Vietnamese Vegetarian Cuisine

Buddhism has a long history of development in Vietnam so vegetarian food is an indispensable part of its culinary culture. With their creativeness, Vietnamese chefs have made diverse vegetarian foods which are full of Vietnamese tastes.

Originating from a Buddhist concept, a vegetarian diet has been proven by several scientific studies to be healthy and helpful in curing particular diseases. Therefore, vegetarianism for health is becoming an increasingly suggested and followed trend.

Ingredients to make vegetarian foods are mainly vegetables, roots, fruit, soy products and mushrooms. The art of cooking vegetarian meals requires the foods to be delicious, healthy and also eye catching. Besides simply sautéing or boiling vegetarian food, vegetarian chefs create dishes that mimic the taste and appearance of meat such as sautéed chicken innards, fried prawns, spring rolls, scrambled eggs and braised pork.

Mung bean stuffed tapioca cakes. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Boiled vegetables served with vegetarian Kho quet (caramelized fish sauce with pork).
Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Braised mushrooms. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Sautéed mushroom and sponge gourd. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Mustard green and tofu cooked in ginger soup. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Green tea with some kinds of jams. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Rose tea. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

In order to serve the rising demand for vegetarian food, numerous vegetarian restaurants and good shops have mushroomed in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and provinces nationwide. They serve a wide range of dishes from soups, porridge and noodles to other braised, sautéed, and simmered dishes.

At the end of a vegetarian meal, people can enjoy desserts like fruit, sweet soup or tea served with fruit conserves. Among different types of tea, rose tea is very special with a light taste and sweet aroma that can bring about the feelings of relief and calm so people can regain their energy for daily tasks.

Some reputed vegetarian restaurants:
In Ho Chi Minh City
Bong Sung Vegetarian Restaurant, No. 86 Nguyen Du Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
Tel: +84 09 3822 0377
Email: [email protected]

In Hanoi
An Phuc Vegetarian Restaurant, No. 11 Lane 131 Thai Ha Street, Dong Da District.
Tel: +84 902 255 317
Email: [email protected]

By Nguyen Luan