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Vegetarian Vietnamese Dishes

One of the great things about Vietnamese food is that it’s usually a very healthy choice. The emphasis on vegetables in most Vietnamese dishes has a lot to do with this. Despite the popularity of vegetables fully vegetarian dishes aren’t the norm. Vegetarians are relatively rare in Vietnam. As such most varieties of Vietnamese food combine vegetables with meats like pork and shrimp. But that doesn’t mean that a vegetarian can’t enjoy Vietnam’s culinary heritage.
One of the most popular dishes served by Buddhist monks in Vietnam is pho chay. Chay is a Vietnamese word that designates a dish as vegetarian. It’s a great choice for anyone seeking the flavor of Vietnam while following vegetarian standards. There are all sorts of vegetables and spices that can be used making this dish. Pepper, green onion, ginger, cinnamon and more come together to create a delicious blend of flavors that sets this dish apart. You don’t need to taste meat to understand why pho is the unofficial food of Vietnam.
Just because you can’t see any meat it doesn’t mean that no meat was used in the cooking. This is especially true when it comes to soup. Vietnamese soups like pho often used meat-based broths. You can ask for a bowl without meat and still get served this sort of broth. Some will consider this acceptable, others won’t. If you are a vegan you definitely want to ask if there is meat-free broth available.
Another great vegetarian option is meat-free spring rolls. These rolls made with rice paper are a very common side that comes with many dishes in Perth. Get more information here about vietnamese restaurant in Perth. Most of the people in Perth have variety of food salads that love while eating. The usual meats can easily be replaced with tofu or some of the many vegetables used in Vietnamese cooking. Fresh spring rolls, known as goi cuon, are more likely to be vegetarian than cha gio, the fried version of the food. You may hear this dish referred to as an egg-roll, but oddly enough it’s not made with egg. The nickname comes from it’s visual similarity to the Chinese dish. Goi cuon is one of the few egg-rolls that even vegans can enjoy guilt-free.
Remember to look around. Every Vietnamese restaurant is different in one way or another. Some are more vegetarian-friendly than others. Interestingly enough it’s easier to find vegetarian and vegan Vietnamese restaurants outside of Vietnam than it is in the country itself. That’s partly because of the culture’s emphasis on meat as part of a well-rounded diet. With that said there are Buddhist run vegetarian restaurants to be found in Vietnam.
There are all sorts of options available for vegetarians interested in Vietnamese food. If you are vegetarian or are looking for Vietnamese catering and know you’ll have vegetarian guests you shouldn’t have to look for to find suitable alternatives. Just remember to call up the restaurant of your choice and see what they can do for you. Many are more than happy to serve you dishes with the meat removed. Even those unused to vegetarian food will find that Vietnamese food is delicious, with or without meat.

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