Ho Chi Minh City may no longer be the capital of Vietnam, but this splendid city certainly never lost it’s charm! From it’s jaw-dropping French colonial architecture to its surprisingly complex cuisine, Ho Chi Minh City offers a little bit of everything for both the history seeker and vegan foodie enthusiast, says Adriana Pope of Vegnomad
Recently recognised by PETA as one of Asia’s top ten most vegan-friendly cities, Ho Chi Minh City is fast becoming one of the most beloved travel destinations for 2017. Ho Chi Minh City, which is still referred to by the locals as Saigon, offers vegans respite. With a large population practicing Buddhism, Saigon is filled with an extensive amount of vegan-friendly restaurants. From hand-made spring rolls filled with fresh Vietnamese herbs and tofu to colossal steaming hot pots filled with an unprecedented amount of mushrooms and local greens, the cities exciting culinary flavours are a force to be reckoned with.
A favourite amongst locals, Saigon Vegan excels at creating authentic Vietnamese dishes that are 100 per cent cruelty-free. From yellow curries made with coconut milk and taro (an exotic purple yam) to delicious stir-fries with mock meats—Saigon Vegan is an institution of affordable plant-based cuisine.
Bong Sung Vegetarian Food & Coffee Bong
Sung is famous for their outstanding vegan hot pots which are comprised of fragrant broths, and are served alongside heaps of vegetables and vermicelli noodles. The menu offers a wide range of South Vietnamese regional specialties as well as freshly made fruit smoothies. They even serve their own homemade almond milk and gorgeously presented blooming teas served over an open fire.
This Hue-style kitchen offers authentic North Vietnamese cuisine that just happens to be entirely plant-based. Try out their delicious Cuon Diep which are essentially vermicelli noodles and tofu wrapped in fresh mustard leaves that are served with a chunky peanut sauce. If you’re in the mood for some home-cooking, make sure to order the yellow curry packed with tender potatoes.