Banh Mi Chay is the vegetarian version of the famous Vietnamese snack Banh Mi. It is a French style baguette sandwich filled with tofu, cheese or fried eggs. You can even choose to have your Banh Mi filled only with vegetable salad filling. Banh Mi is relatively inexpensive, especially if you choose to get it filled with vegetarian filling. Banh Mi is a popular Vietnamese street food and one vendor or the other is bound to have a vegetarian version of it.
Banh Khoai Tay Chien or deep-fried Potato Cakes are made by mashing sweet potato, coconut and green beans all mashed, moulded into cakes and cooked or fried till golden brown. They are served with a peanut dipping and spices. Potato Cakes, a vegetarian Vietnamese snack enjoyed by all, hold high nutritional value and cost around VND 5,000 per piece. They are available on street stalls throughout the country.
Dau Sot Ca Chua is an authentic vegetarian Vietnamese dish which consists of yellow tofu pieces with slices of tomato, green onion and Vietnamese herbs. The dish offers a flavourful medley of soft tofu and fresh tomatoes and is best served with steamed rice. It costs around VND 8,000.
Rau Muong Xao Toi is one of the healthiest Vietnamese dishes. It's made by picking out fresh water spinach and frying it with garlic and other Vietnamese herbs and served with a topping of peanut powder. This dish is available in almost all restaurants across Vietnam.
Cai Xao Nam is a vegetarian Vietnamese dish made by frying bok choy with shitake mushrooms, served with steamed sticky rice and tofu pieces. The flavour of the shitake mushrooms is brought out by the bok choy and the mushroom or soy sauce that it is fried in, making it one of the most exquisite dishes of the vegetarian food in Vietnam, and an absolute must try.
Che Chuoi is a delicious Vietnamese dessert made from a type of banana called Chuoi Xiem. Cooked in coconut milk with sago pearls, Che Chuoi has a sweet and creamy flavour, a delicate banana scent, and looks like pudding. A little bit of roasted peanut topping counterbalances the creamy flavour and adds a splash of colour to the dessert. It costs around VND 10,000 per bowl.
Che Troi Nuoc is a kind of glutinous rice dumpling, filled with mung bean paste and cooked in sweet ginger syrup. The name translates to 'floating on water' because when boiled, the balls rise from the bottom of the pot to the broth's surface. Che Troi Nuoc is served hot, topped with white sesame and occasionally with some coconut milk. The golden gooey syrup adds a sweet flavour and an aromatic ginger fragrance to the sweet broth. It is a common street food in Vietnam and costs about VND 10,000.
Che Bap is a Vietnamese pudding made with sweet corn, glutinous rice, and topped with thick, syrupy coconut milk and toasted sesame seeds. It can be eaten warm or cold, as a snack, at any hour of the day. The natural sweetness of corn combines with the creamy coconut milk in a chewy texture of glutinous rice and makes for a delicious sweet treat. It costs around VND 8,000 and is available throughout the country in street stalls and restaurants.