You might think you will have to miss out on trying some fantastic street food because you’re vegetarian or vegan - this is certainly not true! My mom is vegan and eats all the dishes I eat, but in vegan style! My mom has been a vegan for the last 5 years, so I am very familiar with the selection of local places that serve up amazing animal-free food. Vegan Vietnamese food is made to look and taste a lot like chicken, pork, or noodles with meat, but all of it is made from flour powder by hard-working Vietnamese people. I promise you that on this tour you will still have the chance to sample 8-10 typically Vietnamese dishes in vegan or vegetarian style. All you need to do is let me know if you are vegetarian or vegan and any specific dietary requirements you have, and I will find the options that suit you best.
- Free pick up and drop off within 5 kilometers of your hotel
- All food and unlimited drinks (water, soft drinks, coffee)
- Fun and mind-blowing experience
- Small groups, normally 5 people max, but no extra fee for big groups and private tours
- Walking and taxi during the tour
At 5pm: I will pick you up from your hotel or our designated meeting place
First stop! We will be heading to a well-known local market to truly experience the lifestyle of local people, then we'll try some Banh Bèo (steamed rice cake) and grab a refreshing glass of sour green apple juice to wash it down with!
After experiencing the thrive of activity at the market, I will transport you into hidden alleys and small streets to discover Vietnamese favorites vegan style! We'll start off by having a tasty bowl of Da Nang's very own dish, Mi Quang - turmeric noodles with vegetables and vegan meat in a tasty broth, served with crispy rice cracker and fragrant herbs. As we eat I'll fill you in on the tradition behind Vietnam's vegetarian and vegan food.
Next we'll take a stroll around typically local areas hidden in alleyways, so you can see local homes and the vendors that set up shop outside, in and around them. While we wander, taking in the night-time sights and sounds, I’ll share with you insight into the cultures and traditions that the people of my city follow. Now it's time for the next course and this one will be served up in a classic Chay (Vietnamese Buddhist Vegetarian) restaurant! Here you'll get the chance to try plenty of vegetarian or vegan versions of popular Vietnamese dishes in a cozy restaurant setting. Typical dishes that you'll get to try are Vietnamese-style tofu (crunchy and with a flavorful dip), spring rolls stuffed with green bean and mushrooms; bánh cuốn -which looks like spring rolls but is made from soft rice paper, which is fried and stuffed with tasty mock meat made from flour powder; and a healthy broth made from fresh vegetables (soup is eaten last during Vietnamese meals).
I'm sure you are feeling full after so much amazing veggie food, so we we will start to wind down by having a light vegetarian or vegan snack. The vegetarian option is another specialty unique to Da Nang - crunchy, cracker-like rice paper pizza topped with quail eggs and green onion. The vegan option is Bánh ít – a specialty that originates from Hoi An - sticky rice cake with green bean filling, which is wrapped in banana leaf.
You'll be pretty full by now, so this will be our last stop and it will end things on a sweet note! We'll tuck into the dessert called "Che Chuoi Nuong", which is a healthy and light sweet treat made of grilled banana with coconut milk. After this it will be time to say goodbye - I hope to see you in Viet Nam again!