Every Friday, Liz Nguyen and Joseph Tam bring bags of fresh vegetables, nuts, beans, spices, and herbs to a spacious, white-tiled kitchen behind Broadway Market in East London. Over the course of the evening, they prepare two days’ worth of vegan Vietnamese food to sell at their new food stall, Eat Chay. Using the Vietnamese word for “vegetarian” or “vegan,” Eat Chay showcases Nguyen and Tam’s take on both vegan and Asian food, combining the two in a way that actually harkens back to Vietnam’s pre-Colonial cuisine. “A lot of the ‘authentic’ Vietnamese dishes that Westerners know about—usually the French had a lot of influence over that,” says Nguyen. Originally hailing from Hanoi (Nguyen) and Hong Kong (Tam), the pair[…]

Every Friday, Liz Nguyen and Joseph Tam bring bags of fresh vegetables, nuts, beans, spices, and herbs to a spacious, white-tiled kitchen behind Broadway Market in East London. Over the course of the evening, they prepare two days’ worth of vegan Vietnamese food to sell at their new food stall, Eat Chay. Using the Vietnamese word for “vegetarian” or “vegan,” Eat Chay showcases Nguyen and Tam’s take on both vegan and Asian food, combining the two in a way that actually harkens back to Vietnam’s pre-Colonial cuisine. “A lot of the ‘authentic’ Vietnamese dishes that Westerners know about—usually the French had a lot of influence over that,” says Nguyen. Originally hailing from Hanoi (Nguyen) and Hong Kong (Tam), the pair[…]