Do Chay: New Vegetarian/Vegan Vietnamese Restaurant on Kingsway

Do Chay is a new Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsway that features vegetarian and vegan authentic Vietnamese cuisine, with a modern twist. It belongs to the same owner as House Special and Green Lemongrass. Currently, it is at the soft-opening stage, which serves during lunch time. The menu is quite extensive to include Vietnamese street food, noodle bowls, and rice bowls. It also offers cocktails and Vietnamese iced coffee. I am invited to a media preview before its grand opening on May 18, and the food is unique and delicious!

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Bambu

I was very excited when I heard there is a newly opened dessert place in my neighborhood. Bambu features Chè or Vietnamese home-made beverages, dessert drinks, and puddings. With over 70 locations in the U.S., the first store in Canada finally arrived in Vancouver. Since the store is very close to my house, I just can’t resist to come here more often. Continue reading “Bambu”

Food Crawl Stop #2 – CHAU Veggie Express

I have to admit that I’m not a veggie lover, and most of the time, I think I’m “allergic” to vegetables! But I really like our second food crawl stop – CHAU Veggie Express. It is one of the most popular restaurants on Victoria Drive, which serves traditional Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine. Most of the dishes here are also gluten-free. They also have a location in Granville Island, but I personally think the new location is way more accessible.

CHAU Veggie Express is a self-served restaurant, where you order at the counter and seat wherever you find comfortable. Since it is called “Express”, the food comes out fairly quick, so customer turnover rates are fairly high. We ordered four items to share.

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Food Crawl Stop #1 – Hoi An Cafe

My foodie friends and I went for a food crawl last Saturday in the Kensington area. We went 6 different restaurants to try some of their signature dishes. Starting from today, I will blog about one restaurant per day for the next 5 days. So here we go!

The first stop is Hoi An Cafe, the only one Viet restaurant that serve authentic Central Vietnamese food in Vancouver. We ordered some of the signature dishes to share, which includes their infamous Mì Quảng, an authentic Vietnamese turmeric noodle dish, Cafe Sữa (Vietnamese Ice Coffee), and much more!

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Cafe Xu Hue

Located on the same block as Sushi by Yuji, Cafe Xu Hue is probably one of the most recommended Vietnamese restaurant in this neighborhood. A lot of foodie friends said that it is famous for the Bún bò Huế.

What is Bún bò Huế?

I did some research on this, because to be honest, I do not know what it was until I entered the restaurant. So, bún means rice vermicelli, and bò means beef. This famous dish is originated from Huế , which was the former capital located in Central Vietnam. The soup base usually contains a great balance in spicy, sour, salty, and sweet flavor. Continue reading “Cafe Xu Hue”