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Reasons for vegetarians to travel to Vietnam

Add on không rau không thịt for vegetarian bánh mì
Using plenty of fresh herbs, vegetables and a wide range of different fish and meat, Vietnamese cuisine is well known for being healthy and delicious as well. What is less popularly known is that it is not as tricky as you might think to find a meat free meal. In fact, Vietnam welcomes vegetarians with a range of dishes as many as non-vegetarian ones. Jasmine cruises halong bay

  1. You probably will not get diarrhea
Vegetarian meal

Vegetarian meal- source: internet

Probably. Generally, eating veggie in Vietnam is pretty safe although lettuce can get dirty, and reused straws washed in dirty dishwater is not exactly a five-star promise of health. Not only knowing how to do well and healthily, Vietnamese have been perfecting their cuisine for centuries. Don’t let the worry of what vegetarian dishes to eat prevent you from visiting Vietnam!

  1. You will actually be able to tell the locals that you are vegetarian
Add on không rau không thịt for vegetarian bánh mì

Add on không rau không thịt for vegetarian bánh mì- source: internet

In Vietnamese, the word for vegetarian is the super simple chay. You just say it evenly and flat  — no awkward glottal stops in the middle, no falling or rising intonation, no nothing. Just say it naturally like a robot might say it, point to yourself or your desired dish like the foreigners you are, and this is how you can get your food. You are complicating it if your waiter or waitress cannot understand that.

One thing to remember: you could also say “không thịt,” meaning no meat, but that can lead to two potential problems: “không thịt” is way easier to butcher than chay and saying “no meat” does not mean you do not enjoy things like chicken broth or fish sauce. Paradise cruises halong

  1. It is so cheap that you might think it is a scam
Vegetarian food in Vietnam is so cheap

Vegetarian food in Vietnam is so cheap- source: internet

If you are in Ho Chi Minh City, you can find short, middle-aged, weather-beaten vendors working hard at their food cart. They will be standing at a portable steel and plastic cart, where the counter is lined with the plastic shelves lined with ingredients and frying pans, which are all baked in the sun as much as their makers.

You may see a sign saying “Bánh mì” in front of this cart, but don’t fall for it: it is your favorite go-to fusion eatery, not the banh mi you used to know, that you will pay $8 for. Tell them “bánh mì hai trứng,” (that’s a bánh mi whose stuff includes two eggs), and listen to the egg sizzle while watching the pan and to make sure that they do not sneak in any pâté, tell them no meat or “không thịt.”

Vietnam welcomes vegetarians with a wide range of vegetarian dishes

Vietnam welcomes vegetarians with a wide range of vegetarian dishes- source: internet

Add on “nhiều rau” (lots of vegetables) if you are feeling guilty and add on “nhiều xì dầu” (lots of soy sauce) if you would like to feel your tongue burst into a salty, MSG-ridden high. Rau you will get there are strips of pickled cucumber and carrots, wedges of fresh tomato carved out of the fruit, and scallions and cilantro garnered from the fresh bunch at the nearest morning market. Then, they will quickly pile on the fixings into a fresh-baked, airy and soft baguette and ask you for less than $1 after wrapping it in newspaper that soon gets hot and moist to the touch.

But not the bánh mi is the only example of vegetarian fares, there are many other options that would please any frugal, shoestring backpackers. A bowl of vegetarian Pho (phở chay in Vietnamese), tofu spring rolls and a fresh watermelon — none of these will make you break out the $5 bill. Never have your palette grow weary, you can sample the local vegetarian cuisine at its finest and freshest for $1 or $2.

  1. Vegetarian food is everywhere in Vietnam
Vegetarian food is everywhere in Vietnam

Vegetarian food is everywhere in Vietnam- source: internet

The word chay can be seen on signage all over the place, so don’t worry if you have not graduated to talking to non-English speaking waiters about modifying dishes to meet your dietary restrictions. From the affordable venues to the five-star ones, mainly thanks to its large Buddhist population, vegetarian restaurants are exceptionally commonplace in Vietnam. It is easy to see signs of chay restaurants as well as traditional restaurants that have optional chay menus. Chay is everywhere in Vietnam making this place a paradise for animal-lovers.

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