Taste of Asia: Vietnam
10th February 2013
Definitely the most popular and well known restaurant must be Pho, a chain with branches all over London. Pho has several dishes that are vegan friendly and if you like your food with a bit of a kick like me it hits the spot.
On our last visit I had the curry which has to be one of my favourite dishes there, creamy sauce and lots of it as well as a generous portion of veggies and chewy fried tofu. Even I didn’t need to add any of the extra chilli condiments that were on the table.
Sash went for the cold noodles which was essentially a starter and main in one as it came with a plentiful supply of crispy fried spring rolls.
City Caphe is very near my work, and last year Chao Now opened. Both these places serve banh mi, quite a recent discovery for me. It is born out of their French colonial period and is a marriage of the French baguette and Vietnamese ingredients.
Although I was told all the vegetarian options were vegan over email by Chao Now, we spotted them using mayo and butter on the baguettes so asked for without once in the shop.
Of the two the City Caphe was better, there was barely any tofu in my Chao Now version although Sash opted for her Chao Now in a box with rice and it had a plentiful supply.
The bread definitely plays a big part of it, the baguette itself should be crispy, but I managed to compensate with an awesome filling when I made my own version.