Ngày rằm days fall on the 1st and 15th day of each lunar month. On these days locals, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist abstain from eating meat and opt for meals containing vegetables and meat substitutes only (bữa ăn chay). They believe that doing this will help them to achieve good health and peace of mind. On these days people abstain from self-indulging in anything food or drink related. On Ngày rằm days vegetarian restaurants are crowded and reservations have to be made far in advance. Many street food vendors see little point in opening since customer numbers are not enough to make it worth their while. Vietnam offers some of the best ‘mock’ meat in the world and the dishes the Vietnamese create with vegetables are full of flavour and texture. A Viet-style vegetarian meal should be on your to-do list whilst you are in Saigon and there are some highly regarded vegetarian restaurants in the city, see below for our recommendations.
Hum restaurant : 2 Thi Sách, Dist.1 or 32 Võ Văn Tần, Dist.3
Đóa Sen Vàng: 175B Cao Thắng, Ward.12, Dist.10
Bông Súng: 86 Nguyễn Du, Dist.1
Healthy Farm: 42 Trần Hưng Đạo, Ward Phạm Ngũ Lão, Dist.1
Cơm Chay Mani: 291/2 Võ Văn Tần, Dist.3
Giác Đức: 492 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Ward.4, Dist.3