Chau Veggie Express opened its doors on Victoria Drive back in 2011, after Maria (owner) made a life-changing decision to open a plant-based Vietnamese Eatery. The journey of Chau Veggie originated back to the streets of Saigon, where Maria’s mother, Co Chau, discovered her passion for food when she was only 13 years old, crafting traditional Vietnamese delicacies while working at a small soup-stall.
The journey of Chau Veggie originally began as CHAU Kitchen and Bar, a restaurant with a modern and unique take on Vietnamese cuisine infused with French cooking techniques. However, Maria had to make the difficult decision to close the restaurant after being confronted with the reality of family health issues. After strategizing with what to do next, she decided that the best thing to do was to take her passion for food, her cultural Vietnamese background, and to fuse that with the healthiest food possible: vegan and vegetarianism.
When Chau Veggie first opened, it was a small eatery. Thereafter, she teamed up with her childhood best friend and executive pastry chef, Andrew Han, to create a coffee and dessert bar. Chef Andrew took up the challenge to master the art of vegan and gluten-free pastry and Chau Veggie is proud to serve his to-die-for vegan and non-vegan treats (also, they are simply the perfect way to end a healthy meal!).
Now, Chau Veggie is what is in front of you: a fresh, healthy, and convenient plant-based eatery tied to Vietnamese roots. Chau Veggie is evolving and expanding with two locations, in East Vancouver and at the Granville Island Public Market. Even with all the new changes, the mindset behind Chau remains the same: to positively contribute to the sustainable consumption of food and to prioritize optimum health as best as possible. Chau Veggie tries its best to maintain a balance between sustainability, vegetarian lifestyles, and the community’s needs and wants to ultimately, leave a better footprint on our Earth.