favorite vegan Vietnamese restaurant
Posted on 12 / 27 / 2013
While we enthusiastically try new vegetarian/vegan Asian restuaurants, by far this is our favorite Vietnamese/Southeast Asian vegetarian/vegan restaurant. We always come back to Bo De.
Even though I am an anesthesiologist, nutrition is my passion these days. One of the big plusses to this place is that since under new ownership, they are very open to working with our requests of less salt, oils and no fake meats. Isolated plant protein are not healthy, i.e. soy chicken, ham, beef, etc... Bo De is more than happy to substitute more vegetables for the fake "meats." This is a win win situation because it is healthier for us and less expensive for them. The fake meats come all the way from Taiwan and are quite expensive.
The new (part) owner David, caucasian Catholic guy with the shaved head, is very friendly and has done a few minor changes to make this place more presentable. They are trying to attract the dinner crowd. Students from kindergarden to college can get a free meal if they bring in a perfect report card. David has asked my kids if their report cards are perfect. I appreciate the fact that he has gone out of his way to reenforce the importance of education to my young children.
We ALWAYS eat here and always order the Bo Bia or Jicama rolls. They are even tastier than their meat containing counterparts. We also get requests to bring these rolls to parties and potlucks. They are even a big hit with my carnivorous friends. Because we eat so much of these rolls other family members now order the Bi Cuon or Imitation pork skin spring rolls for a change of taste.. The toasted rice has a wonderful flavor.
We also like their hot pots, especially with more veggies and no fake meats. One can even ask for the different broths with different vegetable platter combo. I like the thai broth with the "combo" veggy platter. The broth is a bit too spicy for the kids. Their "egg" or yellow noodle soup dishes (with more veggies and no fake meats)are also very good.
Bottom line, this was once a little hole in the wall that serves the best vegan Bo Bia and Bi Cuong rolls around. Both rolls are better than their meat containing counterparts. We also like their hot pots. They are more than happy to substitute the fake meats for more vegetables. Lastly, they no longer charge for ice water.
great food, willing to substitute more veggies
bathrooms are substandard