Over the coming few weeks I will be sharing my reviews and experiences of Vietnam. I spent a total of two weeks travelling around the country and sampling delicious vegetarian delights.
During my stay in the South, in Ho Chi Minh, I visited the War Museum which I truly recommend going. It offers moving portrayal of the history and war of Vietnam, (or as the locals say ‘American war’). It is definitely a time and place for reflection in many ways.
Prior to my visit there, I grabbed a spot of lunch at vegetarian restaurant, Hum, which is literally a minutes’ walk from the museum. Although it was one of the most expensive restaurants I visited in Vietnam, it was definitely worth the money. I might also add, I use the word expensive very loosely, as in total the bill came to around approximately £12.00 (412,000 dong).
Hum’s menu offers a delightful variety of vegetarian choices, from tofu clay pots to pad thai noodles. They also supply you with an additional menu with high quality photos of each meal, so you can see exactly what you want to order. I think this is a really nice touch and should be more frequently offered in the UK.
For starters we chose spicy chilli olives and deep fried tofu followed by pad thai and red thai curry for mains. Surprisingly the chilli sauce on the olive starter was the hottest flavour out of all the dishes but still thoroughly enjoyable. The combination of olives, chill and sweet apple worked well and I am going to use this when I next entertain. The tofu main dishes were both faultless and full of flavour.
We washed the meal down with cold ice cinnamon tea. I have to say whilst I was out there, warm cinnamon tea was very refreshing, (would you believe in 38 degree heat!) I’ve made it since being back home and it is really easy. All you is cinnamon sticks and hot water and it just involves simmering and then boiling water. I found a super quick how to recipe here.
Al in all the food was mouth-wateringly good and I would say Hum is well worth a visit if you pop along to the museum/Ho Chi Minh. If the weather is nice then you can sit in the small but comfortable courtyard. There is also one fan on the outside wall to keep you cool, depending on the heat.
I have to say I was very impressed that most places in Vietnam catered well for vegetarians, and even if menus didn’t have veggie options most were happy to substitute meat for vegetables/tofu. Stay tuned for my other vegetarian food reviews in Vietnam, coming very soon…