|Kid's Pho & Five Spice Beancurd Bahn Mi|
All Chay has been open for a little over a year, and in that time this little vegan Vietnamese restaurant has become my very favorite.
|All Chay exterior|
Serving fresh vegan Vietnamese food at reasonable prices, All Chay become very popular with vegans as well as omnivores. I visit All Chay at least once a week for lunch. I've never had a bad experience; the service is always friendly and polite, my food is prepared quickly and it's always delicious.
I'm a little obsessed. I write about All Chay every chance I get, like here for Devour Utah. And that plaque on the wall from City Weekly's Best of issue for Best Vegan Pho? I wrote that too. My Instagram and Twitter account is full of All Chay. Everyone knows it's my favorite place! After a year of happy eating, it seemed high time to write an updated blog post.
|Vietnamese & Vegan - two of my favorite words!|
|Teriyaki Chickun Rice Dish|
The Teriyaki Chickun ($8.95) is succulent and juicy, flavored with teriyaki sauce and grilled onions. It's perfect with rice and veggies - filling and satisfying. Opt for this tasty mock meat in fresh spring rolls, noodle salad and as a Bahn Mi.
|My favorite Bahn Mi - Five Spices Bean Curd|
At $5.50, the Bahn Mi is ideal for a cheap, tasty lunch - my version of fast food! There are seven options ranging from mock meats to flavorful tofu. Inside the crunchy baguette, you'll find vegan mayonnaise, cucumber, lettuce cilantro and soy sauce accompanying your choice of protein.
|Lemongrass Tofu Noodle Salad|
The Noodle Salads ($8.50) are enormous, full of different flavors and textures. Choose your protein and get ready to dig in. This refreshing and filling salad is made of vermicelli noodles, fresh greens, bean sprouts, cucumber, a sliced fried eggroll topped with crunchy roasted peanuts and scallions, house pickled carrots and diakon and served with a sweet and sour sauce.
|The best desk lunch! Kid's Pho, Autumn Rolls and Flan|
I'm pretty lucky that All Chay is so close to my work. At least once a week, my desk looks like a Vietnamese buffet. I call it "All Chay Day" and it's glorious.
|Another best desk lunch! Kid's Pho and Five Spices Beancurd Bahn Mi|
The Kid's Pho is only $5 and it's small enough that you can pair it with a Bahn Mi or appetizer! I'm continually impressed by the depth and rich flavor. The pho comes with rice noodles, mock ham, fried tofu, soy beef slices and the usual accoutrements of bean sprouts, basil, jalapeno, lime and cilantro. They also give you a little container of Sriracha and hoisin. For $1 more, you can add veggies to the mix.
|Ocean Love Noodles|
|Ocean Love Rice Dish|
All Chay is located at 1264 West 500 North. Since they don't have much of a social media presence, their Yelp reviews are very helpful. You can find their full menu here. I've never been comped a meal at All Chay for social media or blogging purposes. I just really really love their food. Sometimes I do get a complimentary flan ($1.50), but I think all the regulars are occasinally treated to the jiggly coffee flavored dessert.
This past week I noticed lush gardens in front of All Chay and was so charmed that I stopped to take pictures. To me these gardens grown over the past year epitomize everything I love about this restaurant - passion for good food, love for community and a joy for life.
|So much basil!|
|So many tomatoes!|
|I have never seen watermelon growing in a parking lot until now!|