, on the bay, the chefs don't know how to cook it.
I normally take my foreigner guests to this vegy restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city. Everybody loves the food there!

HOA DANG restaurant
38 Huynh Khuong Ninh Str., Dist.1, HCMC
vegetables are very cheap in vietnam and a very wide variety it wont be a problem. You can even buy at local markets if ou want to prepare it yourself. If you dine at a local restaurant be sure to look at the tables if they have the free vegetable salad on a bowl. Its refillable just ask the waitresses
Have you come to visit the ancient capital, Hue City, yet? Our city is something of a Buddhist center in VN, so it isn't difficult to find delicious vegetarian food. Drop by our resto for some examples. Just mention that you want to eat vegetarian only. Say: Toi an chay!
You and Me Cafe
38 Tran Cao Van, Hue City, Vietnam
If you guys are coming to Hue, I will show you the best place to have good vegetarian foods. Trust me. For example: Lien Hoa restaurant on Le Quy Don street.
Hope to see you here in my city
Vietnam is a popular tourists country, so, veg is not new. You can talk to any restaurants about it and they will give you veg varieties. Or you may contact me when you get to vietnam: my skype ID: Dan I. isfoworld , or by the contact us page of our website
i think with those answer, you got enough places to get full of vegie all the time. In Hanoi, around the old quarter, there are many small restaurant, where they all have vegie dishes for u. Have a nice time in Vietnam
Hi,

Vegetarian will find it very easily to travel here because we have a variety of restaurant that served food for Buddist, (especially at FULL MOON and the beginning of Month in lunar calendar )

Below is the list of restaurant

ÂU LẠC - CTY TNHH SXKD THỰC PHẨM CHAY ÂU LẠC
Địa chỉ: 63-65 NGUYỄN KIỆM, P.3, Q.GV, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8940211
Website:
Email:
LONG HOA - TIỆM CƠM CHAY LONG HOA
Địa chỉ: 69 THÍCH QUẢNG ĐỨC, Q.PHÚ NHUẬN, TP. HCM
ÂU LẠC - TIỆM CƠM CHAY ÂU LẠC
Địa chỉ: 60 TÂN VĨNH, P.6, Q.4, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8265856
BỒ ĐỀ - TIỆM CƠM CHAY BỒ ĐỀ
Địa chỉ: 36B ĐƯỜNG 2, P.15, Q.11, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8635088
QUÁN CHAY THIỆN TÂM
Địa chỉ: 443 Sư Vạn Hạnh nối dài, P.12, q.10, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8630798
BU ĐA NGUYÊN THỦY - TIỆM CƠM CHAY BU ĐA NGUYÊN THỦY
Địa chỉ: 175/16 PHẠM NGŨ LÃO, P.PNL, Q.1, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8371910
CÁT TƯỜNG - QUÁN CƠM CHAY CÁT TƯỜNG
Địa chỉ: 369 LÊ QUANG ĐỊNH, P.5, Q.BT, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)5151048
CH THỰC PHẨM CHAY 24
Địa chỉ: 24F LÒ SIÊU, P.16, Q.11, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9693083
CHÂN PHƯƠNG - TIỆM CƠM CHAY CHÂN PHƯƠNG
Địa chỉ: 322 CAO ĐẠT, P.1, Q.5, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9235859
DUYÊN ĐẠO - TIỆM CƠM CHAY DUYÊN ĐẠO
Địa chỉ: 95 Nguyễn Hồng Đào, Q.Tân Bình, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8494465
DÌ BẢY AN ĐÔNG - TIỆM CƠM CHAY DÌ BẢY AN ĐÔNG
Địa chỉ: 166B BÃI SẬY, P.1, Q.6, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9670920
ĐỊNH Ý - TIỆM CƠM CHAY ĐỊNH Ý
Địa chỉ: 171B CỐNG QUỲNH, P.NCT, Q.1, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8367715
GIÁC ĐỨC - TIỆM CƠM CHAY GIÁC ĐỨC
Địa chỉ: 492 NGUYỄN ĐÌNH CHIỂU, P.4, Q.3, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8356161
GIÁC HOA - TIỆM CƠM CHAY GIÁC HOA
Địa chỉ: 232 LÃNH BINH THĂNG, P.13, Q.11, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8580368
HOA ĐĂNG - NHÀ HÀNG CHAY HOA ĐĂNG
Địa chỉ: 38 HUỲNH KHƯƠNG NINH, P.ĐK, Q.1, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8209702
HOÀNG NHI - TIỆM CƠM CHAY HOÀNG NHI
Địa chỉ: 2/56 HÀ HUY GIÁP, P.THẠNH LỘC, Q.12, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)7162196
HƯƠNG SEN - TIỆM CƠM CHAY HƯƠNG SEN
Địa chỉ: 134 HỒ VĂN HUÊ, P.9, Q.PN, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8457469
HỶ LẠC - TIỆM CƠM CHAY HỶ LẠC
Địa chỉ: 102 ĐINH TIÊN HOÀNG, P.1, Q.BT, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8433338
Ỳ DUYÊN - TIỆM CƠM CHAY KỲ DUYÊN
Địa chỉ: 100 TỔ 9 TÔ NGỌC VÂN, P.LINH TÂY, Q.TĐ, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8970336
LẠC THIÊN - CH LẠC THIÊN
Địa chỉ: 1/4 KP6 TRẦN KHẮC CHÂN, TT.HÓC MÔN, H.HM, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)7102913
LIÊN HOA - TIỆM CƠM CHAY LIÊN HOA
Địa chỉ: 4 CC ĐOÀN VĂN BƠ P.12, Q.4, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8254495
LONG SINH - CTY TNHH TM LONG SINH - TỈNH KHÁNH HÒA
Địa chỉ: C11/12 KP3 TT.TÂN TÚC, H.BC, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)7600928
NAM THANH - CS SX CHAO NAM THANH
Địa chỉ: 233 THÁI PHIÊN, P.9, Q.11, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9633856
QUÁN CƠM CHAY SỐ 7
Địa chỉ: 7 LÊ QUANG SUNG, P.6, Q.6, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9605395
HIÊN HƯƠNG VIÊN - CƠM CHAY THIÊN HƯƠNG VIÊN
Địa chỉ: 149 LÊ QUANG SUNG, P.2, Q.6, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9693197
THIÊN NGUYÊN - TIỆM CƠM CHAY THIÊN NGUYÊN
Địa chỉ: 174 CALMETTE, P.NTB, Q.1, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9147453
THIÊN QUYÊN - TIỆM ĂN THIÊN QUYÊN
Địa chỉ: 17/30 ÂU CƠ, P.14, Q.TB, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8109563
THIÊN Ý - CƠM CHAY THIÊN Ý
Địa chỉ: 40 VẠN KIẾP, P.3, Q.BT, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8417264
THUYỀN VIÊN - TIỆM CƠM THUYỀN VIÊN
Địa chỉ: 11-13 NGUYỄN VĂN ĐẬU, P.5, Q.PN, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8432643
TIỆM CƠM CHAY 150
Địa chỉ: 150 MINH PHỤNG, P.6, Q.6, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9601283
TIỆM CƠM CHAY 40
Địa chỉ: 332 LÊ VĂN SỸ, P.14, Q.3, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9316887
TỊNH TÂM - TIỆM CƠM CHAY TỊNH TÂM
Địa chỉ: 2H BÌNH GIÃ, P.13, Q.TB, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8496381
TUYỀN LÂM - TIỆM ĂN CHAY TUYỀN LÂM
Địa chỉ: 87 PHẠM PHÚ THỨ, P.3, Q.6, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9672504
VẠN DUYÊN - TIỆM CƠM CHAY VẠN DUYÊN
Địa chỉ: 206 NGUYỄN THIỆN THUẬT, P.3, Q.3, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8359580
VIÊN GIÁC - QUÁN CƠM CHAY VIÊN GIÁC
Địa chỉ: 404 HÒA HẢO, P.5, Q.10, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8534876
VŨ HỒNG - TIỆM CƠM CHAY VŨ HỒNG
Địa chỉ: 318 XÔ VIẾT NGHỆ TĨNH, P.25, Q.BT, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8999570
and more , oh forgot,

Địa Chỉ = Address
Đường = Street
Quận = District
Điện thoại - telephone

PHƯỚC DUYÊN - CƠM CHAY PHƯỚC DUYÊN
Địa chỉ: 44 Đ, Đường Số 6, Bình Trị Đông, Q.Bình Tân, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)7511649
CƠM CHAY CÁT TƯỜNG
Địa chỉ: 15bis Trần Khánh Dư, P.Tân Định, Q.1, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8467086
CƠM CHAY NÀNG TẤM
Địa chỉ: 384/40 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, P.8, Q.3, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8483874
CƠM CHAY 27
Địa chỉ: 27 Phan Xích Long, P.2, Q.Phú Nhuận, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8421193
CƠM CHAY NÀNG TẤM
Địa chỉ: 384/40 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, P.8, Q.3, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8483874
CỬA HÀNG THỰC DƯỠNG CHÂN NGUYÊN
Địa chỉ: 96H Võ Thị Sáu, P.Tân Định, Q.1, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8251659

CƠM CHAY PHÁP HOA - Quận 1
Địa chỉ: 200 Nguyễn Trãi, Q.1, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8483874

CƠM CHAY PHÁP HOA - Quận 11
Địa chỉ: 232 Lãnh Binh Thăng, Q.11, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8580368

CƠM CHAY PHÁP HOA - Quận 9
Địa chỉ: 143 Lê Văn Kiệt, Quận 9, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)7308981

CƠM CHAY THANH ÁI - Quận 3
Địa chỉ: 7A Trần Văn Đang, Quận 3, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9351018
Hope this answer won't be too late for you, but it should be great for others those are eager to get the best vegetarian food in Vietnam.

"The people of Hue have a strong tradition of eating vegetarian food, so vegetarian restaurants are more common in Hue than in the rest of Viet Nam. On the 1st and 15th of every lunar month, vegetarian restaurants are packed full of patrons for dinner and it may prove difficult to find a seat. Vegetarian restaurants are the cheapest places to eat, after street vendors.

* Bo De, D Le Loi. Run by the Huong Giang travel company. Serves delicious vegetarian appetizers and entrees. Expect to fill yourself for US$2-3/person.

* Lien Hoa, D Le Quy Don. In the grounds of the Lien Hoa pagoda, across from the football stadium. Monks and nuns frequent this restaurant during lunch. A small shop near the door sells Vietnamese language Buddhist texts, prayer beads and icons.

* Com Chay (vegetarian rice) Is near the River on on the 'newer side' it has simple, but good and cheap vegetarian meals."

From Hue, Wikitravel page.
Hope this answer won't be too late for you, but it should be great for others those are eager to get the best vegetarian food in Vietnam.

"The people of Hue have a strong tradition of eating vegetarian food, so vegetarian restaurants are more common in Hue than in the rest of Viet Nam. On the 1st and 15th of every lunar month, vegetarian restaurants are packed full of patrons for dinner and it may prove difficult to find a seat. Vegetarian restaurants are the cheapest places to eat, after street vendors.

* Bo De, D Le Loi. Run by the Huong Giang travel company. Serves delicious vegetarian appetizers and entrees. Expect to fill yourself for US$2-3/person.

* Lien Hoa, D Le Quy Don. In the grounds of the Lien Hoa pagoda, across from the football stadium. Monks and nuns frequent this restaurant during lunch. A small shop near the door sells Vietnamese language Buddhist texts, prayer beads and icons.

* Com Chay (vegetarian rice) Is near the River on on the 'newer side' it has simple, but good and cheap vegetarian meals."

From Hue, Wikitravel page.
You have great replies above.
Having fun and enjoy!
Cheers,
I know some Vegerarians restaurant.You can go:
-Hoa Đăng restaurant- Add: 38 Huỳnh Khương Ninh, Đa Kao Ward, Dist1, HCMC.
-Thuyền Viên restaurant- Add: 13 Nguyễn Văn Đậu, Ward 5, Phú Nhuận Dist, HCMC.
- Việt Chay restaurant- Add: 339 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Dist 3, HCMC (inside the Vĩnh Nghiêm Pagoda area.
I would recommend you some addresses below. Those are very good vegetary restaurants which the price is around 25.000vnd for each course

CƠM CHAY PHÁP HOA - Quận 1
Địa chỉ: 200 Nguyễn Trãi, Q.1, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8483874

CƠM CHAY PHÁP HOA - Quận 11
Địa chỉ: 232 Lãnh Binh Thăng, Q.11, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)8580368

CƠM CHAY PHÁP HOA - Quận 9
Địa chỉ: 143 Lê Văn Kiệt, Quận 9, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)7308981

CƠM CHAY THANH ÁI - Quận 3
Địa chỉ: 7A Trần Văn Đang, Quận 3, TP. HCM
Điện thoại: (08)9351018

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