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 namaste ($4) is a salad roll that is filled with lemongrass tofu, Thai basil, lettuce, bean sprouts,cucumber, quinoa, crispy wheat crunch, peanut 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 “sliding down the sand dunes” ($9.25) is soup made with lemongrass, ginger, and peanut satay broth. This broth had a more savoury, rich, and salty taste to it. The soup was filled with rice noodles tofu, mushrooms, and lotus root.
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.