Being vegetarian is easier when in Saigon because a lot of Vietnamese food are already vegetarian friendly with just a little adjustment. In addition to the food, the country is also rich in fruits that you can enjoy for snacks and as siding for your meals. There’s also Halal food available if you’re Muslim. 

Vietnamese vegetarian food fare includes spring rolls (fresh and fried), tofu (prepared in an astonishing number of ways including deep fried with lemongrass and chilli), meatless phở (made with shiitake mushrooms and vegetable broth), all sorts of steamed, boiled and pickled vegetables, salads, fruits, and even mock meats (fish, chicken legs and duck) shaped and textured to imitate the real thing. These imitation meats can possibly serve as painless veggie introductions to your dubious meat-eating friends.

Are all vegetarian restaurants purely vegetarian in Saigon?

No, not all are strictly Vegetarian. It depends on the target market of the restaurant you are visiting. Keep in mind that unless you are tucking in at a strict vegetarian or vegan restaurant, dishes are likely to contain animal ingredients in the forms of fats, broths, sauces, or condiments. Your stir-fried morning glory and tofu may have been sizzled in a shallow wok of pork lard so it is important to ask the waiter or restaurant staff before ordering your meals. If you are serious about your vegetarian diet, stick to restaurants and street vendors who specialise in such types of cooking rather than relying on meatless menu requests at establishments catering mainly to meat eaters.

What vegetarian restaurants are there in Ho Chi Minh City?

Cỏ Nội

61-63 Hai Ba Trung, D1; +84 28 3823 5818

Centrally located restaurant to entertain your vegan visiting friends.

Hum Vegetarian

2 Thi Sach, D1; +84 28 3823 8920

Outstanding vegetarian food with a unique Thai twist. Book in advance if you want to have a spot.

The Organic

54 Ly Van Phuc, D1; +84 28 3820 0278

Dishes are made with locally grown organic food only.

Chay Thiện Duyên

505 Xa Lo Ha Noi, An Phu, D2; +84 28 6683 8999 / +84 927 896 869

That is one of the largest vegetarian only restaurants in the city. They have lunch and dinner buffet everyday with more than 50 vegetarian dishes.

Prem Bistro and Cafe

204 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 6, D3+84 28 6279 9920

Hum Vegetarian, Café & Restaurant

32 Vo Van Tan, D3; +84 28 3930 3819

Mani Vegan

291/2 Vo Van Tan, D3; +84 28 3832 9206

Vegetarian Restaurant Sân Mây

771 Le Hong Phong, D10; +84 28 3507 1628

Loving Vegan Kitchen

450 Dien Bien Phu, D10; +84 28 6270 0177

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