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Reasons why Vietnam is a vegetarian heaven

The vegetarian Pho

Using plenty of fresh vegetables, herbs together with a wide range of different fish and meat, Vietnamese cuisine is well known for being not only delicious but also healthy. The fact that finding a meat free meal in Vietnam is not as tricky as you might think is less well known. Here under are some of the reasons why. mekong river cruises tripadvisor

There are tons of vegetarian restaurants

Vegetarian restaurant in Vietnam

Vegetarian restaurant in Vietnam- source: internet

In all cities in Vietnam, and even in most small towns, there are dedicated vegetarian restaurants that churn out awesome meat free versions of all Vietnamese authentic dishes. Even though you are even more likely to find them near a pagoda, in fact, they are usually scattered around town. It is likely that most Vietnamese people think of meat as the important part of all meals, there are also some devout Buddhists, who should traditionally eat no fish and meat on the first and the 15th days of the lunar month. On these days, since many of the street vendors also switch to mock meat, there are even more options. Before your trip, a quick search on Google will bring you up plenty of options on the map.

It is not difficult to make yourself understood

Vegetarian eating in Vietnam

Vegetarian eating in Vietnam- source: internet

Making a special request understood can be the main problem in places where English is not widely spoken. Luckily in Vietnam, “chay” is a simple, easy to pronounce word for all vegetarian things. Even though you can find it hard to pronounce Vietnamese as it is tonal, don’t worry too much, just pronounce “chay” in a flat normal voice, a bit like a robot and they will understand you well. This word may also be written somewhere at most vegetarian street food stalls of restaurants, which makes them very easy to be spotted. Alternatively, you can try ‘không thịt’, meaning no meat – the same meaning as “chay” although this will not necessarily tell them that you do not want meat stock or fish sauce.

It is fantastically delicious

The vegetarian Pho

The vegetarian Pho- source: internet

Vietnamese food is worldwide famous for its excellence, with bunches of fresh herbs and subtle blends of spices used to create a balance of sweet, sour, salty and hot flavors. With loads of regional variety and outside influences, it is also very diverse. In all restaurants which are heavy on mock meat, they take things to the next level, even going so far to re-create the layers of pork fat from different textured tofu. In the popular chains such as Pho 2000 and Pho 24, the great vegetarian versions of Pho – the most famous dish, the noodle soup that built a nation can be found. You can also enjoy the vegetarian version of Banh Xeo – a savory pancake that the delectable Vietnamese take on. This version of Banh Xeo is made without meat, usually with bean sprouts, mushrooms or tofu. For those who are in need of a snack, it is suggested to find a street stall saying banh mi and ask for trung, upon which they will freshly fry some eggs and tuck them into a fresh baguette with pickled vegetables, coriander and soy sauce. the jahan heritage line

It is incredibly cheap

Vegetarian food in Vietnam is incredibly cheap

Vegetarian food in Vietnam is incredibly cheap- source: internet

On the whole, you can definitely have a stunning meal in Vietnam for very little money. At one end of the spectrum you can have a fine dining experience in elegant French villas, and at the other, it is possible to wolf down a bowl of soup seated road side on a tiny plastic table and chair. When it comes to vegetarian food, which in general is even more reasonable than fish and meat dishes, things are not different. There are so many of the vegetarian restaurants offering a wide range of dishes, displayed before you canteen-style. You can point and select as many as you want and it will still probably set you back for less than $5. You will spend about 50 cents for a simple banh mi on the street and about $1.50 for a bowl of vegetarian pho in a restaurant. So, not doing as the Vietnamese do and snacking throughout the day will be such a mistake!

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