Minh Hien Quan Chay

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50 Tran Cao Van, Hoi An, Vietnam

Serves vegetarian versions of local specialties such as white rose not found elsewhere. Pleasant seating in a book cluttered courtyard, opposite Café 43. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Beer/Wine, Vietnamese

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First Review by iamere

Always great food - Edit

Eaten here many times and the food is always good. The pumpkin soup is the best ever.

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Banana Blossom!!! - Edit

Banana blossom salad at his restaurant may be the tastiest thing i have eaten on my trip! And the tofu stuffed with mushroom grilled in banana leaf, so fragrant with spices and really tasty!!

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So delicious! - Edit

Ordered the soy tofu which was amazing. Had a fruit platter for dessert which was a bit tasteless but good selection. Had a lovely passion fruit mojito as well. Very good value for most things and a huge vegan selection. Even meat eater friends loved it! Dangerous looking mould in the toilet though.

Pros: good vegan options, good value, tasty

Cons: mould in toilet

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Not to be missed! - Edit

So nice to find somewhere with a fully vegetarian/vegan menu. Went a little overboard and ordered lots of different dishes; all of which were totally delicious! The bok choy with mushrooms and garlic was a highlight. I think I'll go back again tonight to try a few more things!

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Fabulous - Edit

Very nice place , friendly staff , huge selections of Vietnamese dishes . almost everything is vegan . Loved the soup , the Vietnamese rolls and the banana fried . They also sell fresh beer that is fantastic . A place to try .

Pros: Good food, Nice staff , Cheap

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Brilliant food - Edit

I enjoyed the food at this restaurant so much that I went back again the next night. Lovely chilled atmosphere and great opportunity to try vegetarian versions of local Vietnamese specialities. The Pho (noodle soup) and White Rose were especially delicious and the fresh beer is also excellent!

Pros: Delicious food, Nice atmosphere and good service, Serves fresh beer

Cons: A little hard to find but well worth the effort!

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Tourist Trap - Edit

After reading the plethora of rave reviews, and wanting to try a fresh beer with our meal, my dining companion and I ventured forth to locate Minh Hien. While okay, the two 'mains' we ordered - tofu in lemongrass and eggplant in tamarind - were super-sweet and pretty basic, and served on saucers!!! Not enough to feed a child. Their 'signature dish', white rose, is basically a few pieces of rice noodle shaped into roses. While the sauce is tasty, how these people can charge more than double the price of a full 'com chay' meal for a mouthful of rice patty, without shame, is beyond me. The papaya salad, which was the highlight (listed as a 'starter', it was the only dish served on what could legitimately be termed a 'plate'), needed a good dose of chilli, lime and garlic.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-06

Pros: they serve beer

Cons: exorbitant prices, sweet uninspiring flavours, the tiniest portions I've ever seen

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Amazing - Edit

Had a late lunch here on New years day, my friend and I shared the set menu of local dishes plus rice pancakes and it was the perfect meal to kick off 2017. Cooking class also available, you choose what to learn

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Super yummy - Edit

After my trip to My Son the bus dropped us of nearby which seemed a good opportunity to try this restaurant for lunch. I'm so glad I did! I had the eggplant with lemongrass in banana leaf, it was just bursting with flavour.

I returned the same day for dinner. I had set menu 1. in particular the white rose and the wontons. Again really amazing flavours.

Best food in Vietnam!

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Best veggie place in Vietnam. - Edit

Honestly one of the best vegetarian restaurants I've ever been to. Like ever.

Everything on the menu is veggie/vegan Vietnamese and so tasty. A set menu for two is about 179,000 D, and it's a feast.

Ended up eating here for a few nights of our stay in Hoi An. I think most veggie visitors do too.

Try the banana leaf baked stuffed tofu.

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Get the Banh Mi - Edit

This place is so highly rated on Happy Cow and Google so we just had to give it a go while in Hoi an.

We ended up eating here pretty much every day for 3 days mostly because the vego options in this town are quite limited.

The setting is good, the food is ok, but slightly dull, the service is quick and efficient and they sell fresh beer for 3,000 a glass.

I liked the local specialities, we had the cau lau (spelling?) a few times and really enjoyed it. I also had the spicy bun soup which was really tasty but lacked veggies. The garlic rice was delicious and only 15,000, the tofu with fresh veg was a waste of time as it was very small and tasteless and the sweet and sour tofu was really tiny and lacked sauce.

One thing I would recommend is the veggie banh mi. It's 20,000 and is probably the best thing I have eaten during my 3 weeks in Vietnam. It's full of veggies, tofu, a mushroom pate, salad, sauce and is truly amazing.

Overall we enjoyed the food, but it definitely could be nicer and maybe bigger... Great beer though lol!

Updated from previous review on 2016-12-09

Pros: The banh mi, Cheap Beer, Lots of tofu

Cons: No mock meats, Rice isn't included, Gets pretty busy

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Favourite spot in Hoi An! - Edit

This was my favourite restaurant in Hoi An by far- maybe in all of Vietnam. Reasonable prices, nice staff, got to try veg versions of local food. The Cao Lau was delicious - lots of fresh mint! Also the passion fruit juice. We took the cooking class ($15/person) which was great- I said I was vegan and they made sure we didn't use any honey etc in the dishes we made. It was 2 hours and we made 3 dishes. Such a nice break from the rest of the tourist trap restaurants in Hoi An!!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Reasonable prices , Cute atmosphere

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Average food, slightly over priced - Edit

I was underwhelmed by the food, disappointingly as the place, the ambience is nice. I was looking forward to trying something local from the varied and interesting menu, opting for white rose. Surprisingly for a place that offers cooking classes, it was very bland. It was also expensive for veg food in Vietnam, although this may reflect the high prices in Hội An generally.

Pros: interesting menu

Cons: relatively expensive, bland food

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Delicious food, amazing service! - Edit

Definitely recommend this place.
Staff there speak English and greet you with a smile.
Food came quickly and was totally delicious.
Great modern place with cool atmosphere.
Lady smiled and waved goodbye when I left.

Pros: friendly, cheap and fast , great atmosphere

Cons: Nothing

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Good vegetarian food - Edit

They serve Vietnamese dishes and local specialties. Went here twice. All was good.

Pros: many options

Cons: no localstourist prices

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Yummmy - Edit

Cool place with customer reviews and manga everywhere! The food is cheap (29,000-45,000 for mains) and really flavorful.. Try the White Rose dumplings and the Hoi An noodles for local specialties. Also, the stuffed tofu is amazing.

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Good food - Edit

Really good food, nice staff. It is vegetarian but they have plenty of vegan options, and they understand if you say no milk or no egg.

Pros: Nice food, and plenty of vegan options.

Cons: Nothing

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Amazing food & the cooking class was fab! - Edit

There are 2 of these restaurants & they're both super great. The food is mega scrummy! I'd recommend the Hoi An garlic fried rice & the sautéed pumpkin with roasted peanuts. My boyfriend had the tofu in a clay pot & raved about it, along with the banana fritters for dessert. We also attended a cooking class at the main one in town & we loved it, just us & a cook! We chose 3 dishes & made it all start to finish. Beyond great food, & all the people are super lovely! Plus they have fresh beer for 3,000 VND! Everything was so cheap, & tasted fabulous.

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Really nice - Edit

All the food was really tasty and the service good. Definitely worth going there.
The cooking class there is real fun and I would always do it again! (Just dont choose to learn how to do the pancakes because its premixed powder so basically nothing you learn)
Only critics I have is that we learned how to do the sweet and sour soup in the cooking class and when we ordered it the other day. It was very different from what we learned and not even half as tasty.

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First Restaurant We Went To - Edit

After a bus trip from Hue to Hoi An my mum and I were both hungry and looking to find somewhere to eat. After seeing the reviews of this place it is where we ended up. We order the stuffed tofu and a noodle dish and both were so nice! After we order we saw the sign about the white rose dumplings and have since been back and tried them also and they are amazing! MUST COME HERE WHILE IN HOI AN!
The street it is on also has a few other vegetarian places so stay around this street for maximum deliciousness!

Pros: YUMMY, Cooked fresh, large menu to choose from

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Best food I had so far in Vietnam! - Edit

The food was so good!! Had tofu, garlic fried rice, fried spring rolls and aubergine. I drank the most amazing passion fruit juice. My hotel is close by so I will definately come back here during my stay in Hoi An.

Pros: the amazing food!

Cons: none, just eat here!

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amazing!! - Edit

I ate here 4 times in the three days I was in Hoi An. After my first meal, I signed up for a cooking class which was awesome. There were 3 of us in the class and we learned to make 4 different dishes of our choice off the menu. The banana flower blossom salad and the sautéed pumpkin with peanuts were both my favorite. Such a lovely staff too. And it's very reasonably priced !!! Love this place

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beautiful food and incredibly cheap - Edit

I ordered the Pho, White Rose and a Kumquat juice, and I highly recommend all of it! Food was served literally within 5 minutes of ordering. Super cheap, we got 4 mains and 2 drinks for $9USD. Walls are lined with Vietnamese comic books which were great to have a look at.

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favorite place to eat and relax - Edit

This place is amazing. Most of the items are vegan, the menu is extensive.

The price of beer is dirt cheap, like 3000 VND for one fresh beer.

The best part which I didn't see mentioned in any other review is the fact this place is covered wall to wall in manga. The front wall is open, the atmosphere is really nice. I stayed here and relaxed for a long time after eating.

I recommend the set menus. The oven braised eggplant was good, but the BEST thing was the fresh pho noodles. I don't know what they are seasoned with but it was incredible. I ordered this every time. The curry soup is okay.

my only complaint is the fact people smoke inside of here. I know that it's not en enclosed building, but that's so inconsiderate and outright disgusting. It would be better if the staff asked people to step outside to smoke.

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Ohhh...So Delicious and served with so much warmth - Edit

It was one of the best vegetarian food we have tried in Hoi An with quality ingredients and a warm heart. It is a walk from the city centre, as we entered we were warmly greeted and graciously served. This was a breath of fresh air, given that many vendors here just want to sell you anything at a ridiculously high price, sadly the attitude is grab as much money as you can with the flavour of grumpiness. My sense is it is ignorance, that they are burnt out by the tourist overload and overcome by greed. We have travelled around the world and so for this place takes it to the extreme so you learn to be sharp and tune in to your intuition. There are valuable lessons to be learned from each experience, good or bad. Each place has a gift to share. This place felt sincere. We tried the local dishes like Cao Lao, Rose dumplings....felt so good and clean after eating it and price was more than fair. I have signed up for a cooking class for Monday a.m. and they offered to take me along to the market to buy the fresh vegs so that I can experience it from a local perspective, very much looking forward to it.

Many places here add MSG, legacy of war time rationing but this place felt like it did not, I think. Please confirm.
Well Worth the effort to get here.


Updated from previous review on Saturday April 02, 2016

Pros: Quality ingredients, served with a genuinely warm smile

Cons: walk away from town, but worth the effor

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Must visit! - Edit

Amazing food and beautiful staff, highly recommend the second set menu, and banana fritters for dessert!

Pros: Tasty , Staff speak English , Wide variety

Cons: A little bit more expensive

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Amazing Cooking Class - Edit

We visited this restaurant last night for dinner. It is a wee bit out the ancient town but totally worth the comute. I had the grilled tofu stuffed with mushrooms in banana leaf and my mother had the grilled mushrooms in banana leaf. we also tried the veg white rose. Everything was super delicious and not expensive (we paid 300k for 2 persons with drinks).

We also inquired about their cooking class which we too today in the morning. It was very personal bc we were the only two participants and the owner showed us how to cook veg phô, rice pancake and spring rolls. It was absolutely delicious and despite the language barrier understandable. A balanced mixture between "show how its done" and DIY. Costs is 15 USD per person.
Without exhausting trips to the markets and no boat trip.
theres a class 11 am and 4pm, if you wanna join just go there an hour early and tell them you want to do it.

Pros: varied, authentic, cheap

Cons: none

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