How easy is to be a vegan in Hoi An
As a vegan traveller, it could be challenging sometimes to find animal-free food. I thought, that Hoi An is another destination where we have to put a lot of research into and planning before finding a vegan-friendly eatery. On the contrarily, Hoi An proved us wrong. If you are planning to travel to Vietnam, Hoi An should be one of the must place to visit on your list.
My husband and I spent three days In this gorgeous town before we returned to the place we rented in Da Nang.
Here I am going to share with you all the vegan/plant-based places we found in Hoi An.
Vegan Zone, is one of our favourite vegan restaurants in Hoi An which we ended up eating more than once. The restaurant offers International and Vietnamese delicious vegan dishes and super healthy drinks which are organic and locally sourced ingredients.
The restaurant is also eco-friendly and using biodegradable straws.
One of their popular dishes is potato cake served with salad and sauce. They were really tasty and made to perfection.
Address: 191 Nguyen 197 Nguyễn Duy Hiệu, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam
Cost 55VND approx $2.40
Rice Noodle Soup is a traditional Vietnamese soup. Noodle soup is served fresh vermicelli, mushroom stock, fried tofu, fresh herbs and topped with homemade Rieu cake made with tofu, wood ear mushroom, roasted rice powder. This dish is full of flavours and If you are looking to taste a traditional Vietnamese vegan dish is definitely the one to go for.
Cost 60 VND approx $2.60
We also tried eggplant crepe which had tomatoes, cashew nuts, mint, aubergines, basil and olive oil. It was a very unusual dish with unique taste.
Cost 55 VND approx $2.40
And of course, to wrap up our feast we ordered Banana desert and a Sorbet as a naughty treat. The banana rolls had a banana wrapped in rice paper and served with chocolate sauce and cashew nuts. They tasted very good. It probably would taste divine with the sorbet if the sorbet hadn’t been eaten first 🙂
The other thing to note, if you are not too keen on soya sauce the super friendly staff is happy to replace it with mustard sauce instead.
Banana Rolls Cost 45,000 VND approx $2.00
We also tried fresh spring rolls and they were fantastic. Cost 45,000 VND approx $2
It‘s a perfect place for breakfast, lunch and dinner and that’s why we visited this restaurant every single day while staying in Hoi An.
The prices might not be the lowest for Vietnam however, the food was still affordable and it tasted good.
Minh Hien 3
Minh Hien 3 is a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options. The main attraction of this restaurant is a spectacular open air-garden. It is so beautiful and has a pond of white lotus and small fishes.
We were on the way to check out one of the vegan restaurants and because it was raining, we decided to have a drink at Minh Hien 3 and wait for the weather to get better. Unfortunately, we couldn’t seat in the garden, however, when rain slowed down we saw the garden for a very short time.
The menu was large with many vegan options (are not labelled) or can be made vegan.
We ended up ordering fresh Vietnamese rolls which were full-flavoured and tasted delicious but the size of the dish was very small. So if you are very hungry you might have to order a few dishes.
Address: 29 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng
The restaurant is also offers cooking classes.
The price is admittedly higher than other Vietnamese food in the area because of the location and its beautiful garden. The place is definitely worth a visit for a special occasion.
Quan Chay Dam – Ba Dam Vegetarian Restaurant Cheap & Cheerful
Quan Chay Dam is one of the popular cheap & cheerful eateries in Hoi An. They have a variety of vegan dishes offering a buffet or order from the menu. Although the restaurant “Chay” means vegetarian, the dishes are all vegan made from soy meat, rice, noodle and various veggies.
Address: 71 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng. The eatery is located between Le Loi and Hai Ba Trung.
If you decided to go for a buffet, you can have rice and four vegetable dishes of your choice which will cost 30,000 VND approx $1.29.
We decided to order from the menu Cao Lau (thick noodles) with mock meat and veggies. And also rice dish with aubergine and vegies. The portions were a good size and the food tasted pleasing and fulfilling. Each dish came with a little coupon stating the price which you take up to the counter when you’re finished to pay.
Rice dish cost 35,000 VND approx $1.50
We also had a steam bun which tasted good unfortunately couldn’t eat fried spring rolls as they were dripping of oil.
Although the price might be super attractive some dishes might not be as healthy as they look. They use a lot of oil and if you are health conscious, this eatery might not be your choice.
Quan Chay Nhat Da
A family-owned restaurant is small but nice. The place is decorated with pictures representing veganism.
Warning! The food is vegan however some drinks may contain dairy milk. They also use MSG but No GMO.
Address: 98 Phan Chu Trinh, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam
It was our first place we ate in Hoi An and when we arrived we were only the people to be served as it was getting late and the restaurant was going to close in an hour.
We had spring rolls, a banh mi and the mock meat noodle dish it tasted good. We particularly liked banh mi and ended up ordering more. We also ordered two herbal teas, unfortunately, the teas were very sweet (too much sugar in them) and we decided to leave it.
The food was reasonably priced. The owner of this restaurant is a vegan and she also does cooking classes.
Quan Chay Nhan Duyen
Another budget, vegan restaurant which is popular for vegan “junk” food especially for pizzas, burgers and chips, sandwiches. They also offer Vietnamese dishes and we ended up ordering Vietnamese fried spring rolls as a bite. The food is here all vegan and very cheap.
Address: 69 Hùng Vương, Phường Cẩm Phổ, Hội An, Quảng Nam.
Cost approx 25,000 – 30,000 VND – $1.30
There are so many vegan options available in Hoi An. We were very surprised and delighted at the same time. This the most beautiful town in Viet Nam is small and all the vegan places can be reached by walking distance.
When you are next in Hoi An, let me know what vegan places have you visited. What was your favourite vegan restaurant and why? Would love to hear from you.