Apart from the alluring beauty and welcoming culture, Toowoomba is best known for its incredible food. Serving with delicious delicacies, it brings in several cuisines for people of all different tastes and categories, be it vegetarians, non-vegetarians, or vegan. Thus, you won’t get to struggle with the food while you’re exploring the charm and charisma of this place. So, even if you’re bound to some dietary restrictions, let’s say you’re allergic to specific ingredients, or you don’t consume gluten or are gluten intolerant, Vietnamese cuisine in Toowoomba has got you all covered.
Hence, if you’re a vegan or vegetarian for that matter, here’s a list of some top dishes that are prepared as per your preferences. So, don’t forget to try them!
Remember to check out this restaurant when you are in Toowoomba for more details.
Their contact detail:
Original Saigon Restaurant,
286 Ruthven St,
Toowoomba City QLD 4350
Goi Cuon is a popular dish of Vietnam made using Vietnamese rice paper rolled around a mixture of fresh herbs, vegetables, and tofu. These rolls are usually served with a tangy peanut dipping sauce that adds on to its exotic aroma.
You can easily find a wide variety of freshly cooked Goi Cuon in almost every nook and corner of Toowoomba. Besides, if you are not held back by any specific food sensitivities and want to treat your taste buds with new delightful flavors—don’t miss trying on all the different varieties of Goi Cuon.
Pho is a traditional Vietnamese cuisine that is quite famous, even outside Vietnam, i.e., in Toowoomba. The best thing about Pho is that people with any dietary restraints can eat it without being much conscious of the aftermath. While it is basically made, including several herbs, rice noodles, beef, limes, and chilies, you can easily find the vegetarian version of it, which is known as “Pho Chay.”
Pho Chay is prepared with veggies and tofu cooked along with the vegetable stock and all the same accompaniments. Therefore it is ideal for both vegans and vegetarians. Hence, with this, you don’t get to compromise with the taste, even if you’re to switch to a new version of Pho.
Banh Mi is another popular dish of Vietnamese cuisine, which is essentially a baguette with a crisp crust stuffed with flavorful fillings— including fresh mint or cilantro, with seasoned carrots, cucumbers, and daikon radish. The filing is then layered with a protein of your choice binding with hot sauces.
While meat (especially pork) is the typical protein filling, as a vegan, you can instead ask for “banh mi chay”—which comes with charred tofu and other vegetables swapping for the protein content in your meal.
Nom Du Du
Nom Du Du (papaya salad) is something that you must never skip on during your trip to Toowoomba. It is made from fresh papaya strips, carrots along with basil leaves, sesame seeds, coriander, and lots of peanuts. Prepared using the natural ingredients, this is best for all the vegans and vegetarians out there.
However, be wary of everything that is included in your meal as some places may use fish sauce in the dressing. Thus, make sure to convey your preferences before you sit to order your food.
Banh It Tran
Banh It Tran is a delicious dumpling that will never fail to excite your taste buds. The dough for these pellets is made with rice flour and water, which is then rolled into small sheets and packed with a savory stuffing. Here the filling is usually a mixture of mashed mung beans and meat, fried shallots with spring onions.
However, as a vegan or vegetarian, you can ask for dumplings without meat served with pickles and chili dunking sauce.
Banh Xeo is a famous grub in Vietnamese restaurants located in Toowoomba, named after the loud sizzling sound made when the rice batter hits the hot skillet. These are crispy Vietnamese crepes made of rice flour and turmeric powder mixed with water—wrapped in a savory filling of shrimps, sprouts, and loads of herbs and greens.
However, you can throw in anything of your liking for the stuffing, and vegans can try on adding more greens or other ingredients, while mainly skipping the meat content. But, don’t forget to go for “Nuoc Cham” dipping, which is a tangy, sweet and spicy Vietnamese condiment, to enjoy the most of your meal.