Dam

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71/20 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An, Vietnam

Quan Chay Dam is a family-run eatery where you choose from different veggies and soy meat dishes, rice, and noodle soup. Located in small alley in town center that is difficult to find - please send exact map coordinates. It's between Le Loi and Hai Ba Trung. Take the alley mid-block to the south, toward the river, from Phan Chu Trinh for 30 meters and find the restaurant on the right. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Buffet, Take-out, Vietnamese

39 Reviews

First Review by rach

Cheap eat in Hoi An - Edit

We ate here 3 times as we were trying to save some money. You get quite a lot of food for what you pay - you get given a plate of rice and you can choose from a selection of around 15 pre-made dishes including a few mock meat items priced around 5000 per item. Apart from the rice, all of it is ambient temperature including the soup that you get with the meal so it doesn’t feel the freshest (hence the 4 stars) but it is cheap and it is darn tasty.

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Cheap and less choice - Edit

They had a menu but they only had 2 dishes. We ordered them both. A noodle soup and a pho with tofu. Not so tasty and a bit cold. There where many locals, all eating the same. We only had to pay 40k for the two dishes together.

Pros: Very cheap

Cons: Not so tasty and only two choices

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Amazing value in centre of town !! - Edit

We had the Pho and the bun bao and both were top notch & unbeatable value esp in Hoi An :))) don't expect amazing service or ambience but of course this is expected for the price. Great lunch spot

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Honest and cheap, most recommended - Edit

I ordered Quang noodle (best one, 15k dongs), Pho noodle soup (number two, 15k dongs) and Chao Lau special (not recommended, nothing special compared to the other two, 15k dongs), as well as Banh Bao (they are delicious, 8k dongs a piece). The buffet contains a selection of foods, probably 20k for a plate. Small selection of drinks, no beer. Non-smoking throughout. Generally for the price you won't get anything tastier in Hoi an. The staff doesn't speak English, the menu has no pricing (they let me write prices in pen, not sure how long this will last;)), so be a little patient. Honest food, though needs some extra spicing at the table (sauces, limes and chilli are all there). If you're on a budget then you won't be disappointed!

Pros: Cheap, large portions, fresh and tasty

Cons: Hard to find, Cow's location isn't accurate (yet?)

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Best food - Edit

Go there early (12pm) and there is a big buffet selection to choose from. Lots of veggies, noodles, tofu and fake meats. I had a plate without fake meats, just rice, noodles, and lots of veggies, and it cost 20K. Try the steamed buns!! Best ever!

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Best veg food in Hoi An - Edit

By far the best veggie meal I've had in Hoi An. And you can't beat the price either (~1 USD). I had delicious banh bao (steamed bun) and Cao Lau (Hoi An specialty). Don't miss this spot!

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Worth seeking out - Edit

If you don't know where you're going, it could be a little bit tricky to locate. Head down the alley between 69 & 71; you'll eventually spot it on your right.
It's a straightforward buffet: rice with a mix of vegetable, tofu & mock meat dishes (with other options available a la carte). The exact options vary day-to-day, and the price seems to depend on what you choose (from roughly 15-30vnd, or 1-2usd).
Not much English here, but lots of smiles & chatting across languages.

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good, cheap food - Edit

It's a little tricky to find this place at the end of a small alley, but the all-vegan food there is unbeatably cheap and definitely worth searching for it. Both the pho and the "special local" dish were delicious and just 15.000vnd each. Paired with a large dumpling, we only paid 38.000vnd total, so less than 2$ for everything! Serves all the basics of a Vietnamese local kitchen. Definitely will go back again soon!

Pros: friendly staff, tasty food, low prices

Cons: address difficult to find

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Cheap, fast, good - Edit

The headline says it all! You get a plate of mixed delicious vegan food choices (vegetables/mock meat) with rice and a soup for 30.000 VND.
The staff is a bit harsh but this restaurant concept is not about becoming friends with each other I guess.

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Good place for a cheap lunch - Edit

A good place for a delicious lunch at low cost. I enjoyed the variety of the different dishes. You will even get a soup and some water/tea for free. If you had enough of the fancy tourist places that's the place to eat. I are here many times.

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Cheap and tasty - Edit

Little and local vegan restaurant with a a very cheap buffet where you can try some Vietnamese food . Good mock meat and rice .

Pros: Cheap

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tasty but greasy - Edit

Vegan buffet with some tasty but greasy mock meat options. Prices vary according what you order. Starting price is 35k. No fresh options, everything is either fried or boiled. Friendly staff.

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Cheap and cheerful - Edit

Great value for money as £1 a plate depending on how much mock meat you have. The food was all cold and the lady didn't let us help ourselves to the buffet she served us with just a little of each item so I asked to serve myself which she agreed to

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Cold

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Overcharging with a smile - Edit

This is a buffet style vegetarian with a good selection of mock meats and veg. It's a cheapie so don't expect anything amazing. The food is always pretty cold but you get a good sized plate and lots of tastes to try.
We stopped going after it became progressively more expensive each time they saw us. The first time it was 20,000 VND, then it became 25,000 and then 30,000. We ordered a really small portion the third time as we came for a snack. They over charged us all the same.
Still, this place is a good option in a town where it's hard to find good vegetarian food.

Pros: local prices at first, good selection , open all hours of the day

Cons: over charging, all the hot food is cold

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buffet très abordable - Edit

100.000 vnd for 4 people (2adults/2kids).
petit restaurant buffet qui ne paye pas de mine mais le choix est varié et la nourriture est de qualité.

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Lots of food! - Edit

40,000 vnd and was completely stuffed. I got everything but you can chose what you want. I would pick less of the fake meat options and get more of the veggies next time. My stomach hurt a little afterwards, so maybe I ate too much or ate too much fake meat. Anyways, such a good option if you are vegan and hungry and you want to navigate the crowded city center!

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Good Food and Reasonably Priced - Edit

I found the restaurant after some effort; it is a ways down the alley off the street address. The food was good and reasonable, ready to eat buffet. The communication wasn't easy. I would return.

Pros: Good Food, Several Choice at Buffet, Reasonably Priced and Very Clean, Ready to Eat Buffet

Cons: Tricky to Find

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Awesome - Edit

We went here three times in a row. I ate the most delicious eggplants I've ever had and the mock meat is also genious (caramellized soy meat(?) with coconut strips inside).

They have a buffet with 10 or 12 different foods which were both days the same. For a big plate we paid 40'000 and were satisfied for the next 8 hours.

We can only recommend this place.

Pros: Delicious, No MSG, Inexpensive, big portions

Cons: Well hidden

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Pleasant Surprise & Exceptional Meal - Edit

I was a bit apprehensive about trying Quan Chay Dam (Quan chay means vegan in Vietnamese) but I am SO glad I did because the meal was exceptional.

When you walk in, there is one menu on the wall and a small buffet. Someone who worked there was eating and asked what we wanted. My carnivoresque husband opted for the first noodle dish (Maekong Noodkes I think..) and I got the buffet. I was handed a plate of white rice and chose between about 9 items. I took a little of everything. We got 2 diet cokes and our total was $3.

Let me tell you... I was blown away by how tasty the food was. The mock meats were crispy and so flavorful. Even the tofu, which appeared plain, was exceptionally flavored. By the time I fjnished my plate I coukdnt even touch the soup that came with my meal.

As a tip, from the main road you will see a shop that is 71. Go down the alley and you will see 71/5 and 71/12... Just keep going until you reach 71/20. We had no trouble finding it and it's clearly labeled outside.

Highly highly impressed.

Pros: Cheap , Delicious , All Vegan

Cons: Limited English, Hot just like everywhere in Hoi An

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INCREDIBLE hole in the wall - Edit

Not super easy to find but a local helped us, after trying to get us to go in her shop for 20 minutes. Definitely a hole in the wall. No one spoke English. Menu on the wall had 6 dishes and listed in English. We chose pho and chicken fried rice. Both were out. So we got bun and something else. Both were excellent. I loved it. We sat at a table that was the door to the house and a girl was laying on bed, watching tv. It was very hot and the owner took a fan from inside to cool us off. 2 entrees, a soda, and a water were $3. Plan to go back before we leave!

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Budget freindly - Edit

This was another place we were looking for and walked right across it atleast a couple of times. Located in a small alley it's a very simple eatery meant for locals, so they don't really cater to tourists. In fact thats possibly the reason they are not overjoyed to see tourists in their place. But for tourists like me, its always a matter of joy to walk in to a 'vegan restaurant' especially when most of the veg food options in other places always have a strong after taste of fish or eggs.
Anyways after a bit of confusion about ordering I pointed to a noodle broth on banner they had up. Be warned, they just didn't have forks, so be prepared to use chopsticks
Thankfully we had a wonderful young local couple sharing the table with us. They helped me with the ordering, Gave me an explanation of what I had ordered and how to eat it) and finding out about the forks. Overall a fun experience and the food was pretty good. And its really inexpensive

Pros: Sweet simple place

Cons: no forks!

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cheapest pho chay in town - Edit

been here a few times since ive been in hoi an. pho is pretty good for 15,000d(75 us cents). they have the typical buffet type deal. its all really good. the karela(bitter gourd) was done better than ive ever had. eggplant was ab-fab. plenty to choose from and its not the same every time i go. maybe its the time of day. dunno. when i eat there i get stuffed for less than 40,000(2usd). its not the cleanest place or nicest. but we are in vietnam. who cares. its like camping. we all like camping right?

Pros: real vietnamese price, real vietnamese food, real vietnamese filth

Cons: hard to comunicate, again, who cares

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Nice, authentic family restaurant - Edit

Almost everything has been said about this place in the other reviews. Apart from the dishes on the menu and the buffet they also sell tasty buns with tofu, lettuce and the like (great for trips etc as you don't often find ready made vegan food on the way).
I think the food quality is good but not outstanding. I still find this "excellent" for what it is: very cheap - you have to eat a whole lot to even spend more than two dollar - and quite authentic. Here you get a vegan version of the Hoi An "Cao Lau" noodles, as well as the "chicken rice". Make sure to try the " fish" tofu rolls from the buffet: they look like spring rolls, but are filled with tofu and seaweed. Haven't seen them elsewhere yet and loved them.
Tea is for free like in most of the small family restaurants.

Note: Don't be irritated if they won't come to your table immediately, just go over and order. They are not really excited about nor bothered by tourists, which is quite a bless compared to the rest of Hoi An. The main part of their customers seems to be Vietnamese which is another plus!

Pros: Cheap local food

Cons: Hardly any English

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Nice Local Food - Edit

We went here twice and tried almost everything on the menu (there are 2 noodle dishes, 2 soups, fried spring rolls and mock chicken rice). It was all quite good, not amazing, but good. And it's cheap - 30,000 vdn ($1.50) for two plates. Worth a visit as it is one of, if not the only, cheap veg/vegan options near city center.

Pros: Price, Local Foods, Location

Cons: Lacks Flavour, Small Menu

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delicious buffet - Edit

Delicious local eatery on a side street. We ate here 3 times on our trip and they always had different dishes and soups. Big buffet of vegan meats and gluten style dishes plus soups. Costs 20,000-30,000 dong depending how much you pile on. Was delicious the first two times we went there, but the third time was in between meal times approx 3pm, a lot of the dishes had run out and what was there was cold and had been sitting for awhile. Best to go at meal times

Pros: variety, cheap, delicious

Cons: not cooked fresh for you so go early or dinner tim

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Best budget vegan food in Hoi An - Edit

This place is so amazing. The food is excellent, they have 6 dishes to order on the menu and a hot buffet with rice. If you want the buffet just make the staff aware behind the counter and point at which dishes you want. The pumpkin is very good and a large selection of deep fried mock meat goodies. The noodle dishes are excellent and good size portions. The homemade soya milk is also worth a try (it is sweetened). We have eaten here twice, 2 noodle dishes 2 soya milks and spring rolls = 80,000 vnd. 2 hot buffet = 50,000!
Not too difficult to find, it's the first alley way off le loi, keep waking until you see 71/20. Clearly marked vegan throughout.

Pros: Cheap, Tasty, Soya milk

Cons: Slightly off the beaten track, Limited menu choices

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Friendly, cheap vegan fayre - Edit

Really liked this wee place. It is mainly frequented by locals and the food is good and plentiful.
The owner speaks very good english and was very helpful. Highly recommend it.
It is fantastic value!
Not the easiest to find: from the river head up Le Loi and turn left in the lane just before the nursery on the right. follow the lane and after a sharp bend right the restaurant is on the left.

Pros: good food, cheap, local

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