Vegetarian street foods in Hanoi

There are many Vietnamsese specialities such as phở bò (beef noodle soup), bánh mì (French baguettes) filled with slices of ham, a litle liver pate and salad, and gỏi cuốn (fresh spring rolls) usually made with pork and prawns. I love Vietnamese street food, but i am a vegetarian so i can’t stand meaty foods.

After hearing about these foods many times, and after only a day around the streets, I didn’t have much hope for vegetarian Vietnamese street food. However, as I started exploring some small side streets, heading out earlier in the morning in Hanoi and later at night, and looking at what all the street vendors had in their carts and baskets, I found that there is a lot of vegetarian street food in Vietnam!

1. Xoi Chay (Sticky Rice)

In Hanoi’s Old quarter, we stumbled upon this gentle lady selling some kinds of sticky rice. Vietnamese locals usually eat rice for their breakfast. We realised that she sell only around early in the morning everyday, and packed up by 9am because she was sold out of rice. Our favourite was white rice with chickpeas, sugar and dessicated coconut. A box of rice cost around 0.5USD, very cheap.

2. Bánh mì Chay (bread)

Bread usually has meat, however most bakeries will give you a discount if you don’t need meat and ask only for salad, cheese and fried eggs. There is a bakery on every street corner and every bakery has different fillings to choose from, so browse a few stalls and you’ll definitely be able to find one with a vegetable option.

3. Sweet Potato Cakes

If you come to Hanoi, let try it once time, i can make sure you never forget this cake. Sweet potatoes, green beans and coconut are mashed and molded into cakes, sold on the streets in Hanoi. They are very delicious with a nice smell, litle weet. Potato cakes cost VND 5000 (14p) each.

4. Besides Vegan street food, there are many kind of Vegan dishes in Vietnam such as vegan noodle or Banh Cuon…

A steaming bowl of vegan pho in Hanoi, packed with noodles, tofu and a powerful flavour kick from the fresh herbs added in after cooking, is one of the most satisfying things to eat ( you can try at any time of the day). You adjust the flavour to your tastes by adding whichever herbs you are more partial too and by throwing in as much chilli as you fancy.

5. One of the best Vietnamese dishes is Banh Cuon.

It is very simple, healthy and very delicious. Every Westerner come to this country want to try it. Banh cuon for vegetarian is a very light crepe often with minced wood ear mushroom, and onions and eaten with Vietnamese sauce, fresh vegetables, and cucumbers.

Vietnam is a very country famous for its cuisene. You can find street food or restaurants everywhere, people carrying food, fruits and endless restaurants. I can make sure that you cannot go hungry here.


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