The Golden Temple Soup at Vancouver's Chau Veggie Express. Photo credit: Melly Woo.

The Golden Temple Soup at Vancouver's Chau Veggie Express. Photo credit: Melly Woo.

The Planter's Guide is pleased to welcome new contributor, Danielle Leroux, who will share her latest plant-based foodie finds in Vancouver (and beyond), where you can get healthy, nourishing, and delicious food in the city.

By Danielle Leroux

For my first column, my long-time favourite: Chau Veggie Express. This community-based eatery serves up Vietnamese-inspired vegan dishes. From hearty bowls, to flavourful soups and veg-packed salads, it’s hard to go wrong or hungry. I first visited Chau at their East Van location, but if you don’t mind braving the tourists (and the birds), I recommend making a trip to their spot on Granville Island – especially by Aqua Bus!

Last weekend, after a morning hike, followed by a walk along Spanish Banks, I was definitely ready for dinner. Enter: Chau Veggie Express. I went with #17, the Golden Temple Soup: a light turmeric coconut curry broth – creamy, slightly spicy, and a hint of lemongrass –  full of steamed seasonal vegetables, soft tofu, yam, quinoa, and of course, some kale. The comforting dish hit the spot and filled me up after an active day around the city.

Hungry for something a little more? I recommend getting an order (or two) of their perfectly crispy ‘nonla’ spring rolls, served with a lemon vegan ‘fish’ sauce.

And whether you’re gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, or none of the above, I’ve always found Chau happy to accommodate substitutions, customize your meal, and answer any questions about menu ingredients.

Learn more about Chau Veggie Express and find their menu at:

Follow Chau on Instagram and be prepared to get hungry looking at their veggie packed, colourful dishes.

What: Golden Temple Soup

Where: Chau Veggie Express, 5052 Victoria Street, Vancouver

Price: $13 / bowl

Danielle Leroux works in BC’s liquor industry and is the co-founder and Chief Strategist at Organza Communications. Danielle is a regular contributor to #MeatlessMonday and #FoodieFriday features for The Planter's Guide. Follow her on Instagram and visit her blog at