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Is Ho Chi Minh Vegan Friendly?

is ho chi minh vegan friendly

I’ve noticed that after reopening from the pandemic, the requests for vegetarian and vegan guests on our tour have increased! I think that’s great, and we absolutely provide options for our non-meat-eating guests during our food tours! It’s not always easy to do since it’s important to me that everyone on the tour can eat similar dishes. For example, I wouldn’t want a vegetarian or vegan guest to be eating soup while everyone else is eating a wrap. So, is Ho Chi Minh vegan friendly?

Yes, Ho Chi Minh City is highly Vegan friendly since there is a large population of Buddhists who do not eat meat. Also, a large population of people specifically don’t eat meat during the full moon. This means many Vegetarian restaurants around Ho Chi Minh City offer Vietnamese fare without meat, using tofu, seitan, and jackfruit as meat substitutes.

Tips for Vegan and Vegetarian Travellers

It’s important to note that if you are interested in street food or local food in Vietnam, the vendors do not operate like restaurants in other parts of the world. Typically the vendor or small eatery only specializes in one to three dishes. These dishes are all made the same way and are usually not vegan-friendly. Most dishes will consist of fish, shrimp, or pork somewhere while cooking the dish.

You’ll need to strike out a search for vegetarian-specific eateries and vendors. This isn’t quite as difficult as it sounds since there is a high number of Buddhists in the city.

Here is the best tip I can give if you are hungry and haven’t researched the area where you are, look for a nearby temple. Surrounding the area of the temple, there will usually be a couple of vegetarian restaurants and/or vendors who specialize in Vietnamese vegetarian food to accommodate the temple visitors and residents.

What Can I Eat In Vietnam as a Vegan or Vegetarian?

Here is the excellent part about Vietnamese vegetarian/vegan cuisine, the Vietnamese love their traditional dishes like Pho or Bun Bo Hue. They serve precisely the same dish, but they do a no-meat version of it that is honestly really great! This leaves you with the ability to enjoy food like I recommend here on my one food you would try in Ho Chi Minh City list! There are also Vietnamese restaurants that are a bit more “fancy” and serve excellent Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine with their own bit of flair and specialty dishes that you won’t find at small vendors or restaurants.

Vegetarian Local Food in District 1

I did a YouTube video of a local vegetarian food restaurant a little over a year ago. I think this is a great place to check out if you want to enjoy some local Vietnamese food that is vegetarian.

The place in my video is unfortunately closed now but you can check out another location here:

Pho Chay Nhu – 54 Truong Quyen

I recommend trying a little bit of everything. Don’t worry about a language barrier; just point out what you like, and they will put it on your plate with some rice! Be adventurous and hopefully try out something new that you might love!

If you are looking for something that is vegetarian/vegan but a little bit more upscale then I would recommend Hum Vegetarian at 32 Vo Van Tan. It’s located right next to the War Remnants Museum, so you might be able to pop in after or before a visit to the museum! Hum has been around for an extremely long time and I’ve had some very nice meals there! I hope that helps you out if you are wondering, is ho chi minh vegan friendly? You’ll find that this country is amiable for non meat eaters!

If you are curious about my other recommendations in Ho Chi Minh City for foodies.

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