Thien Duyen Ben Thanh

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159 Calmette, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vegetarian food restaurant with extensive menu in both English and Vietnamese. Food is made to order. Wi-Fi and power outlets available. Note it's serving milk and yoghurt drinks (Jul 2016 update). Open Mon-Sun 6:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, International, Western, Take-out, Vietnamese

32 Reviews

First Review by fatsilas

Good cheap dinner! - Edit

Very local restaurant with lots of mock meat dishes. The chicken pho was really good, the Indian fried rice was really bland but that’s my fault for not picking something local I think. Really big menu and everything is veggie which is always nice. The lemonade is really tasty too! Would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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Good food for a decent price - Edit

There’s nothing more to say. The food is delicious and you don’t have to pay a lot.

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wide variety - Edit

Went to get some takeaway, there’s no way of distinguishing between vegan and vegetarian unfortunately so I showed them the vegan passport. The waitress understood it but spoke not a single word of English so I had to hope for the best.

Pros: wide choice , all sorts of fake meats, WiFi

Cons: didn’t speak English at all, everything tasted pretty sweet

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great food / value for money!! - Edit

My family of four had lunch here - 3 buns, 1 vietnamese crepe and 4 waters. Food was great and tasty. The bill came to $8 AUD - amazing value.

Pros: great food, value for money, menu in english

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Best vegan local food in town - Edit

Having tried to work my way around as many vegan /veggie places as possible since being in this city, this is my absolute favourite!
Everything is very fresh and the service unbelievably quick! Even on New Year’s Day, when the restaurant was full to capacity, we had our food served in less than 10 minutes.
Only the male waiter seems to speak English but the menu is all translated anyway. We’ve been here 3 times in 4 days and everything we’ve tried has been incredible! I love the soups, all delicious and the spinach with mushroom stir fry was great. The spring rolls are the best we e found too. Light and crispy and non-greasy.
The homemade plant based milks and fresh fruit juices were great too.
My pineapple juice was made from fresh crushed pineapples.
No wonder this place is so popular. Seems to be more local than a tourist place as we’ve almost always been the only westerners there.
Have one day left here and will certainly be going again before we leave!
Oh and one last thing it’s very very cheap!

Pros: convenient location , excellent service , all vegan except yogurt on drinks menu

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Delicious. - Edit

Very delicious food. The tomato and soft tofu was incredible .
Seems like nobody speaks English., but that was fine.
Definitely recommend

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Maybe my go to place in Saigon?! - Edit

Great mock meat menu, I've enjoyed everything I've ordered. (Chicken and babycorn-good, fish in sweet and salty sauce- delicious and very rich, pork rolls- slightly disappointed, not much of a porky filling and a bit bland). Reasonable prices, but not cheap either.

Pros: English menu, lots of mock meats

Cons: mid price range

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best vegan pho in Saigon - Edit

Love this place reasonable price great pho 35k and I got the Thai glass noodles about 55k. Total about 4$ amazing

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best pho I've had so far - Edit

I ate here 5 times during my week in Ho Chi Minh. I got the beef pho like, every single time but also tried the spring rolls and the Vietnamese crepe. Everything was always delicious, the pho was my favorite (obviously) and it was always served with a ton of fresh herbs and REALLY spicy chili slices. Seriously, you will sweat if you eat them but it's so good with spice. The spring rolls were different than anywhere I've had yet and they were extra crispy, also served with nice fresh herbs. The lotus milk is dairy free and sweet and delicious so I got that and used it in my future iced coffees to make my own "Vietnamese iced coffee," because traditionally condensed milk is used. Not much English but there is wifi so you can google translate any specific questions or allergies.

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Sweet and sour rice - Edit

I had the sweet and sour rice with the soy bean, green bean and peanut milk. They were both delicious. The service was quick and the server was really sweet.

Updated from previous review on 2017-05-22

Pros: cheap prices, good portions

Cons: 30 second recording of a monk chanting on a loop, closed 14:30 to 15:30, Seriously, that monk chanting...

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best restaurant - Edit

Last day in Vietnam, and I finally find my favorite restaurant.
Pho is really good!!
I recommend Homemade lotus seeds milk drink

Pros: delicious food, nice staff, cheap and good drinks, clean and cozy

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A gem in the center! - Edit

We found this little restaurant by accident when the skies opened up, and we had to find cover and a quick bite to eat. The food is 100% vegan and very local and authentic. If you like mock meats, I'd recommend the chicken and rice or barbecue chicken and bread. Although there's not much English spoken, there's an English menu, so no problem. Portions are medium sized but prices are quite cheap!

Pros: Central location, cheap price, friendly family owned

Cons: Not much English spoken, Noisy street, small restaurant

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fast and tasty - Edit

The review below states that they serve meat, but it is fake meat and very tasty. I ordered a pho and it came out extremely fast and was very tasty!!! very reasonable price as well

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Ants - Edit

they also serve meat, if you ask for a vegetarian spring roll they will season it with some delicious ants crawling on your plate.

Cons: ants

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Annoyed - Edit

Food was good and came quick but while I was eating, the lady member of staff there was staring at me eating, and said something to the two customers next to her who also started staring at me and laughing.
I looked away to try and shove it off and ignore it, but looked up and all 3 of them still staring at me and laughing. Went on for about 5 minutes.
Probably to do with a 'westerner' using a fork and spoon, but really put me off my food and couldn't enjoy myself.
This is why it only gets three stars. Shame as the food was delicious.

Pros: good food, quick service

Cons: staff staring at me while I eat

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Really good food - Edit

Best vegetarian restaurant we tried in HCMC.

Pros: Many Vietnamese dishes as vegetarian options, English menu

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Fried Spring Rolls! - Edit

Spring rolls were great. They have a very extensive menu and lots of juices and teas. This is going to be my spot for the next week.

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Good, cheap food and handy location - Edit

This is a handy place in District 1, so I came here a number of times while I was in Saigon. I tried a 'beef' soup and bánh xèo pancake and both were very good. I came in regularly to get bành mì filled baguettes for brunch and they are delicious, notwithstanding the burst of chilli (only about one bite though), which is a bit hot for my taste at that time of day. I tried my friend's 'pork' rice and it was just a little dry, although did come with a sauce. Like most places in Vietnam, fruit juices come with sugar unless you request otherwise, and be aware that there are drinks containing milk and yoghurt here. Food is good and you can probably satisfy your appetite for between VND20K and VND30K (cheap).

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Great cheap lunch - Edit

This place is super local with not much english spoken by the staff, but the menu is in english and you can point at the dish you want. All dishes are vegan except for the curry and all are GMO free, which is GREAT!
They have great Banh Xeo which you should really try, and an amazing Pho Bo which tastes so real you'll be going OMG WTF :) The spring rolls are great and so is their lemongrass fried tofu. Some dishes can be a bit bland like the Korean tofu sauce but mostly its super tasty and well worth your money! And it is SO CHEAP you can eat there every day no problem!
Highly recommend going there! But don't expect anything fancy as it is a very local place but clean enough.

Pros: Great food, very cheap

Cons: little english spoken, but you're in Vientam :)

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Delicious and Big Variety - Edit

This place is very good and has a large variety. I couldn't believe the selection of fake meats...even fake fish and shrimp were available.

First I want to recommend the lotus seed milk. They make it there with no added sugar and it is by far the best drink I've ever had in my life. It's almost like vanilla coconut milk, or what a white chocolate mocha wants to be.

I have the spicy bun noodles. I forget the whole name
I also ordered pork and bread/buns for take out. This was really good and hard to believe it's not real pork, but very salty.

The location is further west than it appears on the map.

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Best Pho in Vietnam - Edit

Went to this restaurant after reading reviews on happy cow and found myself the best vegetarian 'pho bo' that I've had so far. My partner who isn't a vegetarian was shocked at how authentic the soup was without using animal products and it was presented beautifully and traditionally. The pho came with a selection of tasty vegetables and herbs and the chillies they used were nice and firey.
My partner ordered a lemongrass and chilli mock chicken dish which was rather dry and bland, but the pho saved the day.
The restaurant itself is very clean looking and the staff were very friendly and we both spoke enough of eachother's language so that we could get by!
We also had the sweetened soy, peanut milk and it was delicious.
A great meal, very cheap and somewhere that we returned to many times during our stay in Saigon. Definitely recommend.

Pros: Excellent food, Good value, Friendly staff

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Great drinks and great food - Edit

He had the passion fruit drink which was delicious. He also ordered the strir fried pho, with crispy noodles.

I had the homemade lotus flower seed milk which was very sweet, but the best "milk" I have ever had and it just costed 12k VND. Even my non vegan boyfriend loved it. I also had the stir fried pho which was very good and filling.

The staff was nice and there were locals and munks sitting there eating.

Price was cheap with and you got a good portion of food.

Facility was nothing special, it was like many "normal" facilities in Saigon.

Pros: Good food, Great drinks, cheap

Cons: nothing special about facility

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Very Pleasant Little Diner - Edit

This was truly a gem to find in Ho Chi Minh City. Although it is a small scale restaurant (not fancy), it was very pleasant and clean on the inside. Our waitress was extremely friendly and enthusiastic about vegans :) The mock meats here were very nice; the "chicken" and corn dish was really tasty. The spring rolls were unique and flavourful compared to a Western equivalent One thing I particularly loved was the homemade soy/mung/peanut hot milk. It really hit the spot. I thought I saw dairy on the dessert menu, so I'm not sure if it's 100% vegan, but I was too full for dessert anyways (and the hot milk could definitely count as one for me, after adding some sugar!) We had the pleasure of treating a monk to a vegan dinner as well while we were there, which was always nice. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience!!!

Pros: Extremely Friendly Staff, Quaint Interior, Delicious Vegan Food

Cons: Small

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horrible experience - Edit

I went to this place to have dinner, in fact I am went here for breakfast now and then as my place is close by, however recently I experience horrible services from this place and the food is extremely poor and I could be describe as shocking. A number of time there was long hair in the Broken Rice dish and other time I order Vietnamese Pancake it supposed to be crunchy but in fact it was soft like it just have 2 mins in Microware cooked, it was soft and old like it was cook last month and it even just warm instead of hot and crunchy. When I asked to see the owner to find out the reason why the dish was so shocking, the manager she seems don't care and just ignored, I paid for the pandcake dish which I did not eat it but check the changes it was shortfall by 40k that added to further insulting. I ask the waiter to check and they said it was their mistake and gave me correct change.

The owner came out to see me and say it was due to the flour which is consider to be too bad excuses, the cook came out from the kitchen telling lies to me that this pancake is just cook when I ordered, which to me was lies 100% they thought I am foreigner and from the himalaya mountain and just arrive to HCM or something and I don't know what vietnamese pancake is like when it just cook.?

I told them do not give food to your customers when that food you can't eat yourself.

Conclusion bad services, poor manners, bad people skill, which I never go back here again forever, i sure won't miss it ever.

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Thien Duyen Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City - Edit

I was there earlier this week. There's a retired guy helps out there who lived in California for 37 years. Thus for me as an English speaker there was no need to worry about a language barrier. he was pretty friendly and chatty shooting the breeze about this and that.

The food was good, inexpensive and tasty.

Pros: Vegan, Tasty & inexpensive food

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Good food, nice people - Edit

Cheep and good food. Ate a sweet and sour dish, 5 rice, 2 water and 1 juce for 85. Loved it

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Cheap vegan food - Edit

Wide ranging menu with English descriptions, though we didn't think we got quite the same dishes we ordered and no-one there spoke much English.
Lots of mock-meat dishes and some nice spicy flavours. The "chicken" was so realistic we were reassured that one of the guys had a Vegan t-shirt on and was enthusiastic to greet fellow vegans!
This is an inexpensive cafe with Formica tables and lots of Vietnamese customers.

Pros: Vegan, Cheap

Cons: Very little English

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