We are a shine-bright-like-a-diamond vegan food truck standing at the Albert Cuyp market, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Our focus is on the authentic and vegan aspects of the Vietnamese cuisine.
It all began when Ha, the truck’s owner, found out about the heart-breaking issues behind the kitchens of many Vietnamese restaurants. Most places use chicken broth for their “veg option” noodle soup. Sometimes they even use the actual fish sauce for so-called “vegan” fish sauce.
This combined with the love for cooking motivated her to start a fully vegan business offering Vietnamese food. She named the truck “Chay”, which means vegan and vegetarian in Vietnamese. There is a long story why this word has two meanings. If you are curious, come visit us to find out!
Banh Mi is Our Pride
We bake the bread ourselves!
The best baguette for Banh Mi dish has to be extremely airy inside, but still with a perfect crunchy crust. The bread from supermarkets is an absolute no-no when it comes to choosing the right bread. Bakeries always have good bread, but those are too dense for Banh Mi. We also encountered several amazing baguettes from Turkish stores, but the texture is just not the right crunchiness we want. So, our last option is baking it ourselves.
There are so many ups and downs along our learning journey to bake the best bread for Banh Mi. That’s why we brag about it all the time. There is not a single customer who got disappointed after trying our Banh Mi. You should try it too!
The Best Vegan Bubble Tea in the Netherlands?
We don’t hesitate to make this claim.
Making the best vegan bubble tea is not as easy as it sounds. We don’t want to just add random plant-based milks or fruit-flavored syrup into our tea and call it vegan bubble tea. We were extremely serious in researching, testing, failing, starting the whole process again to find the best recipes. Our milk teas have its unique creamy after-taste which you usually cannot find in other vegan options elsewhere.
We avoid using artificial flavors as much as possible. Our fruit tea is made with real lemongrass, citrus, and ginger.
And, why these three ingredients? This is our way to blend Vietnamese culture in the ongoing trend. Bubble tea is not originally from Vietnam. However, Vietnamese people do drink a lot of (bubble) tea. Two out of our favorite tea flavors are citrus lemongrass and ginger lemongrass.
Chay in Bar Theo
We got a chance to work with Bar Theo at the Rozengracht, near Anne Frank House. We share the same location. Team Chay will take care of your food, and Bar Theo will serve you drinks. Please keep in mind that some of their cocktails may contain egg white.
At Chay in Bar Theo, we provide a menu with more options like homemade spring rolls, DIY summer rolls, rice dish with grilled eggplant, tapioca dumplings, avocado ice cream, etc.
You will experience a whole different vibe at this bar compared to at our truck. However, whichever location you visit, we always try our best to bring you the most authentic and delicious vegan Vietnamese food.
If you have any request or question, please send us an SMS or a WhatsApp message via (06) 57411081, an email via email@example.com or use the form below.