Vegan in Vietnam: Free Phrasebook for Travellers
‘I am vegan’
I am sure most vegans will understand the plight of ordering food in foreign countries, because – whilst ‘veganism’ may seem like a common concept for some of us – it is still not as widespread as we’d hope. This is not to say that you cannot eat vegan in most countries, you just need to know the right things to say.
Check out our travel section for more advice on vegan travel across the world:
Dodgy Phrases I’ve Used as a Vegan in Vietnam
Now, I understand what you are thinking: “But Lucy, we can just Google translate that”. However, it’s not always completely reliable. For example, when I first moved to Vietnam I translated a sentence that included the word vegan and was shown ‘cháy’ (which means burnt), instead of ‘chay’. Safe to say, I really wasn’t looking to eat burnt rice that day!
Vietnamese have many uses for the same word by using different accents. This means you have to be extra careful to get it right, otherwise you may be asking for something completely different. Pronouncing these words is a whole other ball game, which is why I advise you to carry around the phrases we have provided below.
For extra help during your stay, make sure to check out the Vegan in Vietnam Facebook group:
Trusty Vegan Guide
This is a list compiled by a native Vietnamese speaker with a knowledge of vegan food. It has been trialled and tested and has not failed me yet.
We have collaborated with the wonderful Johanna Vargas Sanchez, a vegan illustrator. She has created vibrant pictures to illustrate and visually support the phrases. We believe these will help guide anyone you present your vegan questions to.
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