Healthy food is infamous for being bland and boring. But, Vietnamese food defies this ‘bad’ reputation. It is one of the world’s healthiest cuisines and bursting with flavor.
If you like Vietnamese food or want to give it a try, it can be a little challenging to find vegan-friendly options in the US. But, not if you live in West Jordan, Utah, because the city has Vegan Bowl, a family-owned café serving vegan Vietnamese food.
Interested to know what this small café has to offer? Let’s look at the Vegan Bowl menu to find the available options. Hint – you’re in for a treat!
|Fun Fact: Vegan Bowl uses reusable take-out containers, which shows that their vegan commitment is not just limited to avoiding animal ingredients, but they also care for the environment. The restaurant also offers a small discount to customers who bring back clean take-out containers on their next visit. The discount offered is minimal, but it is a great way to promote sustainable practices.|
Vegan Bowl Menu
Vegan Bowl may not be a big name in the restaurant industry, but its menu is no less than any leading restaurant chain.
Moreover, all the items are 100% vegan-friendly, so you don’t have to pick and choose and can order anything and everything you want right off the menu.
Since Vegan Bowl has a large menu, it’s divided into multiple categories for customers’ convenience. These include:
- Noodle Soups
- Noodle Salads
- Stir-Fried Noodles
- Banh Me or Vietnamese Sandwiches
- Rice Bowls
- Fried Rice
- Smoothies and Drinks
Vegan Bowl doesn’t have a strong online presence. The restaurant neither has a website nor provides the menu on its Facebook page, making it difficult to know the available options beforehand.
This was one of the main reasons I decided to put together this comprehensive guide to the Vegan Bowl menu. Keep reading to learn it all about the plant-based food options available at Vegan Bowl.
Plant-Based Options at Vegan Bowl – A Detailed Overview
As mentioned earlier, Vegan Bowl offers 100% vegan Vietnamese food. Your options include:
Vegan Bowl Appetizer Options
When dining at Vegan Bowl, you have the following food choices to start your vegan meal with:
Any list of Asian appetizers is not complete without rolls. Vegan Bowl makes sure that there are enough varieties that everyone can find an option they like. The restaurant offers several varieties of Vietnamese-style rolls. These include:
- Vegan Bowl “Egg” Rolls – Contrary to what the name suggests, these rolls are made with eggless wraps stuffed with vermicelli noodles, mung bean, onion, carrot, jicama, taro, and tofu. The vegan egg rolls are served with soy protein dip and sweet chili sauce.
- Veggie “Egg” Rolls – Wrapped in eggless spring roll wrappers, you get a healthy and flavorful combination of cabbage, onion, mushroom, carrot, green beans, tofu, and bean curd. You also get sweet chili sauce on the side for an extra burst of flavor,
- BBQ Rolls – These are rice paper rolls starring vegan BBQ-flavored beef. Other ingredients include vermicelli noodles, green leaf lettuce, daikon, cucumber, and pickled carrots.
- Teriyaki Chickun Rolls – Want to try rolls with Asian flavors? Try these vegan teriyaki chickun rolls made with teriyaki-flavored plant-based chicken, green leaf lettuce, daikon, cucumbers, pickled carrot, and vermicelli noodles stuffed in rice paper.
- Lemongrass Tofu Rolls – This vegan Vietnamese roll will be a hit among those who like tofu. Made with rice paper, these come stuffed with lemongrass tofu, green leaf lettuce, daikon, cucumber, pickled carrot, and vermicelli noodles.
- Shrimp Delight Fresh Rolls – This is another variety of Vietnamese rice paper rolls available at Vegan Bowl. As the name tells, it contains vegan shrimp as the main ingredient. All the other ingredients are the same as in other rice paper roll varieties; cucumber, lettuce, daikon, pickled carrot, and vermicelli noodles.
- Five Spices Bean Curd Fresh Rolls – Want to have fresh rolls but don’t like or not in the mood for vegan shrimp? Try these spiced bean curd rolls. Wrapped in rice paper, you get a delicious mix of five-spiced bean curd, lettuce, cucumber, daikon, pickled carrot, and vermicelli noodles.
- Veggie Fresh Rolls – Try this veggie variety when you are in the mood for some classic fresh rolls. It has all the same vegetables as you get in other fresh rolls and vermicelli noodles. No vegan meat or any other additional ingredient here.
*Veggie Fresh Rolls, Lemongrass Tofu Rolls, Shrimp Delight Rolls, and Five Spiced Bean Curd Rolls are served with your choice of sauces from sweet chili sauce, peanut sauce, and vegan fish sauce.
Want to start your meal at Vegan Bowl with some crispy goodness? Try these fried vegan shrimps.
Made by deep frying lightly battered plant-based shrimps, this Vegan Bowl appetizer offers a perfect combination of flavors and textures.
Fried shrimps are sprinkled with fresh cilantro and dried basil leaf to add the refreshing herby aroma and flavor and served on a bed of fresh green leaf lettuce.
When in doubt, get yourself some chicken nuggets because you can never go wrong with them. At Vegan Bowl, they are made with plant-based chicken seasoned and fried to crispy perfection.
To make these even better, they are served with sweet chili sauce on the side.
Noodle Soups at Vegan Bowl
Noodle soups are highly popular in the Asian world. And it’s easy to understand why. Rich, hearty, filling, and oh-so-delicious, Asian noodle soups are complete meals on their own.
The incredible combination of textures that they offer is unparalleled.
At Vegan Bowl, all the noodle soups are made with vegan broth prepared using a variety of Asian vegetables and fruits. Here are the vegan noodle soup options available at Vegan Bowl:
If you like Asian food, there is no way you have not tried the rich and delicious traditional Vietnamese soup, called pho. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out big time.
Featuring a combination of noodles, meats, and herbs in a clear broth, pho is highly popular in Vietnam and is also considered the country’s national dish.
Like all other dishes, it gets a vegan makeover in the Vegan Bowl kitchen and is available in the following varieties:
- House Special Pho – Contains fresh rice noodles, fried tofu, soy beef slices, and soy ham in a vegan broth and comes topped with jalapenos, bean sprouts, onion, scallion, basil, and cilantro, and a lime wedge on the side.
- Soy Beef Pho – As evident from the name, this vegan Vietnamese noodle soup has vegan beef as the main ingredient. Other elements include fresh rice noodles, onion, bean sprouts, jalapenos, scallions, basil, cilantro, and lime.
- Soy Ham Pho – This is similar to the Soy Beef Pho, with the only exception of vegan meat. Contrary to beef, this one contains soy ham. All other ingredients are the same.
- Fresh Bean Curd Pho – When you choose this vegan noodle soup option at Vegan Bowl, you get a warm bowl of clear broth with fresh rice noodles, fresh bean curd, onion, scallion, bean sprouts, jalapeno, basil, and cilantro. You also get a lime wedge on the side, so you can further enhance the flavor with some citrusy goodness.
- Tofu Pho – This vegan pho contains all the same ingredients as the ones mentioned above, except the type of protein. It contains fried tofu.
- Veggies Pho – This is your simple vegetable and noodle soup without any vegan meat.
Udon Noodle Soup
Not a big fan of thin rice noodles? Or, perhaps, in the mood for something different than the traditional Vietnamese pho? Whatever the case is, this vegan udon noodle soup at Vegan Bowl makes a great choice.
With a vegetable broth as the base, it contains udon noodles (as the name tells), vegan shrimp, soy chickun ham, minced protein, fried tofu, five spices bean curd, green leaf lettuce, mushrooms, fried onion, scallion, garlic flakes, and cilantro.
This delicious and hearty serving of vegan soup is topped with jalapenos and bean sprouts just before serving and comes with a lime wedge on the side. Is your mouth watering yet?
Golden Noodle Soup (Mi Nuoc)
This traditional Vietnamese soup got its name from the yellow noodles used in it. All its other ingredients are the same as in the udon noodle soup.
Phnom Penh Noodle Soup (Hu Tieu)
This Vegan Bowl soup is also pretty much similar to the udon noodle soup. The only difference between the two is that they contain different types of noodles.
Instead of udon noodles, Phnom Penh noodle soup contains fresh rice noodles. All other ingredients are exactly the same.
Note: You can also add extra vegetables to your noodle soup with just $1.50 extra cost.
Vegan Bowl Noodle Salads
Delicious, filling, and refreshing, noodle salads make a great option for the salad lovers out there. They are also great for those looking to increase their vegetable intake, but find typical green salads too boring.
Vegan Bowl offers a good variety of noodle salads, and they are all completely free of animal ingredients.
All the salads contain the same kind of noodles and a variety of vegetables. What makes them different is the type of vegan protein.
Each Vegan Bowl noodle salad contains a different variety of marinated vegan protein, which is basically what gives them their name.
Your options for plant-based noodle salad at Vegan Bowl include the following:
- BBQ Noodle Salad – This vegan noodle salad stars BBQ-flavored soy protein. Other ingredients include vermicelli noodles, green leaf lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, and mint. You also get a veggie eggroll on the side for some crunch.
- Mongolian Noodle Salad – If you like a hint of spice in your food, this vegan noodle salad is a great option. With Mongolian chickun and red pepper flakes, this noodle salad is mild-spicy. All the other ingredients, i.e., vegetables, are the same as in the BBQ salad. You get a veggie eggroll on the side with this as well.
- Teriyaki Chickun Noodle Salad – As evident from the name, this noodle salad is made with teriyaki-flavored vegan chicken. All the other ingredients are the same as in other varieties.
- Lucky Lemongrass Noodle Salad – This is another mild spicy variety of noodle salad with lucky lemongrass vegan chicken as the core ingredient. The addition of red pepper flakes gives it a spicy kick.
- Five Spices Bean Curd Noodle Salad – With bean curd flavored with five (secret) spices and sautéed in a house special sauce, this vegan noodle salad is packed with robust flavors and will become your new favorite from the first bite.
- Ocean Delight Noodle Salad – This vegan noodle salad features lightly battered and crispy fried vegan shrimps as the main ingredient. It also contains red pepper flakes, which make it slightly spicy.
- Lemongrass Tofu Noodle Salad – This one’s for tofu lovers. But, be careful if you have a very low spice tolerance as it contains red pepper flakes and is labeled as mild spicy on the Vegan Bowl menu.
- Ginger Tofu Noodle Salad – Like tofu but can’t handle spice? Try this ginger tofu noodle salad. It’s not spicy and contains fried tofu sautéed in delicious house special sauce.
Note: All the noodle salads at Vegan Bowl are served with house-pickled daikon and carrots, scallions in oil, roasted crushed peanuts, and vegan fish sauce, making them all the more flavorful (and interesting).
Stir-Fried Noodles at Vegan Bowl
Talk about Asian cuisine and not have stir-fried noodles on the list? Not possible.
At Vegan Bowl, all the stir-fried noodles are made with everyone’s absolute favorite – ramen.
Just like noodle salad, all the varieties of vegan stir-fried noodles at Vegan Bowl are made with the same base ingredients (vegetables and spices). The only difference between them is the type of vegan protein each has.
Vegan Bowl noodles are made by stir-frying ramen noodles in restaurant’s special sauce along with cabbage, broccoli, onion, bean sprouts, carrot, green onion, and your choice of vegan protein from:
- Fried Tofu
- Soy Chickun
- Soy Beef
- Soy Shrimp
- Soy Ham
Can’t choose between the proteins? You can also get vegan ramen stir-fry with a protein combo containing soy chickun, beef, shrimp, and fried tofu.
Banh Mi Options at Vegan Bowl
Banh Mi literally means bread. But, in Vietnam, it refers to the classic sandwich made with baguette and offers an incredible combination of flavors and textures.
The crisp, light, and airy baguette is filled with a variety of ingredients that traditionally include some type of meat, pickled and fresh vegetables, sauces, and seasoning to make this scrumptious sandwich.
At Vegan Bowl, this traditional Vietnamese sandwich also gets a vegan makeover, like all other items on the menu, and is available in several different varieties made using different types of vegan protein.
Like stir-fried ramen, all the other sandwich ingredients remain the same in all varieties.
Vegan Bowl Banh Mi sandwiches contain green leaf lettuce, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, apple slices, cilantro, vegan mayonnaise, soy sauce, salt and pepper, and your choice of protein.
Your protein options for vegan Banh Mi at Vegan Bowl include:
- BBQ Banh Mi – Contains soy protein slices marinated in BBQ sauce
- Teriyaki Chickun Banh Mi – Made with vegan chickun marinated in house-made vegan teriyaki sauce
- Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi – Features tofu stir-fried with lemongrass. Lemongrass tofu usually includes a couple of other ingredients as well, like shallots and soy sauce. But, we don’t know if that’s also the case at Vegan Bowl because the menu doesn’t tell.
- Ginger Tofu Banh Mi – This Vietnamese sandwich is made with fried tofu that is sautéed in house-special sauce with fresh ginger.
- Five Spices Bean Curd Banh Mi – Made with fresh bean curd sautéed in Vegan Bowl’s special sauce.
- Lucky Lemongrass Banh Mi – Contains vegan chicken flavored with lemongrass.
- Ocean Delight Signature Banh Mi – The sandwich stars vegan shrimp, prepared by dipping in house-made batter and then fried until crisp and golden brown.
- Vegan Bowl Banh Mi – This makes a great option for those who like their Banh Mi a little spicy. It gets the spice kick from red pepper flakes added on top of stuffing. The core ingredients include vegan chicken marinated in the restaurant’s special sauce, lemongrass, and garlic.
Rice Bowl Options at Vegan Bowl
Rice bowls are light on the stomach yet fill you up and, if made the right way, satisfy your taste buds too. At Vegan Bowl, you get a range of plant-based rice bowls made with different types of vegan proteins.
You can also choose to have them made in white rice or if you’re looking for a healthier option, brown rice (at a small extra cost).
All the plant-based rice bowls at Vegan Bowlare served with steamed broccoli and carrot, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, and cilantro over a bed of rice of your choice.
The main component of the dish, i.e., vegan protein, is available in the following varieties:
- Lemongrass Tofu – Fried tofu sautéed with lemongrass, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
- Ginger Tofu – Fresh tofu sautéed in the restaurant’s special sauce with fresh ginger and garlic.
- Five Spices Bean Curd – Fresh bean curd sautéed in house-special sauce with freshly chopped ginger and garlic.
- Lucky Lemongrass Chickun – Vegan chicken fillet cooked with lemongrass, fresh garlic, and red pepper flakes to give it a spice kick. This vegan rice bowl is labeled as mild spicy on the Vegan Bowl menu.
- Teriyaki Chickun – Plant-based chicken fillet sautéed in teriyaki sauce with onion and garlic.
- Mongolian Chickun – Fillet of plant-based chicken is sautéed in Mongolian sauce with onion, garlic, and lemongrass to make this delicious rice bowl topping.
- BBQ Soy Protein – As the name tells, this is soy protein marinated with BBQ sauce. It’s sautéed with garlic and onion before serving.
- Ocean Delight – This one’s a great option for those who like a hint of spice in their food. Labeled as mild spicy on the Vegan Bowl menu, this rice bowl protein is made with lightly battered fried vegan shrimp that is sautéed with onion, jalapenos, basil, and red pepper flakes just before serving.
- Delight Broccoli – Don’t let the name of this rice bowl makes you believe that it doesn’t contain any vegan protein because it contains three different types. This vegan rice bowl topping is made by stir-frying broccoli with soy protein slices, soy shrimp, fried tofu, onion, carrots, and fresh mushrooms. This rich and hearty mix is served with your choice of rice and the same combination of vegetables that you get with other rice bowls. But, this one also contains light ginger sauce and sesame seeds, added on top just before serving.
- Deluxe Vegetables – In addition to Vegan Bowls’ standard vegetable mix for rice bowls, this Deluxe Vegetable bowl also contains a stir-fried mix of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, fresh mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, soy protein, soy shrimp, and fried tofu. A light ginger sauce and sesame seeds are added to the rice bowl before serving for some more flavor and texture.
- Eggplant Tofu – This is a seasonal vegan protein option for rice bowls. It’s made with fresh tofu, eggplant, soy shrimp, soy protein slices, and onion. You get sesame seeds and light ginger sauce on top with this one as well.
- Cherish Green Bean – Another seasonal option, this vegan protein mix is made with tofu, soy shrimp, soy protein slices, green beans, onions, carrots, and fresh mushrooms. It’s served over a bed of rice and veggie mix, topped with light ginger sauce and sesame seeds.
Fried Rice Options at Vegan Bowl
For days when you’re not in the mood for rice bowls or craving fried rice, Vegan Bowl offers a couple of vegan-friendly fried rice options. These include:
Curry Fried Rice
This delicious and filling fried rice variety is made by stir-frying white rice with minced soy protein, vegan ham, fried tofu cubes, peas, carrots, garlic, cilantro, turmeric, and curry.
Lemongrass Fried Rice
As the name tells, this fried rice variety contains lemongrass. But, that’s not just it; there is a lot more. It also has minced soy protein, fried tofu, vegan ham, peas, carrots, garlic, and cilantro and is seasoned with black pepper.
Vegan Bowl Smoothies and Drinks
No matter how amazing your food is, your meal isn’t complete without a drink. Vegan Bowl has quite a few options to choose from. Needless to say, they are all vegan-friendly, even smoothies and milk teas. They are all made with plant-based milk.
Here’s a complete list of drink options at Vegan Bowl for your reference:
- Soft Drinks
- Thai Tea
- Black Tea
- Jasmine Tea
- Fresh Lemon Black Tea
- Fresh Lemon Green Tea
- Vegan Thai Iced Tea
- Vegan Thai Iced Tea with Boba
- Classic Milk Tea
- Boba Milk Tea
- Mango Boba Black Tea
- Mango Boba Green Tea
- Passion Fruit Black Tea
- Passion Fruit Green Tea
- Kumquat Lemon Black Tea
- Kumquat Lemon Green Tea
- Grapefruit Black Tea
- Grapefruit Green Tea
Juices and Smoothies
- Fresh Carrot Juice
- Pina Colada
- Lemon Raspberry
- Orange Dream
- Jamaican Dream
- Raspberry Shake
- Strawberry Shake
- Berry Sunrise – Raspberries, strawberries, apples, and banana
- Purple Rain – Raspberries and apple
- Malibu Sunset – Passion fruit and mandarin orange
- Lava Flow – Pina colada, apple, banana, and strawberry swirl
- Banana Berry – Banana, strawberries, and orange
Vegan Bowl Desserts
Vegan Bowl only offers one plant-based dessert option, and that is Flan.
The rich, creamy dessert is originally non-vegan, as it contains milk and eggs. Some recipes of Flan also call for cream cheese. But, at Vegan Bowl, it’s made using all plant-based ingredients.
While the Vegan Bowl menu doesn’t tell what it is made of, it highlights that the dessert is vegan-friendly. So, don’t fret about ingredients and enjoy this smooth, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth dessert known for its amazing caramel flavor.
Vegan Bowl may not be a big name in the vegan food industry. It may also not have an impressive dining environment. But, one thing you are sure to find here is great food.
The family-owned and operated café serves authentic Vietnamese food made with all vegan ingredients. What makes this restaurant even better is that there are plenty of options available.
The extensive Vegan Bowl menu is a treat for all those who like Asian flavors. So, if you live in West Jordan, Utah, or visiting the city, make sure to go to this restaurant for a great vegan Vietnamese meal.
Did you find this article helpful? Want to know about more vegan restaurants around the country? Check out the website’s Dining Out page or read my article Bar Vegan Menu to get started.