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PostSubject: Vegetarianism Mania   Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:07 pm

Story written by: Nyugen Ngoc Thanh Mai

Most Vietnamese are Buddhists and many have come to adopt Vegetarianism as a way of life. Increasingly however, vegetarians are not just restricted to Buddhists, but also free thinkers, Christians or anyone who believes that eating vegetarian food is really good for health. In short, vegetarianism, which has its roots in religious beliefs, is becoming more of a popular trend.

A plant-based diet including fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, nuts, and seeds, with or without dairy products and eggs are a vegetarian’s main ingredients. Because of its healthy green recipes, strict vegetarian food has been proven to protect vegetarians from obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, etc. Some research has also shown that Vegetarians live about seven years longer than meat eaters. Last but not least, you will have a desirable healthy body when following a vegetarian plan.

Interestingly, Saigon youngsters have really taken to vegetarian meals since they are cooked as deliciously as meat. In Vietnamese cooking, thee are hundreds of recipes for you to choose from to diversify your meals. So if it is healthy and delicious, why not have a go? Below are some of the best vegetarian delights which can be found in Saigon.

Famous for its mock meats

Au Lac Vegetarian Stall
60 Tan Vinh str., Ward 6 Dist.4, HCMC
+848 3826 5856

This is a very famous stall especially for those who live in District 4. By developing their own recipes and modifying others, customers never get fed up with what the stall offers. Amongst its most recommended dishes are its vegetarian grilled ribs, vegetarian roast chicken and vegetarian beef steak.

Good food at affordable prices

Nang Tam (Ms Tam) Rice
384/40, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia str., Ward 8, Dist. 3, HCMC
+848 3848 3874

Located opposite the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, Nam Tam rice is a well decorated and neatly seated stall. It offers well diversified choices at affordable prices. On its menu are must try dishes made from bamboo shoots which are freshly imported from Quang Ninh city.

Highly healthy and nutritious

Thuyen Vien Vegeterian Rice
1-13 Nguyen Van Dau str., Ward 5, Phu Nhuan Dist., HCMC
+848 3843 2643
+848 3843 3050

This vegetarian stall offers you one of the most nutritious recipes without having worry about nutrition when following a strict vegetarian schedule. From only about 0.50usd a dish, you'll be spoilt for choice at the sheer variety available here. You may want to try some traditional snacks such as “banh beo”, “bo la lop”, noodles, and even mini steamboats
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