5 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Hanoi
In Hanoi more and more vegan and vegetarian restaurants appear, bringing delicious vegetarian cuisines to diners. The frugal taste of the vegetarian dishes is not bland at all. Although there are some vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hanoi, the vegetarian culture is almost non-existent in Hanoi’s street art. The article is also tragic for anyone who wants to enjoy the very attractive vegan and vegeterian food in this city.
Starting from southern India, vegetarianism has now become a new culinary trend in Vietnam. Vegetarian food properly provides nutrients to help the body become healthy, while maintaining a slim figure and avoiding many diseases.
Previously referred to as “vegetarian”, people often think of the meager meals of Buddhist, temple and spiritual practitioners. But today vegetarianism is becoming more familiar, not only in the Buddhist countries but in some European countries.
There are several “levels” of vegetarianism, or types of vegetarian, starting from the most restrictive and working our way down. But basically the term Vegan is referred to people who don’t eat anything related to and derived from animals. They also avoid animal-derived items like leather, fur, ivory, horns, silk,… Other “levels” are Lacto Vegetarian, Ovo Vegetarian, Lacto-ovo Vegetarian, Pollotarian, Pescatarian, Flexitarian referred to those who do not consume a specific animal related product.
Vegetarian food is very rich in taste and processing. In each country, vegetarian food is made with traditional recipes. Even in the same country, vegetarian restaurants serve diners with different cuisines. But the similarities in these vegetarian meals are that there is no meat, so green vegetables and organic food turn into nutritious and healthy foods.
The vegetarian diet is not detrimental to the physical, mental as people say. Vegetarianism used to be compulsory. But vegetarianism today is to protect your health, purify your soul, gentle to enter the uncircumcised.
Scientific evidences also prove that vegetarian diets are very beneficial to health. In particular, vegetarians are healthier than those who are none. Vegetarian foods are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and help purify the body, eliminate toxins in the body.
So where can we find best places to get these healthy foods? Let’s follow the list below.
An Phuc – one of the most special vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Vietnam
An excellent Mock Meat Experience
Located in Thai Ha area, An Phuc does not only serve fresh vegetarian dishes but also creates a warm interior which makes customers feel like being home. Besides, An Phuc purchases the freshest ingredients to use in vegan dishes, including tofu and mock meat dishes – such as vegetarian beef noodle soups or vegan shrimps. Moreover, the staff in there are friendly and quick.
Loving Hut Nguon Coi Restaurant-A touch of simpleness in Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine
Loving Hut specializes in fresh, seasonally inspired vegan meals offering a variety of healthy dishes which are suitable for all diets. The menu is extensive, range from vegan chicken, vegan pork or ribs, and Chinese vegetable-based food, to fresh Vietnamese dishes such as vegetarian pho. This is a great place to have a vegan lunch or dinner.
When you come to a Loving hut restaurant, you can immediately feel the warm welcome from the staff and the medium to small size of the place gives them a cozy and home alike feel.
With sauces dishes from different types of mushroom, tofu and aubergine cooked in brown vegetarian gravy to deep-fried and stir-fried dishes from rice dough, bok choy, vegetarian sausage and bitter melon.
Nang tam-vegetarian restaurant – A loving place for peaceful souls
“Nang tam” is among one of the famous for vegetarian restaurant in Hanoi. The place welcomes its customers with such quiet and calm sense.
The ingredients used often used by the chefs here consist of vegetables that are common but still outstanding and mild in flavors like cauliflower, banana blossom, tofu, zucchini, mushrooms,..
“Nang tam” restaurant is attracting both local people and tourists to come and enjoy the art of cuisine there. Another great thing is that, besides vegetarian dishes as listed above, this place is also famous for its Vietnamese non-vegetarian dishes, giving customers the wide-range of food-choices.
Phat Truong Tho restaurant
Phat Truong Tho is a famous vegan and vegetarian restaurant run by local Buddhists, located near the West Lake. A lively hangout, the place has an inspiring Tibetan Buddhist décor that features two large gold statutes of Buddha. The menu features mock meat dishes such as lemongrass ‘chicken’ or Lau, the famous hot pot, here served as a vegan version. The Buddhist chants as background music and a cat roaming around the place add a special charm to the restaurant’s atmosphere.
May Trang/White Cloud restaurant
May Trang earns its reputation as one of the best vegan places in Hanoi for serving up excellent foods. The menu avoids the two things that are often the downfall of many vegetarian restaurants — too much fake meat and not enough flavor. Order anything — it’s all delicious.
Here are some vegetarian/vegan versions of Hanoi street food:
1, Stir fried Pho (no meat)
If you find a food stall that has a large black pan, you find a great stir fried Pho with tomatoes, vegetable oils and other spices. Just need to order “fried noodles without meat” for a perfect vegan street food.
2, Pho Cuon (roll) with egg
Pho Cuon is a dish made from square beef rolls and raw vegetables. But fried egg can be substituted for beef, which is widely accepted by vegetarians. At Pho Cuon stalls, you can also order fried Pho and fried corn which also are attractive vegetarian dishes.
3, Banh mi trung ( Vietnamese sandwiches with egg)
A lighter version of the most popular Vietnamese street food for vegetarians. You just need to replace meat with fried egg and cucumber, onions and chili sauce. The taste is still amazing.
4, Xoi (Sticky rice)
Xoi are usually served with different types of meat, but it’s not bad if you order this with peanuts, green beans or eggs. You can even eat the sticky rice with ice cream. Trust me, this is the best dessert ever!
5, Che (Vietnamese sweet dessert)
Che is a mixture of green mung bean paste, coconut milk and many other things. On winter, there are other kinds of hot Che called “Banh troi tau” which are made from black sesame or mung beans with hot ginger juice.
If you are a vegetarian or a vegan and you want to discover the street food culture of Hanoi, take a look at our vegetarian/vegan street food tour