Chau Veggie Express is a Vietnamese restaurant in Vancouver that specializes in vegan and vegetarian dishes. Normally Vietnamese dishes have a lot of meat in them so I was interested to see how Chau would pull off vegetarian dishes.
The namahata ($4) is a salad roll that is filled with quinoa, mung bean, fried shallots, shredded beancurd, cucumber, mint, green lead lettuce, vermicelli noodles and vegan fish sauce. This was probably my favourite salad roll that I have ever had and I didn’t miss the meat inside at all.
The salad roll had the perfect mixture of textures and a good crunch inside. It tasted really fresh and it had a slightly sweet and nutty flavour from the peanut sauce.
The “diving for pearls ($10.25)” is a soup made with a lychee and date broth. The broth was the most unique and interesting soup base I have ever had. It was really clear and fresh tasting and slightly sweet.
The soup was filled with rice noodles, tofu, mushrooms, lotus root, shredded lettuce and kale, and veggies. I really liked the fresh lettuce and kale in the soup, but I wasn’t crazy about the large pieces of cauliflower. I found them to be too chunky and didn’t really add any flavour to the dish.
I enjoyed this soup, but honestly I kind of missed having some meat in it. I feel like it could have had more substance and some more protein in it because it didn’t really fill me up.
The “candlelit lantern pho soup” ($9.25) is soup made with star anise, cinnamon and cardamon soup, tofu, lotus root, beancurd, mushrooms, herbs, daikon, and rice noodles.
I feel like the portion size for this dish was on the small side for the price and it could have used some more ingredients in it.
Chau Veggie Express is a good option for those looking for vegetarian friendly Vietnamese food. I still like my rare beef pho, but having something completely different is a nice change of pace and they have many uniquely flavoured soups.
Yes, for vegetarian friendly pho.